Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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When to Apply for Medicare

If you sign up for Medicare prescription drug coverage (whether through a stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan), you can avoid late-enrollment penalties by enrolling in this coverage as soon as you’re eligible for Medicare. If you decide to stay with Original Medicare and add a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan, the Medigap plan must accept you if you sign up for Medigap during the 6-month period that begins as soon as you are 65 or older and enrolled in Part B. If you don’t buy a Medigap plan at this time, but decide to get one later, the plan may not have to accept you.
Source: ehealthmedicare.com

When and How to Apply for Medicare

If you are not yet receiving Social Security benefits or benefits from the Railroad Retirement system, you are eligible to sign up for Medicare three months before the month you turn 65, but your enrollment will not happen automatically. You must call or apply online – details below. It is to your benefit to sign up for Medicare Part A as soon as you are eligible, even if you still have coverage through a group health plan.
Source: thebalance.com

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