Signing up for Part A & Part B

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Original Medicare (Part A and B) Eligibility and Enrollment

To be eligible for premium-free Part A, an individual must be entitled to receive Medicare based on their own earnings or those of a spouse, parent, or child. To receive premium-free Part A, the worker must have a specified number of quarters of coverage (QCs) and file an application for Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) benefits. The exact number of QCs required is dependent on whether the person is filing for Part A on the basis of age, disability, or End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). QCs are earned through payment of payroll taxes under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) during the person’s working years. Most individuals pay the full FICA tax so the QCs they earn can be used to meet the requirements for both monthly Social Security benefits and premium-free Part A.
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2017 Medicare Part B Enrollment Guide

If you are turning 65, and do not want to draw Social Security benefits yet,  but want to enroll in Medicare, you can go to www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly. You can apply 3 months prior to turning 65, the month you turn 65, or 3 months after turning 65. Your Medicare Part B benefits will be effective the first day of the month in which you turn 65. Unless your birthday is on the first of the month, then your effective date will be the first day of the prior month. If you enroll after turning 65, your benefits will usually begin on the first of the following month.
Source: medicarehealthplans.com

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