Are you about to turn 65?

If you are almost age 65 and are retired or ready to retire, you are likely signing up for Medicare for the first time. Read our tips below to help you plan for Medicare enrollment.

You have a limited time to enroll once you reach the Medicare eligibility age, called the Initial Coverage Election Period (ICEP). This period covers three months before the month of your 65th birthday to three months after. During these seven months, you may enroll in any Medicare plan you’re eligible for.

Learn the Medicare basics:What are the parts of Medicare? What do they cover? How much will I pay? Visit Medicare Basics for answers.

Visit to find out when you’re eligible to enroll in Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance). You may be automatically enrolled if you’re getting Social Security benefits.

Enroll in Medicare Parts A and B before you turn 65 so that you don’t have a lapse in coverage.

Contact your local Social Security Administration office to check whether you’re automatically enrolled based on your Social Security Benefits.

Look at options that give you more coverage than Original Medicare alone, like Medicare Advantage plans.

Medicare Advantage Plans give you all the benefits of Medicare Parts A and B, plus even more coverage such as eyewear, dental and fitness. And many Medicare Advantage Plans also include Medicare Part D drug coverage in the price of the plan.

View EmblemHealth Medicare Advantage Plans

Check with your doctor(s) to see if they accept different types of Medicare coverage. Certain providers may not accept Medicare. Check your prescription drugs to see if they’re covered.

Let us help you find a Medicare Advantage Plan that works for you. Call our EmblemHealth Medicare Specialists at: 800-859-4880 from 8 am to 8 pm.

We can also schedule an in-person appointment.

Last Updated 12/31/2019

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