Turning 65? What You Need to Know about signing up for Medicare
The first of the 78 million baby boomers turned 65 on January 1, 2011, and some 10,000 boomers a day will reportedly be turning 65 between now and 2030. If you are about to turn 65, then it is time to think about Medicare. You become eligible for Medicare as soon as you turn 65, and delaying your enrollment can result in penalties, so it is important to act right away. Click on the link below to access the official Gov’t Medicare web site.
NOTE: IF YOU ARE COLLECTING SOCIAL SECURITY PRIOR TO TURNING 65, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENROLLED IN MEDICARE. YOU SHOULD GET YOUR MEDICARE PACKET & ID CARD ABOUT 3 MONTHS PRIOR TO YOUR 65th BIRTHDAY MONTH.
NOTE: IF YOU ARE STILL WORKING AT 65 AND HAVE MEDICAL COVERAGE THROUGH AN EMPLOYER, THAT MAY CHANGE YOUR NEED FOR MEDICARE AS YOUR PRIMARY INSURER. YOU SHOULD CONTACT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS and MEDICARE BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION.
NOTE: A SEPARATE PRESCRIPTION PLAN ID CARD MAY BE SENT TO YOU PRIOR TO TURNING 65. THIS CARD IS NOT GOV’T ISSUED, IT IS FROM THE MTA SPONSORED PLAN AND IS IN ADDITION TO YOUR MEDICARE ID CARD.