Happy Birthday, Medicare! What Happens When You Turn 65 Featured

Social Security, Presented by J. Dyer, District Manager in Prescott July 19, 2021 47

July is Medicare’ Birthday!

Big Idea

  • It’s the 56th anniversary of Medicare
  • You can apply for Medicare online
  • The timing of your application is critically important
  • Some Medicare recipients may qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plans
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Be sure to study up on Medicare when you are thinking about applying.

This July marks the 56th anniversary of Medicare.  Did you know you can apply for Medicare online even if you are not ready to start your retirement benefits?  Applying online can take less than 10 minutes.  There are no forms to sign and we usually require no additional documentation.  We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information.

Knowing when to apply for Medicare is very important.  You have a limited initial enrollment period to apply.  If you miss the initial enrollment period, you may have to pay a higher monthly premium.  If you’re eligible for Medicare at age 65, your initial enrollment period begins three months before your 65th birthday and ends three months after that birthday.  Visit www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare to apply for Medicare and find other important information.  


Some Medicare beneficiaries may qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs.  To qualify for Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.  Read our publication Understanding the Extra Help With Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan for more information at www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10508.pdf

The official Medicare website at Medicare.gov offers many online services where you can find answers to these questions:  

 Please share these helpful resources with friends and family today. 

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