If you are already getting Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you will be contacted a few months before you become eligible for Medicare and given the information you need. You will be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B automatically. However, because you must pay a premium for Part B coverage, you have the option of turning it down. If you are not already getting retirement benefits, you should contact the U.S. Social Security Administration about three months before your 65th birthday to sign up for Medicare. You can sign up for Medicare even if you do not plan to retire at age 65. Once you are enrolled in Medicare, you will receive a Medicare card showing whether you have Part A, Part B or both. Keep your card in a safe place so you will have it when you need it. You also will receive a “Medicare & You” handbook that describes your Medicare benefits and plan choices. For more information about specific plans or to find our which plan is best for you call your GVP pharmacist today!
— Source: U.S. Social Security Administration
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