How Do I Sign Up for Medicare?


Whether you want to sign up for Medicare yourself or are an employer helping your employees navigate the system, the process does not need to be complicated. While transitioning from the traditional health insurance marketplace can feel intimidating, it is actually quite simple when you have an expert on your side.

M3 Elevate’s Medicare team knows the ins and outs of Medicare and all the options that go along with it – including Medicare Advantage, Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans – that can help offset out-of-pocket expenses. We have close relationships with the top insurance companies and work with them to find the best plan and value for you and your family.

In each of our FAQ posts, we’re demystifying a key piece of information about Medicare. Today, we’re covering how you can sign up for Medicare.

How do I sign up for Medicare?

If you already get Social Security benefits…

You will automatically be enrolled in Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) and Medical Insurance (Part B). The Social Security Office will mail you all the information you need a few months before you become eligible.

Note: Residents of Puerto Rico or foreign countries won’t automatically receive Medicare Part B. They must elect this benefit.

If you don’t get Social Security benefits and are not ready to apply for them yet…

We recommend that you sign up for Medicare three months before your 65th birthday. The easiest way to sign up for Medicare is online at

If you don’t wish to apply online, you can make an appointment by calling 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), 8:00 am – 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

If you or your employees are nearing retirement, turning 65, or just looking for general information about Medicare, turn to M3 Elevate for insight and guidance. M3 Elevate’s Medicare team is at the ready to assist you with your questions about Medicare.

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