The majority of people turning 65 will be signing up for Medicare A and B. (Also called original Medicare) Those that are receiving Social Security payments will be signed up automatically while those that have not elected Social Security will need to call the local social security office. There is an easier way to sign up that most people are not utilizing.
Seniors can sign up for Medicare Part A and B online. The process is simple and quick and you don’t need to drive to the Social Security office. You also do NOT need to be receiving Social Security payments to enroll in Medicare A and B. You may sign up for A and B and still defer your payments from Social Security. Medicare A and B status may also be verified online. Please note that in order to qualify for Medicare Part A, you need to have met one of the following criteria: 40 working quarters, qualify through a spouse or be eligible due to disability.
Medicare A and B are Medical Benefits only. They do not provide drug benefits nor does the government sell a drug plan (Medicare part D plan). Part D plans are only available from private insurance companies.