America’s Miss Medicare, Toni King joins @SeniorResource to break down some Medicare basics and answer some confusing questions as easily as possible. What is Medicare? How do you enroll in Medicare? Can you get Medicare before turning 65? This video shares some ESSENTIAL, yet SIMPLE things to know if you’re getting up in age.
Medicare is government-provided health insurance for people who are turning 65 or under 65 and receiving Social Security Disability. Medicare helps cover the cost of healthcare, including hospital stays, doctors’ services, outpatient care, and prescription drugs.
The only way you automatically get your Medicare card is when you turn 65 and you are already receiving your Social Security check.
This is a huge area of confusion for a lot of people because – how would you know this?
If you are turning 65 and not receiving your Social Security Check, you have 3 months before your birthday, the month of your birthday, and 3 months after your birthday to enroll.
You probably think you just log on to Medicare’s website and fill out a form, right?
Enrolling in Medicare is actually done on SocialSecurity.gov.
Medicare does not enroll you. They take care of you after you’re enrolled.
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Originally published November 17, 2023