How to Sign Up for Medicare Part A

One of the most common questions among potential enrollees of Medicare is how to sign up for Medicare Part A.

The good news is that the process is easy for all senior citizens.

Two Types of Enrollees

If you want to know the process to sign up for Medicare Part A, chances are you haven’t get automatically enrolled in this program.

Those senior citizens who would be getting benefits from Social Security for at least 4 months before they turn 65 would automatically get enrolled. If you are not getting these benefits for the last four months at your 65th birthday, you will have to sign up with Social Security.

When to Sign Up for Medicare Part A

In usual circumstances, people have to sign up for Medicare when they turn 65. But people with certain disabilities can gain access even if they haven’t yet reached this age.

This access is automatic and the two types are:

Those getting disability benefits from Social Security for the past 24 months and

Those getting disability benefits from RRB for 24 months.

Some other citizens get automatic enrollment because of their medical condition, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, as soon as they start getting their disability benefits.

Patients of End-Stage Renal disease are also eligible to get Medicare Part A and B benefits at younger age. However, the choice of enrolling or not enrolling in this program rests with them.

They can choose to enroll with Medicare, through employer group health plan, as soon as their routine for dialysis starts so they can get the services from the fourth month onwards. Or they can wait until their eligibility criteria are met before applying.

How to Apply

Beneficiaries can enroll through the signup through the Social Security website during office hours.

Wrap Up

Some enrollees don’t get automatically registered with Medicare. They can sign up for Medicare Part A when they turn 65 or when their eligibility criteria are met through their medical conditions.

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