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How to apply for Medicare?
I'm Christopher Grimmond, found of Omaha Insurance Solutions, here to discuss how to apply for Medicare.
There are two ways to apply for Medicare. The 1st way, and most time consuming, is to call the local Social Security office-not Medicare, local Social Security office. You can google Social Security and your location. That will give you the offices and phone numbers.
You call the office three months before the month of your 65th birthday. They will most likely set an appointment for a month and a half later. You drive down to the office. Wait. Then they will enroll you in about 10 minutes. If you have to take time off from work, that can be an incredible inconvenience.
The second way, which I highly recommend, is going online. Go to Social Security or ssa.gov. On the topic bar at the top of the page will be Benefits. Click on Benefits. There will be a drop down. On the left hand side toward the middle, you will see Medicare. Click on Medicare. Then you will arrive. The next click is to apply for Medicare. Follow the props. It should take about 5 minutes and you will be done.
Now at the end of your application, you will receive a code. Write that number down, or better yet, print it out. You will need that along with your Social Security number to go back in and check your application. Within five to six business days, you should be in the Medicare system. When you go back in, you will see an indicator that you will receive something in the mail.
You should receive a written notification from CMS (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services) that you are accepted within 4 weeks approximately.
The letter will have your Medicare Claim number, which is usually your Social Security number with an A or T on the end depending on your circumstances.
Then you should receive your red, white, and blue Medicare card in another 2 weeks. If you don't, give Social Security a call.
Again, I'm Chris Grimmond with Omaha Insurance Solutions.
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