Medicare Enrollment: When do I Start Getting Benefits?

Medicare enrollment is a very confusing and intense time for many people because the decision is so important to your well being.  The choices that you make in Medicare enrollment will affect the rest of your life, for the year you are enrolled, because you will have certain benefits available to you or not available to you based on your choices.  So, then when will your Medicare benefits begin in your life? 

Here is the exact definition of when your Medicare enrollment begins if you already receive social security benefits:

“If you already get benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board, you are automatically entitled to Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance) starting the first day of the month you turn age 65. You will not need to do anything to enroll. Your Medicare card will be mailed to you about 3 months before your 65th birthday. If your 65th birthday is February 20, 2010, your Medicare effective date would be February 1, 2010. (Note: if your birthday is on the 1st day of any month, Medicare Part A and Part B will be effective the 1st day of the prior month. For example, if your 65th birthday is February 1, 2010, your Medicare effective date would be January 1, 2010.)”

There are other extenuating circumstances where your Medicare enrollment may be even earlier, for more just continue reading this website.

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