How To Sign Up For Medicare Part C
Who Signs Up
While enrollment in Medicare Part A is often automatic for those that qualify for premium-free coverage, enrollment in Medicare Part C is voluntary.
You must have Medicare Part A and B to get a Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plan).
In most cases, you cannot join Medicare Part C if you have an End Stage Renal Disease.
Where to Sign Up
Once you choose a Medicare Part C plan, you can enroll on on the plan’s website, or you can call the Medicare number at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
When you join a Medicare drug plan, you’ll need to give your Medicare number and the date your Part A and/or Part B coverage started. This information is on your Medicare card.
When To Sign Up
You can sign up for Medicare Part C coverage during the Initial enrollment Period or the Annual Election Period, or Special Election Period.
1. Initial Enrollment Period
Begins three months before your 65th birthday and is seven months long
2. Annual Enrollment Period
Takes place from October 15 to December 7 every year
3. Special Election Period
Enables you to enroll in Part D plans if you have a qualifying life event such as moving outside your currents plan’s service area