How To Sign Up For Medicare Part C

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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

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