Applicants can check on their Medicare applicationsﾒ status using the status information tool on the official Social Security website. An applicant should wait at least five days after filing an application to check its status.
Individuals can apply for Medicare online, in person at a Social Security office or by phone, as Social Security states. Applying online allows the applicant to receive an online receipt that can be printed for the applicantﾒs records, provide answers at the applicantﾒs preferred pace and correct any information as necessary. Applying at a Social Security office requires that the applicant schedule an appointment in advance. Phone applications are available weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and a separate line is available for applicants with hearing difficulties. Individuals not living in a U.S. state or territory can contact the nearest available U.S. consulate, embassy or Social Security office.
To ensure that insurance and prescription drug coverage are not delayed, individuals should apply for Medicare at least three months before turning 65, Social Security advises. Even individuals who are working and do not expect to receive retirement benefits should apply at this time. Applicants can indicate in their online application that they currently do not wish to receive retirement benefits and proceed to apply for them later.