Where Can You Apply for Medicare Online?


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Those wanting to apply for Medicare online must do so by visiting the Social Security website. On the website, there is a button that says "Apply for Medicare Only." Click that button to begin the application process.

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Only certain people can apply for Medicare benefits. Those who are at least 64 years and 9 months old may apply. People who are not currently receiving Social Security and do not want to receive Social Security yet may also apply. It is recommended that people apply for Medicare three months before their 65th birthday to prevent benefits from being delayed. It is possible to receive Medicare benefits even before a person retires.

Applying online will not only save time and money, because applicants do not need to waste time traveling to the Social Security office, but it will also allow applicants to start and stop the application process as many times as necessary and to make corrections to the application as needed.

After applying online, the application is reviewed and the applicant will be notified if further information is needed. The time it takes for an application to be reviewed and a decision to be made varies, and when a decision has been reached, a decision letter will be mailed to the applicant using regular mail.

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