Before Your Enroll in Medicare

Here’s What You Need To Know

As you approach 65, you will need to make important decisions with respect to the type of Medicare coverage that best suits your healthcare and financial needs, and you’ll need to act on those decisions within strict time-periods to avoid making mistakes that could wind up costing you, sometimes for life. The following steps will help you to avoid these common, and sometimes devastating, pitfalls when transitioning to Medicare.

Enrolling in Medicare

Here’s How To Do It Right

For most people, Medicare is not automatic. You need to enroll in original Medicare (Parts A & B) before you can sign up for a Medicare Advantage or Supplement plan. To enroll, you will be required to provide proof of your eligibility. Some acceptable documents are birth certificate, proof citizenship if not born in the US, W-2 or tax forms, and or military records.

You can apply online or call your local Social Security office. You’ll enroll, create your Medicare account, track your Medicare information such as bills, claims, health information and more, as well as print your Medicare card.

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Shelly K. Winson is an insurance professional with more than 25 years of experience, and specializes in helping people with the important milestone of Medicare.  Transitioning to Medicare is a complex process that requires truly understanding your options and the best Medicare solutions for your specific situation.  Most people don’t consider that one illness can quickly wipe out a nest egg without the proper coverage. Shelly can help you avoid the most common mistakes, saving you money in fines and penalties, as well as excessive out-of-pocket costs.