How Do I Apply Online for Medicare Parts A&B?

How Do I Apply Online for Medicare Parts A&B?

Congratulations. You’ve made it to your enrollment for Medicare and can finally get a superior plan with much fewer hassles than your previous coverage. The first step is to apply for Medicare Parts A&B. The question is how? Below is a step-to-step guide on how to sign up for Medicare Parts A and B Online.

The first step to take is by taking a trip to the Social Security site. You can do that by going here:
SSA.Gov. Once here you will want to click on the “Menu” Button on the Top Right. This will open a new page. Under Benefits, you want to select “Medicare”.

Once selected you will be taken to the Medicare Page on the Social Security site. This page is hugely informative about Medicare Parts A&B so take a few minutes to read it. Once done you want to scroll down until you see a blue box that says, “Apply for Medicare Only” Click That.

So far so good. Once you click on the “Apply for Medicare Only” this will take you to a screen from the Social Security Administration about Terms of Use. You will need to read this and click the yellow box that says “I understand and agree to the above statements.” Click that and press Next.

This will open the “Apply for Benefits” page on the Social Security site. For this exercise, we will assume we are starting a new application. So Click the button that says “Start A New Application”

Once you click the “Start a New Application” button you will get a screen asking who is completing this application. In most cases, you will press the button that says I am applying for myself. Click that and then the “Next button” This will open a drop-down menu asking if you have a “my Social Security account” If you do congratulations as you’ve made your life quite a bit simpler. If not, then press “No”

The next steps gets a little more tricky since now we are greeted with a myriad of options of what to do next. We find Login.Gov to be best. Go ahead and click sign up with Login.Gov.

This will take you to the Login.Gov sign-in screen. This is how to sign up for Medicare Parts A and B Online if you do not have a SSA.Gov Account. From this screen your will want to press Create an account. They will ask you for your email address and your language preference.

Once you click submit Login.Gov will send you an email to confirm your email address. Make sure you confirm it in 24 hours otherwise the link is not valid. You will then need to create a Login.Gov password. It must be 12 characters and make sure it is something you can remember. Once done you will be given a screen that looks like something out of the Matrix. The good thing is we don’t need Neo to get us out. Login.Gov requires a two-step verification and they give you six options. The simplest way to do this is via a Text or Voice Message.

Once you select text message Login.Gov will send you a short text to verify. You’ll know you are successful when you see the screen below. For your own sanity press the button that says, “Skip For Now”.

On the next screen press Agree and Continue. This will take you to a form from the Social Security asking if you have received an activation code. Most likely you have not. So simply Click “No” and “Next.” This will bring up another prompt where you will need to receive another text. Once done social security will ask you for your information to verify your identity. Please not this is a US Government site so your infomation is secure. Once done you will then be given a screen asking if you want another layer of security. Kindly say “No”. Once completed you will be in the Medicare Parts A&B applicaiton!

Some Notes on the Medicare A&B Application

  • The application should only take five minutes but there are two pieces of info you must remember:
  • If you do not wish to start receiving Social Security Benefits make sure you mark that as “No”
  • Make sure you mark YES to start Part B.

Once you do this the application should be done in only a few minutes. You will receive a confirmation email once it is completed. From here it can take anywhere from a week to a few months to get your Medicare Number. At that point, you can apply for either a Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Supplement.

Conclusion

Applying for Medicare Parts A&B Online doesn’t have to be scary. If for whatever reason you need assistance please give our office a call at 954-282-6891. We are happy to help you apply for your Medicare coverage.

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