Countdown to Medicare

What to do ... When to do it

As your eligibility for Medicare draws nearer, it is extremely important that you get every dollar in Medicare benefits you have coming to you. Here, in a nutshell, is what you should do and when you should do it...

What to do 3 to 6 months before your 65th birthday

Continue to become more familiar with Original Medicare and the Medicare Advantage plans that help fill Original Medicare’s gaps. If you are thinking about enrolling in a plan from AmeriHealth, be sure to ask your doctor if he or she is in our managed-care network. You should also see if your doctor participates in Medicare. If not, ask your friends and neighbors to recommend doctors who do.

What to do 1 to 3 months before your 65th birthday

At this time, you are eligible to apply for Original Medicare and a Medicare Advantage plan to help fill in Original Medicare’s gaps. You should have all the coverage you want, ready and waiting, when you turn 65. We can tell you how to apply for Medicare as your birthday draws nearer. Just call us toll-free at 1-800-898-3492, TTY/TDD 1-877-219-5457, seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. However, please be aware that on weekends and holidays from February 15 through September 30, your call may be sent to voicemail.

What to do the month before your 65th birthday

If you have not already done so, you should apply for Medicare now to have coverage in effect on the first day of your birth month.

What to do on your 65th birthday

Relax and enjoy it. If you have followed the steps outlined above, you will have all the coverage you want in place.

Website last updated: 9/30/13
Y0041_HNS_14_9867 Approved 12/17/13