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.

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To file an appeal or grievance for your medical benefit coverage or your prescription drug coverage, contact AmeriHealth 65 Preferred HMO Member Help Team at 1-866-569-5190 or AmeriHealth Medigap Plans Member Help Team at 1-866-406-5967; 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please note that on weekends and holidays from February 15 through September 30, your call may be sent to voicemail.

This information is available for free in other languages. Please call our Member Help Team number at 1-800-898-3492, seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, please be aware that on weekends and holidays from February 15 through September 30 your call may be sent to voicemail.

Esta información está disponible gratis en otros idiomas. Por favor llame a nuestro número de servicio al cliente al 1-800-898-3492, los siete días de la semana, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sin embargo, tenga en cuenta que los fines de semana y festivos del 15 de febrero al 30 de septiembre la llamada puede ser enviada al correo de voz.

AmeriHealth Medigap Plans are offered through AmeriHealth Insurance Company of New Jersey. AmeriHealth Medigap Plans are not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. government or the federal Medicare program. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part A (if applicable) and Part B premiums. If applying during a non-open enrollment or non-guaranteed issue period, your eligibility may be subject to medical underwriting and/or a rate increase due to tobacco usage. The rates shown are non-tobacco rates. These rates apply to applications submitted during the 6-month open enrollment or in a guaranteed issue situation. Applicants NOT enrolling during the 6-month open enrollment period or in a guaranteed issue situtaion will be evaluated for tobacco usage and charged the corresponding tobacco or non-tobacco rates. All rates are subject to change. Any rate change will apply to all members of the same class insured under your plan.

For additional information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) visit www.medicare.gov. If you prefer to file a grievance through CMS, please complete the Medicare Complaint Form. For additional assistance, visit The Office of the Medicare Ombudsman.

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