Congrats on retirement — and happy birthday! Here's what you need to get started.
If you’re ready to retire once you turn 65, your eligibility for Medicare occurs over a 7-month period known as the Initial Enrollment Period. This period begins 3 months before the month you turn 65 and lasts for 3 months after it. During this time, you can sign up for Medicare Part A and/or Part B (Original Medicare).
If you are retired and are signed up for Social Security benefits or Railroad Retirement Benefits, you will be automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B beginning the first day of the month in which you turn 65. If you have not yet received Social Security benefits, you should sign up for Medicare.
This is important: You may have to pay a late enrollment penalty if you don’t sign up for Medicare Part B when you first become eligible.
Learn when to get started with our personalized timeline tool below:
Geisinger Gold Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, and HMO SNP plans are offered by Geisinger Health Plan/Geisinger Indemnity Insurance Company, health plans with a Medicare contract. Continued enrollment in Geisinger Gold depends on annual contract renewal.