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Original Medicare, the government-sponsored health insurance program, includes Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance). Because Medicare Part B typically comes with a monthly premium, some beneficiaries delay enrollment in Part B (for example, if they have health coverage through employment), and may want to enroll in Part B later.
U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents of at least five continuous years may be eligible for Medicare coverage. You’re usually enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B automatically when you turn 65 or qualify by disability at any age and you receive Social Security Administration (SSA) or Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) benefits. For details about how you qualify for automatic enrollment, see Medicare Enrollment.
You’re not automatically enrolled in Medicare Part B in all situations. Here are a few examples of when you may qualify for Part B, but you need to sign up manually:
You can sign up for Medicare Part B during the following enrollment periods:
To add Medicare Part B, contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users 1-800-325-0778), 7AM-7PM, Monday to Friday. For additional information, contact Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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