How Do I Apply for Medicare Online?
You can do so many tasks online these days. What about applying for Medicare? We’ll walk you through the steps and give you some important tips for applying for Medicare and Medicare health plans online.
Do I need to apply for Medicare online?
For many people, the question isn’t so much “can I apply for Medicare online,” but “do I need to apply for Medicare at all?”
The traditional Medicare government program is made up of Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance). If you’re receiving Social Security benefits, in most cases you’re automatically enrolled in Part A and Part B when you become eligible for Medicare.
But you might need to apply for Medicare online (or by other means) if you’re not automatically enrolled. For example, you might have to apply for Medicare if:
- You decided to delay your Social Security benefits, but you still want Medicare as soon as you qualify for it.
- You don’t receive Social Security benefits.
- You live in Puerto Rico. If you’re automatically enrolled in Medicare, it’s generally only Part A. You need to apply for Part B.
- You decided to delay enrollment in Part B (and/or Part A) even though you were eligible for it.
How do I apply for Medicare online?
You can apply for Medicare online by visiting the Social Security website at https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare. Learn more about when and how to enroll in Medicare.
What if you want to sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan, a stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plan, or a Medicare Supplement plan? That’s covered below.
Can I apply for a Medicare Supplement plan online?
Yes, you can apply for a Medicare Supplement plan online! With eHealth’s plan comparison tool, it only takes a few minutes to apply for a plan online. Just type your zip code in the box on this page and click the button to display a list of Medicare Supplement plans available in your area.
Please note that you can apply for a Medicare Supplement plan anytime, but in some cases your application might not be accepted. Read more about Medicare Supplement insurance and when may be the best time to buy a plan.
How do I apply for a Medicare Advantage plan online?
It’s easy to apply for a Medicare Advantage plan online. As you may already know, a Medicare Advantage plan provides your Medicare Part A and Part B benefits through a private, Medicare-approved insurance company. Most Medicare Advantage plans include prescription drug coverage – and some offer other benefits, like routine dental care.
One fast and easy way to compare plans and apply for a Medicare Advantage plan online is to type your zip code in the box on this page and click the button. This will start the process and you can look at prices and plan details at your own pace, and then click Enroll Now when you’ve decided on a plan.
Please note that you need to be enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B to sign up for Medicare Advantage. You also need to continue paying your monthly Part B premium – as well as the plan premium if it charges one.
How do I apply for a Medicare prescription drug plan online?
You can apply for a stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plan online from the comfort of your home. One way to apply for this type of Medicare coverage online is to simply enter your zip code in the box on this page and click the button. Next, you’ll see a list of Medicare prescription drug plans that serve your location. From there, you can compare plans, prices, and other important details. You can even enter your prescriptions to make sure the plan covers them. When you’re ready, you can click Enroll Now to apply online.
Medicare prescription drug plans have formularies, which list the medications they cover. A plan’s formulary may change at any time. When required by law, you will receive notice from your plan of changes to the formulary.
Please note that you need to be enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Part B to sign up for a stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plan. Keep in mind that you’ll need to pay the monthly plan premium (if any), along with your Part B premium if you have Part B.
One of our licensed eHealth insurance agents would be happy to help you find a Medicare plan that might fit your needs. You can skip the phone call and compare plans instantly – and even enroll – by entering your zip code on this page to get started.