Medicare Eligibility:

  • US citizen who is 65 or older
  • Permanent Resident and lived in the US for 5 years without a break
  • End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Certain disabilities (Eligible for Medicare 24 months after entitlement for Social Security Disability Insurance-SSDI)

When can I sign up for Medicare?

3 months before your birth month, during your birth month and no later than 3 months after your birth month. 7 months in total and this is called Initial Enrollment Period/IEP.

3 months before your 65th birthday The month of your 65th birthday 3 months after your 65th birthday

What Should I do if I missed my Initial Enrollment Period (IEP), Can I still apply for Medicare?

General Enrollment Period (GEP)
Who Eligible but missed IEP
When 1/1-3/31

What are the different parts in Medicare?

How do I apply for Medicare?

Here is how to register Part A and Part B:

  • Through the Social Security Administration website:
  • Call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213
  • Visit your local Social Security office.

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