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Do I have to apply for Medicare or do I get it automatically?

If you are already collecting Social Security, either retirement benefits or disability benefits, when you become eligible for Medicare, you will be automatically enrolled in both Part A and Part B.  You become eligible for Medidare when you turn 65 or have been collecting Social Security Disability for 24 months.

If you are not collecting Social Security when you become eligible for Medicare, you must enroll through Social Security.  You can do this online at, over the phone at 800-772-1213 or in person at your local Social Security Office.

If you want Medicare Part D prescription coverage, you must actively enroll in it yourself.  You can select a Part D plan by entering your medications in the Medicare plan finder at

Keep in mind that people with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) or End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) do not have to collect Social Security Disability benefits for 24 months to qualify for Medicare.





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Board on Aging & Long Term Care
1402 Pankratz Street, Suite 111
Madison, Wisconsin  53704-4001
FAX:  608 246 7001