Medicare Information From Social Security Administration

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Question:

When can I sign up for my Medicare drug coverage?

Answer:

If you are newly entitled to Medicare, you may sign up for prescription drug coverage during your seven-month initial enrollment period for Medicare.

If you do not join during this period, your next chance to join will be during the open enrollment period between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31 each year.

There also will be special enrollment periods if:

  • You lose your employer-based coverage;
  • You move from your prescription drug provider's service area; or
  • When a provider goes out of business or is decertified by Medicare.

For assistance in selecting a plan and enrolling, visit the Medicare Web site at www.medicare.gov. To learn more about Social Security, visit www.socialsecurity.gov.

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