Medicare Enrollment

Mike explains the different ways to enroll in Parts A and B.

Enrolling in Medicare Parts A and B can be done in four different ways, and it’s important to choose the method that works best for you. You can enroll three different ways:

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Come to my office in Pearland I will help you set it up online. Set up an appointment by calling my office at https://houstonii.radiusbob.com/appointments/mikebauer. You must have a smart phone in which you can receive text messages and have an email address you can access on your phone. There is no charge.
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Online through SSA.gov: See the video and text below for more information.
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Call 1-800-772-1213 : Speak with a representative who can guide you through the process over the phone. It usually will be a month or so before you can get an appointment set up.
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Visit your local Social Security office: Go to SSA.gov/locator to find the location assigned to your zip code. You must go to that location.

If you are going to sign up for Medicare online you may need to set up a Login.gov account or ID.me account. This is required if you didn’t create a My Social Security Account prior to Sept 18, 2021. Here’s a guide:

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Go to SSA.gov: Click on “Sign In.” Choose sign in with Login.gov.

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Click “Create an Account” : Look for the button that says, “Create an Account” and click it.
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Provide Your Email : They’ll ask for your email address. Put in your email address. Confirm your email address.
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Create a Strong Password : Make a strong password. It should be like a secret code that only you know. Use a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.
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Set Up Authentication Method: Many people choose text messages and back up codes. If you are unfamiliar authentication application, you may choose back up codes. Make sure to save and store the backup codes in a safe location. If you lose your phone and can’t receive text messages, then you can use the backup codes they provided.
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Send Security Code to Your Phone: If you are using text messages as a security click “Send Code” to your phone and enter in security code.
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They Will Ask If You Have Requested An Activation Code: In most cases you click “no.” Then agree to the terms and conditions. Click next. Put in your name, address, social security number, date of birth and phone number. Click next. Choose if you want an extra level of security. Choose how you want to receive your activation code. Enter the code and click “Submit Activation Code.” Then enter the code from your phone. Now you have set up a login.gov account.
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Go Back to SSA.gov: Now you go back to SSA.gov. Follow the instructions below for sign up for Medicare.

Mike Bauer explains how to Set Up A Login.gov account (you may need this before signing up for Medicare.)

Mike explains how to sign up for Parts A & B online.

How to sign up for Medicare online. Just follow these steps:

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Visit SSA.gov: I First, open your web browser and go to SSA.gov.
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Find the “Sign up for Medicare” Button: Click on the button that says, “Sign Up for Medicare” under “Apply.” Click on “Apply Online” under “Sign up for Medicare” heading. Click on “I understand and agree to the above statements.” Click next and under the heading “Apply and Complete” then click “Start a New Application.” Choose who is completing the application and then click “yes” that you have a “My Social Security account.” If you set up a My Social Security account prior to Sept. 18, 2021, then you will use that username and password. Otherwise use your Login.gov account or Id.me account.
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Enter Your Information:They’ll ask for some basic information, like your name, birthday, and Social Security number. Make sure to write down your re-entry number if you are logged out so you can restart your application.
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Choose Your Coverage: You’ll get to choose whether you want Part A, Part B, or both. It is assumed you know you are getting part A. Choose part B if you want to. Some people delay part B because they have creditable employer coverage in place.

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Review and Confirm: Double-check everything, make sure it’s all correct, and confirm your choices. Click submit. You will receive a card in the mail in 3-4 weeks. You may be able to get your Medicare number in about a week by going online to your My Social Security account. Look for and open up your “Benefits Verification Letter.” In the body of the letter look for an 11-digit identifier that is a mix of letters and numbers. That is your Medicare number.
Enrolling in Medicare Part B online is a simple process:
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Delayed Part B: I If you have been on employer coverage from age 65 and after and you delayed part B then you can sign up for part B online.
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Visit SSA.gov: Go to SSA.gov and click on “Sign up for Medicare.”
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Sign up for Part B only: Find where is says “Sign up for Part B only.” Click “Get Started.”
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Complete the Form: Take form CMS-L564 to your employer. Fill out section A and have your employer fill out section B of CMS-L564 and have them sign it. Now, fill in the required information on the online form, including your personal details and any other relevant information. Then scan a copy to upload at the bottom of the Part B application page.

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Review and Submit: Double-check everything for accuracy, enter your name, and email address. Click submit. Then go to your email and click “confirm my email” to complete the process.
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Confirmation: You’ll receive confirmation of your enrollment electronically.

Mike explains how to enroll in Medicare Part B only.