When to enroll in Medicare
If you’re not receiving Social Security benefits, you’ll need to sign up for Medicare. You have seven months to sign up for Medicare – three months before your 65th birthday, the month of your 65th birthday, and three months after your 65th birthday.
A note on delaying enrollment
You can wait to enroll if you plan to keep working and have coverage through your employer or your spouse’s employer.
How to enroll in Medicare
Visit www.ssa.gov to enroll.
First, click the button that says Apply for Medicare Only to start the application.
Then, you’ll fill in the following details:
- Personal Information
- Social Security number
- Date of birth
- Whether you’re applying for
- Social Security benefits and Medicare
- Just Medicare
- Health benefit details
- Other health insurance you have
- Employment information
If you don’t finish your application right away, you’ll get a code you can use to finish your application later.
Once your application is approved, you can enroll in private health insurance plans to supplement your benefits if you choose.
Other Medicare enrollment options
In addition to enrolling online at www.ssa.gov you can:
- Call 1-800-772-1213
- Stop in to your local Social Security Office
When to enroll in a UCare Medicare Advantage Plan online
If you’re new to Medicare
When you first become eligible for Medicare (either by age or disability), you may enroll in Original Medicare during your Initial Coverage Election Period. This enrollment period includes the three months before you turn 65, the month you turn 65, and the three months after your birthday month. Once you have Medicare Part A and Part B, you can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.
If you already have Medicare
If you’re already enrolled in Medicare and have Original Medicare or a plan from a private insurance company, you can enroll in a UCare Medicare Advantage plan during the Annual Election Period that runs from October 15 to December 7 each year.
How to enroll in a UCare Medicare Advantage Plan online
Here’s a step-by-step overview of what to expect when you enroll in a UCare Medicare Advantage plan:
- Go to our online enrollment tool.
Here are some FAQs about using our tool.
- Set up an account with UCare.
You’ll need an email address to set up your account so that we can email your confirmation and other status updates. If you don’t have an email address, you can set up a free one through gmail.com or another email provider.
- Choose your Primary Care Provider
Enter your primary care providers name if you have it. If you don't have one or don't know the name, you'll still be able to submit your application.
- Choose your plan.
Select the plan you want from the options available in your area. If you haven’t decided on a plan, our online enrollment tool will show your options and help you compare plans.
While selecting a plan, you'll also be able to:
- Search the list of drugs (formulary) each plan covers
- Search the network for doctors, specialists and other care providers you visit
- Enter your Medicare information from your Medicare card.
Enter it as it appears on your Medicare card. You will also need to answer a few questions.
- Choose how you want to pay for your plan.
You can pay by mailing a check or online. You can also set up automatic payments from your checking or savings account, or have them deducted from your Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefit check.
Here’s the information you’ll want to have handy:
- A valid email address
- Medicare card
- Primary Care Clinic
- The name of the plan you want to enroll in
- If you choose to pay by monthly electronic funds transfer (EFT) from a checking or savings account, please have your bank name, routing number and account number available
To enroll in a UCare Medicare Advantage Plan by mail
To enroll by mail, print and complete the enrollment form for the region where you live. Mail your completed form to the UCare address shown on the enrollment form
- UCare Medicare Enrollment Application - North (includes EssentiaCare) (PDF)
- UCare Medicare Enrollment Application - Metro (PDF)
- UCare Medicare Enrollment Application - South (PDF)
Health care costs can vary depending on the area in which you live. Our UCare Medicare coverage area is divided into three regions based on counties: North, Metro and South. Find your county on the list below or view the map of Medicare regions to find out which region you are in.
Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Morrison, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, St. Louis, Todd, Wadena, Wilkin
Anoka, Benton, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Mille Lacs, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington, Wright
Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Pipestone, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Sibley, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, Winona, Yellow Medicine