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Turning 65

If you’re reaching Medicare age soon, check it out!

How you use Medicare is very specific to you. There’s a lot to think about. You’ll want to know when to sign up, how to sign up, how much it’s going to cost, and what to know if you’re still working. So if you’re turning 65 in the next few years and you want a quick overview, stay right here. If you’re feeling ready to dive into the details, check out our All About Medicare  page.

Your first steps

OK, let’s talk about how you’ll get started with Medicare. The first step is enrolling in Original Medicare, Medicare Parts A and B. Here’s the when and how of it all.

When should you enroll in Original Medicare?

The best time for you to enroll in Original medicare is during the three months before turning 65. But there are some exceptions. We'll help you understand Medicare eligibility, and when you should enroll in Original Medicare. Then we'll help you complete the rest of your coverage.

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Looking to change your Medicare plan?

Great. You can do it all online. Most people change or add plans during Open Enrollment, which is from October 15th to December 7th. Some people qualify for Special Enrollment Period (SEP). And if you’re looking for a Medicare Supplement plan, you can apply anytime during the year.

You’ve got options!

If you plan to keep working at 65, and you’re self-employed or you work for a small business, you’ll want to get Medicare when you turn 65. Check back here 3 months before your birthday, sign up for Original Medicare, and complete your coverage with our Anthem Medicare plans.

If you’re working at a big company, and stay on your employer’s plan, it’s still a good idea to research your Medicare options 3 months before you turn 65. Using parts of Medicare may save you money even before you retire.

Your timing is perfect!

You can decide to use all or part of your Medicare benefits, even if you still work. Just enroll before your birthday to avoid penalties or gaps in coverage.

OK! Just enroll when you retire.

You’re probably still enrolled in the healthcare plan you have with your employer. That’s great, but you can still check out whether using parts of Medicare could save you money even while you work. Explore our Medicare plans and watch for yearly enrollment periods.

Your timing is perfect!

You can decide to use all or part of your Medicare benefits, even if you still work. Just enroll before your birthday to avoid penalties or gaps in coverage.

OK! Just enroll when you retire.

You’re probably still enrolled in the healthcare plan you have with your employer. That’s great, but you can still check out whether using parts of Medicare could save you money even while you work. Explore our Medicare plans and watch for yearly enrollment periods.

Good job checking in!

You’ve got some time so it’s a great idea to start exploring your Medicare options. Check out Anthem’s plans now and be sure to enroll in Original Medicare 3 months before your 65th birthday.

Perfect timing!

It’s within 3 months of birthday month. Now is the perfect time to look into Medicare and the plans we offer. Sign up for Original Medicare now so your coverage starts before your birthday and you avoid paying penalties on Parts A, B, or D. Then add the Medicare plans you want from Anthem to complete your coverage.

Happy birthday!

Now is the time to sign up for Original Medicare. Since you just turned 65, you can still get it without paying any government penalties if you enroll now. However, your coverage may take a few months to kick in. Once you’re enrolled, come back to Anthem to complete your coverage with our plans.

Enroll as soon as possible.

Since you’re over 65, you qualify for Medicare and you should sign up now. You can get great plans but it might take a few months to kick in. And since you’re a little late signing up, you may have to pay some penalties on your premiums for Medicare programs.

Enroll as soon as possible.

Since you’re over 65, you qualify for Medicare and you should sign up now. You can get great plans but it might take a few months to kick in. And since you’re a little late signing up, you may have to pay some penalties on your premiums for Medicare programs.

Here's how to sign up

Do you have Social Security yet?

If you’re already getting social security benefits, great! You’ll be automatically enrolled in Medicare. If you decide not to enroll in Medicare Part B when you’re first eligible, you may have to pay some late-enrollment fees.

If you haven’t signed up for Social Security yet and you’re no longer working, be sure to do it at least three months before your 65th birthday. You can go to www.ssa.gov for more information and to sign up.

Things to know if you’re still working past 65

If you plan to keep working, here are some important things to know about how you might want to use Medicare.

How many people are in your company?

When you work for a larger employer, you have choices.

If you work at a large company, you can keep your employer’s plan even after turning 65. If you like your health plan and it’s affordable, you can wait to receive Medicare benefits until you retire. When you do retire, you will likely be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period.  Interested in learning about the parts of Medicare and what sort of costs to expect when you retire?  Learn more

Even though you’re still working with a large company, using parts of Medicare could save you money. Some employer plans cost more to cover things like hospital coverage, prescription drugs, dental, vision, or hearing. Adding Original Medicare and plans with Anthem, in addition to your employer plan, could keep you covered for these extras at an affordable price even while you still work. Check out the different parts of Medicare on our All About Medicare  page. 

Sometimes the best option is to take Medicare when you turn 65, even if you’re still working at a big company. You may be able to save money on hospital and medical insurance with Original Medicare, Parts A and B. And then you can save on important coverage like prescription drugs, vision, dental, and hearing with our Anthem Medicare Plans. First, you’ll want to sign up for Original Medicare with the government during the 3 months before your 65th birthday. Then you can add all the additional coverage you’ll need right here with us. You can get prescription drug coverage, dental, vision, and hearing with our Anthem Medicare Plans.

In most cases, switching to Medicare will be your best option.. Medicare is designed to help you save money on all your health care needs, so there are lots of good options when you switch. First, you’ll sign up for Original Medicare with the government during the 3 months before your 65th birthday. Then you can add all the additional coverage you’ll need right here with us. You can get prescription drug coverage, dental, vision, and hearing with our Anthem Medicare plans.

If you’re self-employed or on an individual plan, chances are you’ll want to get Medicare when you turn 65, even if you’re still working. The good news is it should save you money on your health insurance. Medicare is designed to help. You’ll want to get Original Medicare with the government in the 3 months before you turn 65 to avoid late fees and gaps in your coverage. Then you can find the right health plans  here with us to add more coverage for things like prescription drugs, dental, vision, and hearing. Some of our plans can also save you money on the costs of Original Medicare.

Medicare is affordable

If it wasn’t for Medicare, health care might become really expensive at 65 and beyond.

Almost everyone gets Original Medicare since it covers the basics with A (for hospital stays) and B (for medical and doctor visits). You may have to pay a premium for Medicare Part A but most people don’t, and Medicare Part B premiums are very affordable. You can get additional benefits with private insurers like us to help you cover services and expenses Original Medicare doesn’t cover. There are also special programs available if you need more help affording the costs of Medicare.

Making sure your loved ones are covered

It’s important to think about whether you have dependents on your current health insurance plan. If you’re the primary insurance holder on your plan, when you sign up for Medicare your dependents will no longer be covered under that plan or under your new Medicare plan. These family members can purchase a separate individual or family health plan from a private insurer, like us.


Medicare Supplement Plans are also available to persons eligible for Medicare because of disability. Not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. Government or the federal Medicare program. The purpose of this communication is the solicitation of insurance. Contact will be made by an insurance agent or insurance company. This is a limited policy designed to cover only those expenses which Medicare does not cover.
Once enrolled into your Medicare Supplement insurance plan, your coverage is guaranteed for the life of the plan with only three exceptions/restrictions: nonpayment of premiums, material misrepresentation, or our withdrawal from the marketplace.

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This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.