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When and how to apply for Medicare in Massachusetts

October 1, 2022
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When can I enroll in Medicare in Massachusetts?

You can apply for Medicare when you turn 65 during your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP). This is the 7-month period that begins 3 months before you turn 65 and ends 3 months after the month you turn 65. For example, if your birthday is July 10, your IEP is from April 1 to October 31.

How do I enroll?

To enroll, the first step is to call your local Social Security Administration office or visit  Click here1 for a listing of Social Security office locations in Massachusetts.

When applying, you must provide the following documents:

To enroll in a Medicare Advantage health insurance plan, you must be enrolled in Original Medicare Part A and Part B. You can sign up directly with the Medicare Advantage plan of your choice, as long as they are in your service area.

Some people Get Part A and Part B automatically

The Social Security Administration will sign you up for Medicare Parts A and B automatically under the following circumstances:

 Need more information?

The official federal Medicare website is an excellent source of information and answers to your questions. Visit

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