If you’re close to age 65 you should be aware of your California Medicare eligibility. There is an open enrollment period when you can enroll in Medicare parts A and B. If you currently receive Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) benefits then you’ll receive Medicare parts A and B automatically on your 65th birthday. If you’re still working and not receiving benefits from Social Security or RRB, but would still like to enroll in Medicare, you need to call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.
The 7 month open enrollment period for Medicare begins three months prior to the month you turn 65, includes the month you turn 65, and ends three months after the month you turn 65. If you’re disabled and have been receiving Social Security or RRB benefits for 24 months you automatically get Medicare parts A and B. For more information about your California Medicare eligibility call JC Lewis Insurance Services at 866-745-9555.