Social Security Provides Information on Applying for Medicare & Low-Income Subsidy

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Courtesy of Justice in Aging

On March 6th, the Social Security Administration posted a Q&A on enrolling in Medicare. SSA notes that it is working with CMS to provide relief from certain requirements, and is already waiving the requirement to have an employer complete a section of form CMS-L564 as part of the Part B application. Regarding when coverage can begin, SSA wrote “It can take up to 21 days to process your application. If you are applying for Medicare Part B due to a recent loss in employment or group health coverage, your medical coverage is effective the month following the date we receive your request to enroll.” The post links to the online applications for Part A and the Low-Income Subsidy (Extra Help), and provides a PDF of the Part B application which must be submitted by mail to the local Social Security field office.