I’m turning age 65, what do I do next? Steps you can take.

For most people in the U.S., you become eligible for Medicare when you turn age 65, and the months leading up to your 65th birthday are critical for your Medicare health care coverage.

There are many decisions for you to make – and it is important to make them on time. Understanding your Medicare options will help you avoid complications and the financial penalties that could occur if you miss a deadline.

Here are some simple steps you can take to feel prepared and on track:

  • Learn about Medicare and Medicare Advantage by continuing to explore our website. We offer articles and resources to help inform you of your options: Compare Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medigap.
  • Download our buyer’s guide. This free resource provides key health insurance terms, information on health reform, the five criteria to use when shopping for health insurance and more.
  • Attend a free Sanford Health Plan virtual event to determine your Medicare options, get your questions answered and start building a relationship with our Sanford Health Plan team.
  • Watch our free, on-demand Medicare 101 webinar, which helps take the confusion out of Medicare. By completing the form, you gain access to a free webinar that uses simple terms to provide you with unbiased guidance on finding the best coverage for you, your needs and your lifestyle.
  • Call (888) 605-9277 to speak to a Sanford Health Plan agent. Our agents are here to answer your questions, explain the different parts of Medicare and help you sort out your options on the phone or in person.
  • Working past age 65? Learn your Medicare options if you are going to continue working so you can get the best coverage.
  • Plan for your out-of-pocket expenses. Start a quote online to calculate your monthly premiums with Original Medicare (Parts A and B) or a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C), as well as your prescription drug coverage (Part D). You can also find out what you’ll pay for your out-of-pocket maximum, coinsurance and copays with a Sanford Health Plan Medicare Advantage plan.

When it’s time to sign up for Medicare, Sanford Health Plan is with you every step of the way. Contact a Sanford Health Plan licensed agent at (888) 535-4831 on Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT, excluding holidays, for more information.

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CMS ID Number: H8385_527-414-939ArticleSteps-PY2022-ND-SD_C, H3186_527-414-939ArticleStep -PY2022-MN_C Last Updated On: 3.31.23 at 10:30 AM

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