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Medicare is managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) but enrollment is handled by the Social Security Administration. This is because most people who are eligible for Medicare are also eligible for Social Security benefits. Here’s what you can do at SocialSecurity.gov (or ssa.gov) for Social Security Medicare. Using SocialSecurity.gov may you save you the time it can take to drive to a Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative.

How to make an account on SocialSecurity.gov

To do most business on SocialSecurity.gov, you will need to create an account. To create an account, you must have a valid email address, a Social Security number, a U.S. mailing address and be at least 18 years of age. You also must agree to the terms of service.

What to do on SocialSecurity.gov: Apply online for Medicare

Once you have an account on SocialSecurity.gov, you can apply online for Medicare, even if you are not ready to retire. It may take no longer than 10 minutes and you generally don’t need any documentation. Social Security will process your application and contact you if they need more information. If you qualify for Social Security Medicare, you’ll receive your Medicare card in the mail.

What to do on SocialSecurity.gov: Apply for retirement or disability benefits

If you want Social Security Medicare, the first step may be to apply for retirement or disability benefits. If you’re receiving retirement benefits from Social Security, you may be automatically enrolled in Medicare when you turn 65. You can apply for retirement benefits here. If you are receiving disability benefits from Social Security, you may receive Social Security your 25th month of receiving disability benefits.  You can apply for disability benefits here. You can also start an application, save it, and come back to it, and check an application status online.

What to do on SocialSecurity.gov: Get a Social Security card

You may need a Social Security card to get a job, collect Social Security benefits, and get some other government services. In some cases, knowing the number is more important than having the actual card but if you need the actual card, you can apply online if you meet certain conditions. Some of these conditions include:

  • Being a U.S. citizen age 18 or older with a U.S. mailing address
  • Not requesting a name change or other change to your card
  • Having a driver’s license from certain states

Learn more about applying for a Social Security card online here.

What to do on SocialSecurity.gov: Estimate your future benefits

You can use the Social Security retirement estimator to get a retirement estimate based on real time access to your earnings record. You need to enter your name, your mother’s maiden name, your social security number, and your date and place of birth. You can use the retirement estimator long before you are ready to retire. Learn more about the Social Security retirement estimator here.

What else can I do on SocialSecurity.gov?

You can also view and manage Social Security statements, bills, and appeals through the online system at SocialSecurity.gov.

You can also call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, from 7AM to 7PM. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778. You can also check the Office Locator to find the SSA office nearest you.

Ehealthinsurance.com is not affiliated with Social Security.gov or SSA.gov. SocialSecurity.gov and SSA.gov have the .gov domain because they are official federal government websites.

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