Who’s eligible for Original Medicare?

You may qualify if you meet any of these criteria:

  • Age 65 and over, and a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Receiving Social Security retirement benefits
  • Disabled and receiving disability
  • Have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
  • Diagnosed with/have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease)

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When can I enroll in Medicare?

You can enroll in Medicare Parts A and B three months before your 65th birthday; or within the three months following your 65th birthday.

Turning 65? Here’s your Initial Enrollment Period.

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Medicare’s Initial Enrollment Period spans 7 months around your 65th birthday — you can enroll 3 months before, the month of, and up to 3 months after.

How do I enroll in Medicare?

You must enroll in Medicare yourself by contacting your local Social Security office. You can do that in person at a Social Security office, or by phone 1-800-772-1213 (TTY  1-800-325-0778).

How do I enroll in a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Medicare plan?

You can enroll in Blue Advantage if you are both:
An Alabama resident and entitled to Medicare Part A and enrolled in Medicare Part B.

Note: Persons with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) may not be able to enroll due to federal guidelines.

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Did You Know?

Medicare Part A hospital insurance has a $1,316 deductible** for each benefit period. If you’re admitted multiple times within a year, you would owe the deductible each time!
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Footnote

**2017 Medicare Part A deductible and may change on January 1, 2018

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