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First Steps

Pre-planning Phase

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Financial Planning

Take some time to identify any sources of income available to you during retirement, such as Social Security payments, pensions and benefits from past employers, annuities, insurance payouts etc.

Medicare Decision Guide


It’s time to learn more about Medicare! This free Decision Guide can help you understand the basics of Medicare and determine what kind of plan may work for you.

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Download Your "READY FOR MEDICARE" Checklist

See what you should be doing — and when.



Remember, healthcare planning is an important part of your overall retirement strategy. You must protect your savings against unexpected medical costs.

Next Steps

Plan Selection Phase

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Coverage That Matters to You

Write down what you like about your current health coverage. No referrals? Prescription drug coverage? Fitness benefits? This will give you an idea of what to look for in a Medicare plan.

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Find a Doctor

When selecting a plan, it pays to check and see if your doctor, specialists and hospitals are included in the network. Or, call us at 1-855-828-3982 (TTY 711)* and we'll be glad to see if your doctor(s) are included.

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Coverage Options Guide


Start comparing costs and benefits of each of our plans. Request your free Medicare Coverage Guide now.

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Compare Our Plans

Get an idea of what your healthcare costs may be. You can do that by taking a look at the monthly premiums associated with our plans.

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Final Steps


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Apply for Original Medicare

Apply for Medicare benefits (Parts A and B) if retiring at age 65 (and not already receiving Social Security benefits).

Helpful Hint

To avoid delays in your coverage, be sure you’re enrolled in Social Security and Medicare Part A and Part B before your 65th birthday. You can actually enroll in a Medicare health plan 3 months before your birthday. Waiting until your actual birth month will delay your coverage by at least another month.

Enrollment Kit


Now you’re ready to enroll! All the tools you need are right here in this easy-to-use kit.

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Enroll in a Plan

Enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan or a Medigap plan and Prescription Drug Plan.

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