Join our FREE Live Zoom Session: Medicare 101
Get your questions answered from a knowledgeable professional.
NO obligation – no need to give your info
Every Thursday at 4pm
Medicare 101: Get Help with our FREE Zoom sessions
Joe Cioffi, licensed independent insurance agent, is available to help you with your Medicare choices. Join the free zoom sessions each Thursday at 4pm, until Dec. 7th. There is no obligation and no need to sign up with your email unless you want to. We are confident you will get all your questions answered and will want to work with us!
When do I start Medicare?
Medicare Enrollment Period
Who is eligible for Medicare?
U.S. citizens and legal residents
Note: Legal residents must have lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years in a row before applying for Medicare.
Plus, one of the following:
Age 65 or older
Younger than 65 with a qualifying disability
Any age with a diagnosis of End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
What do I need to do once I’m eligible for Medicare?
Most people are automatically enrolled in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) once they’re eligible. But not everyone is.
You’ll be automatically enrolled in Original Medicare if:
You have been receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits when you turn 65, or, you are eligible for Medicare because of a disability or medical condition.
You must enroll in Original Medicare yourself if:
You are not receiving Social Security benefits when you become eligible for Medicare. You can enroll by visiting the ssa.gov/medicare website, or by calling or stopping into your local Social Security office.
Working past 65: Do I still need to sign up for Medicare?
It depends on how you get your health insurance now and the number of employees that are in the company where you (or your spouse) work.
Generally, if you have job-based health insurance through your (or your spouse’s) current job, you don’t have to sign up for Medicare while you (or your spouse) are still working. You can wait to sign up until you (or your spouse) stop working or you lose your health insurance (whichever comes first).
If you’re self-employed or have health insurance that’s not available to everyone at the company: Ask your insurance provider if your coverage is employer group health plan coverage, as defined by the IRS. If it’s not, sign up for Medicare when you turn 65 to avoid a monthly Part B late enrollment penalty.
If your employer has less than 20 employees: You might need to sign up for Medicare when you turn 65 so you don’t have gaps in your job-based health insurance. Check with your employer.
If you have COBRA coverage: Sign up for Medicare when you turn 65 to avoid gaps in coverage and a monthly Part B late enrollment penalty. If you have COBRA before signing up for Medicare, your COBRA will probably end once you sign up.
Confused? Have Questions?
We are here to help. From our contact us page you can set a no-cost, one on one appointment or request a Medicare Made Clear booklet or you can attend one of our Understanding Medicare meetings (see our Events page.)
We do not offer every plan available in Oregon. Currently we represent 16 organizations which offer 138 products in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov, 1–800–MEDICARE, or your local State Health Insurance Program to get information on all of your options.
Compare Medicare Advantage Plans on Your Own
We are a Plan Enroll Network Affiliate. If you would like to compare Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plans on your own please click the link.
** Note: Not every plan we offer is available for comparison on Plan Enroll. Contact us to receive a comprehensive, no obligation comparison of plans available in your are. (Click Here to see all a list of states where we are licensed and the carriers we represent).