In a previous article, we discussed how to enroll in Medicare. You can find that article here. These days many new retirees ask us how to apply for Medicare or other retirement benefits like Social Security retirement income payments, while local social security offices aren’t open. With everything that’s going on right now, it’s a good time to share helpful information about applying for retirement benefits.
Don’t Event try To Go To Your Local Social Security Office
It was never a good idea to walk into your local Social Security office without an appointment to apply for retirement benefits even before the pandemic. The best thing to do was to call Social Security and let them give you an appointment to go to your local office. The difference today is that now they are giving you telephone appointments. So the first thing to do is to call Social Security to get an over the phone appointment. An agent will call you on the date and time of your appointment to help you to enroll.
You Can Apply Online
If you’re so inclined, you can apply for Medicare online. Visit SSA.gov, click on the menu tab, and you’ll see retirement as one of the options. There you can select Medicare and follow the direction to apply for Medicare. Its a fast and easy way to apply for Medicare if you feel comfortable doing that stuff over the internet.
A Quick Note
A lot of retirees are getting unsolicited calls from people claiming to work for Social Security. The Social Security Administration, Medicare, and the IRS will only call you if you request a call; otherwise, all of their communication with you will be through the mail. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to work with Social Security that you were not expecting, it’s fraudulent, hang up.