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Just Turning 65 or New to Medicare


How to Sign up for Medicare?

  •  If you ARE getting benefits from Social Security or the RRB at least 4 months before turning 65, in most cases you will automatically be signed up for Part A and Part B.  This should start the first day of the month you turn 65.

  • If you are automatically signed up for Medicare, you will get your red, white, and Blue Medicare Card in the mail 3 months before your 65th Birthday.

  • If you are NOT getting benifits from Social Security or the RRB you will need to sign up for Part A and Part B.

    1. You can apply online at ​​Social Security.

    2. You can Visit your Local Security Office

    3. Or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)


I'm Enrolled in Medicare Now What?

You have two main ways to get your Medicare coverage.

  1. Original Medicare​

    • Includes Part A (Hospital) and Part B (Medical​​)

    • You can add Part D (Prescription Drugs)

    • You can also add a Medicare Supplement to help your out-of-pocket cost

  2. Medicare Advantage (Part C)​

    • This is an all in one alternative to Original Medicare​​

    • These plans can bundle Part A, Part B, and usually Part D

    • They can have extra benefits

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Does Medicare Cover all My Costs?

Medicare was not designed to cover all your doctor and hospital bills. You are required to pay for a portion of those bills thru deductibles, coinsurance, and sometimes excess charges.

Medicare also doesn't cover everything like long-term care, dental, vision, and hearing.

To help supplement where Medicare lacks coverage you can purchase:

  • Medicare Supplement

  • Medicare Advantage

  • Part D Prescription Plan

  • Dental, Vision, Hearing Policy

  • Long Term Care Policy 

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What if I can't Afford Medicare?

If Medicare seems to expensive you may be able to qualify for some help.  There are two main ways to get help for Medicare.

  1. You can call Wyoming Department of Health customer service at 1-855-294-2127 to see if you qualify and apply.  There Medicare Savings Programs can help income qualifying Medicare beneficiaries pay Medicare premiums and in some instances Medicare co-insurance and deductibles.​

  2. You may also qualify for extra help with your Medicare prescription drug plan. To see if you qualify you can call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213, or apply online at

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