Applying for Medicare? Prepare for Possible Delays With Social Security TopicsPopular TopicsMost Recent Medicare Working Past 65 Lifestyle & Wellness Considering Retirement Existing Clients Employer Monthly Webinars In recent months, local individuals applying for Medicare have been experiencing longer wait times from Social Security. When you apply for a Medicare plan, you must have your Medicare Number. Your Medicare Number is issued by Social Security and is listed on your Medicare card. Our clients have observed delays in having their Medicare Numbers created and receiving their Medicare cards in the mail. This can potentially push back when their Medicare plan will be approved. Depending on your age, current coverage, and Social Security status, potential wait times vary. Read further on how these delays could impact you. If You’re 65 or Older Those who are age 65 and older and not enrolled in Medicare coverage (because they are covered by a spouse or an employer) are experiencing delays. This also applies to those over age 65 who have Medicare Part A only, but employer or spousal coverage as their primary insurer. What You Can Expect: Once your paperwork is submitted to the Social Security office, you will be ready to enroll in a plan after two to six weeks on average. If you are concerned about delays, you can reach out to your local Social Security office or our advisors for support. Our advisors will clearly explain the process of applying for Medicare based on your unique situation. If You’re Younger Than 65 Already Drawing Social Security Benefits If you are already drawing Social Security as you approach your 65th birthday, you should not have to take any action to enroll in Medicare Parts A and B. What You Can Expect: Your Medicare card should automatically arrive ahead of your 65th birthday. You can expect it least three months in advance. Not Drawing Social Security Benefits If you are turning 65 and preparing to enroll in Medicare (but you haven’t started drawing Social Security benefits), getting your Medicare Number should not be delayed. What You Can Expect: Your Medicare Number should be created within two weeks after you apply for Medicare. Local Advisors, Expert Advice You can feel confident that our advisors will do everything we can to make your transition to Medicare seamless. If you have questions, you can reach out to our team at 1-844-388-6565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay informed about Medicare An easy way to stay updated on Medicare and any important changes is to sign up for the free, customizable RetireMEDiQ newsletter. Based on your personal preferences and interests, helpful articles and community-related content will be sent directly to your inbox. Sign up for our newsletter Yes! Tell me more about Medicare and help me explore my options.Name First Email* Date of BirthMonth123456789101112Day12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031Year2022202120202019201820172016201520142013201220112010200920082007200620052004200320022001200019991998199719961995199419931992199119901989198819871986198519841983198219811980197919781977197619751974197319721971197019691968196719661965196419631962196119601959195819571956195519541953195219511950194919481947194619451944194319421941194019391938193719361935193419331932193119301929192819271926192519241923192219211920Phone*Phone TypeCellHomeWorkOtherAuthorization to Contact? Check here to receive text notifications from RetireMEDiQ Providing your information in this form will allow RetireMEDiQ to communicate with you to help guide you through your Medicare journey and authorize RetireMEDiQ to send you appointment updates, alerts, and reminders via SMS/text messaging. Message and data rates may apply to any text messages sent by RetireMEDiQ.vidhiddenCommentsThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.