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Original Medicare Enrollment Periods

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To enroll in Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B), you must do so during a valid enrollment period. However, if you qualify for premium-free Medicare Part A, you can sign up for Part A coverage anytime after you become eligible.

When you choose to sign up for Original Medicare will impact your coverage start date. Generally, coverage begins the month after you sign up, however there are exceptions. Learn more about Original Medicare Enrollment Periods and coverage start dates below.

Initial Enrollment Period for Original Medicare

Typically, the Initial Enrollment Period for Original Medicare will only occur once in your lifetime. This election period is your first opportunity to enroll in Medicare Part A and/or Medicare Part B.

General Enrollment Period for Original Medicare

The Original Medicare General Enrollment Period is an annual enrollment period in which you can enroll in Medicare Part A (if you must pay a premium) and/or Medicare Part B. This period begins on January 1st and ends March 31st.

Special Enrollment Periods for Original Medicare

You can sign up for Original Medicare during Special Enrollment Periods if you qualify. These periods occur when you experience specific situations and circumstances.

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