15. Initial Enrollment Period

Health benefit election formThe Initial Enrollment Period is your first opportunity to enroll into Medicare. It is the three months before your 65th birthday, the month of your birthday, and the three months following your birthday.

If you enroll before your 65th birthday, your coverage begins on the first day of your birth month.

For example, if your birthday is July 27th, and you enroll into Medicare for the first time in the May preceding your 65th birthday, your coverage will go into effect on July 1st.

If you enroll in the month where your birthday falls or later, your coverage will begin the first day of the following month.

For example, if your birthday is July 27th, and you enroll into Medicare for the first time on July 17th, your coverage will go into effect on August 1st.

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