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Social Security: Baby Boomers can apply online for medicare

For the January 8, 2011 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.

This January marks a historic moment: our Nation’s first baby boomers are turning 65.

For many baby boomers, it’s time to hit the computer. Even if you have decided to wait until after you are age 65 to apply for retirement benefits, most people should start getting Medicare coverage at age 65.

If you would like to begin your Medicare coverage when you first become eligible, it’s important that you apply within three months of reaching age 65. But don’t worry about the time and effort it will take to apply for Medicare – it’s fast and easy! You can do it online at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly in as little as 10 minutes.

Why apply online for Medicare? Because it’s fast, easy and secure. You don’t need an appointment and you can avoid waiting in traffic or in line. As long as you have ten minutes to spare, you have time to complete and submit your online Medicare application.

People who started receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits before age 65 do not need to apply; they will be automatically enrolled in Medicare.

To learn more about Medicare benefits, visit http://www.Medicare.gov.

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To learn more about Medicare and the online application, visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly. While you’re there, take a look at the Patty Duke Show reunion video as they talk about turkey, pie and Medicare online.

And happy birthday to all the baby boomers turning 65 in 2011.

kathy petersen is the public affairs specialist for south dakota and eastern wyoming. you can write her c/o social security administration, 605 main, suite 201, rapid city, sd, 57701 or via e-mail at kathy.petersen@ssa.gov. check back next week as kathy explains why children need a social security number to be claimed as a dependent tax filing purposes.

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