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Old 01-26-2018, 05:15 PM
 
Location: USA
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:34 PM
 
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Congrats! It does make life easier.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:45 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Congratulations I know the feeling - I received my card a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised it takes affect one month before my birthday.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:14 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Mine starts March 1. On Dec 1 about 7am I went on line and signed up at the 90 day mark.

I was paying $1080 a month for my Insurance. I'll be saving at least $10k a year. Obamacare is a miserable failure for us middle class self employed who had to pay for it.
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Old 01-26-2018, 09:22 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Congratulations I know the feeling - I received my card a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised it takes affect one month before my birthday.
Is your birthday on the 1st of the month ? If so, Medicare (and SS) considers you turned 65 on the last day of the previous month.

See https://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-cha...ge-starts.html

"If your birthday is on the first day of the month, your coverage starts the first day of the prior month.
Example
Mr. Kim's 65th birthday is July 1, 2018. If he signs up for Medicare in March, April, or May, his coverage will start on June 1, 2018.
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Old 01-27-2018, 03:27 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Yes, my birthday is on the 1st (June 1st) . I didn't have to sign up or anything, it was all automatic.
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:37 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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Watch out!! When my DH turned 65 all the health problems started - we joked it was because he had Medicare now. First and auto-immune disease, then a stroke.. 10 years later, cancer.

Hope yours stays healthy for a long while! And you may want to consider Medicare supplement insurance.
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Be sure to get the best supplement plan you can afford!
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Old 01-28-2018, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Florida
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We never bought supplement plans, instead we got Medicare Advantage plans. Zero premium and good coverage. Check them out before you choose.

Keep very close custody of your Medicare card, it has your Social Security number on it. That is supposed to change in the near future.

I have been on Medicare for 19 years, my wife for 18.
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Old 01-28-2018, 03:39 PM
 
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Mine starts March 1. On Dec 1 about 7am I went on line and signed up at the 90 day mark.

I was paying $1080 a month for my Insurance. I'll be saving at least $10k a year. Obamacare is a miserable failure for us middle class self employed who had to pay for it.
ACA was great for us. Total outlay last year, $700....... Priceless. 2 Eye Surgeries, 1 MRI and a Nuclear Heart Test included.
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