Medicare Enrollment Process
Steps to Enroll in Medicare
Enroll in Medicare Parts A & B
For Medicare Parts A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance), call Social Security toll free at (800) 772 1213 (TTY: (800) 325 0778). You can also set up an appointment at your local Social Security office. You’ll need to provide proof of age, such as a birth certificate.
Protect Yourself Against Out-of-Pocket Costs
Generally, Medicare pays 80 percent of the Medicare-allowed amount—leaving you to pay the remaining 20 percent. You can enroll in a Medicare Supplement Plan (also called Medigap Plan) to help cover the costs not paid by Medicare, like co-insurance, co-payments and deductibles. This is done through private insurance companies after enrolling in Medicare Part A and Part Medicare.
You can enroll in a Medicare Supplement Plan through our online enrollment process, by mailing the completed form to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont P.O. Box 186, Montpelier, VT 05601-0186, or contacting our licensed consultants at (800) 255-4550 (option #2).
Complete Your Coverage with Prescription Drug Coverage
The final component of the equation is Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). Medicare Part D plans are available to anyone who is entitled to Medicare Part A and/or enrolled in Part B. To get Medicare drug coverage, you must join a Medicare drug plan through a Prescription Drug Plan (PDP).
You can enroll online or by calling the Blue MedicareRx (PDP) team at (888) 496 4178, TTY: 711 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
*By clicking on the Vermont Blue Advantage or Blue Medicare Rx PDP links, you will leave the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont website.
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Our consultants are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to offer you personalized attention in understanding your options, get the coverage you need and make sense of Medicare.