BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina

Turning 65?

Turning 65 means change. It also means facing new choices about your health care. If you're not quite 65 yet, and you're wondering how to get started with Medicare, here's some general information and a 12-month outline of what you can do and how to take the next step.

Here are some things to think about as you get closer to your 65th birthday:

Twelve Months

You're twelve months from your 65th birthday. Now's the time to get answers to your questions about Medicare coverage.

You can also sign up for our Medicare Birthday Club, which will send you monthly reminders, tips and suggestions for Medicare plans.

Eleven Months

Learn more about your enrollment period.

Get the basics behind how Medicare plans work.

Ten Months

"Part What?" Learning Your Medicare A, B, C and D's helps explain things such as:

  • What does Medicare Part A cover?
  • Figuring out your Medicare Part B costs from your income
  • What does Part B cover exactly?
  • How do Medicare Parts C and D work?

Nine Months

Learn the truth behind Medicare myths. Find out now what you can expect from Medicare and how our plans may protect you from higher and higher health care costs.

  • Medicare doesn't pay all your medical costs
  • How other coverage works with Medicare, including employer group and retiree coverage
  • We can help you make sense of Medicare plan options to fit your budget

Eight Months

What will your future health care needs be? Now's the time to plan ahead, with your 65th birthday only 8 months away. We offer:

  • Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D) options to fit your budget
  • Access to our extensive network of doctors, hospitals and other medical facilities for the products that use networks
  • The strength of a local health insurance company with over 80 years of service to North Carolinians

Seven Months

It's decision time, with only 7 months left until you turn 65.

  • Sign up for Medicare now — if you wait too long Medicare could impose a penalty1
  • Choose from our Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D) options
  • Enjoy access to our extensive network of doctors, hospitals and other medical facilities for the products that use networks

  1. Source: "Medicare and You 2014," CMS Product No. 10050.

Six Months

You're just six months away from age 65. Put the focus on your health. Think about all aspects of your wellness: physical, financial and work-related.

A couple of things to consider now:

  • Schedule your "Welcome to Medicare" preventive visit--at no cost
  • Plan ahead for any other life changes, including pension, retirement, work changes or other financial concerns

Five Months

Get the Medicare plan that's right for you. We can help!

  • It's not too late to make the smart choice!
  • Choose among our Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D) options
  • Enjoy access to our extensive provider network

Four Months

It's almost time to enroll in your Medicare plan choice.

  • Is your doctor or hospital in our network?1

    We can help you find out.

  • Make sure your Medicare plan coverage is in place, so it's there when you need it
  • Choose among our Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D) options

  1. This applies to the Medicare Advantage options.

Three Months

Now is the time: Avoid any possible delays in your health insurance coverage and enroll in one of our Medicare plans today.

With just 3 months before you turn 65, here's what you need to do to be covered by Blue:

  1. Enroll in Medicare.
  2. Choose a plan with us.
  3. Relax, and celebrate! You're covered with Blue!

Two Months

Avoid any possible delays in your health insurance coverage: enroll in one of our plans today. It's just two months before you turn 65. Haven't enrolled in Medicare yet? What are you waiting for?

Here's all you need to do to be covered by Blue:

  1. Enroll in Medicare.
  2. Choose a plan with us.
  3. Relax, and celebrate! You're covered with Blue!

One Month

Avoid any possible delays in your health insurance coverage: enroll in one of our plans today. Only one month before you turn 65. Time is running out!

Here's what you need to do to be covered by Blue:

  1. Enroll in Medicare.
  2. Choose a plan with us.
  3. Relax, and celebrate! You're covered with Blue!

Happy 65th Birthday!

Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina nor its agents are endorsed by or affiliated with the United States government or the federal Medicare program.

Medicare Advantage Plans are available in select CMS-approved counties.

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The information on this page is current as of 10/01/2014.

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