According to the dictionary a “slam dunk’ is a scoring shot in which a player jumps and forces a ball down through a basket for an effortless shot. Even though the player may be part of a team and has a coach — a “slam dunk” is an individual play.
Getting set to enroll into Original Medicare is also accomplished on an individual basis. The first step is to reach out to the Social Security Administration to learn important rules that determine your eligibility and enrollment strategy.
Coaching is available by viewing documents, blogs and videos on Medicare’s secure website at medicare.gov or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE. Many factors determine when you need to enroll and can be different from the timing for a spouse, relative or a friend. Timing is important to avoid missing your shot and incurring penalties.
Next, you choose a strategy to secure Original Medicare. You can either register to access Social Security’s portal at ssa.gov to enroll online or contact them at 1-800-772-1213 to schedule a phone appointment. Once you submit your enrollment and follow-up to confirm acceptance, you have successfully joined the Medicare population of 63 million individuals.
If you obey the rules, follow the basic steps and get coaching from the appropriate resources you too can hit a “slam dunk” and score Original Medicare easily and effortlessly for a winning Medicare season.