What Supporting Documents Do I Need to Provide With My Medicare Application?
A quick but useful guide on the documents that you will need ready to provide the first time you apply for Medicare benefits.
Applying for Medicare benefits can be a daunting task. However, to make this process go more smoothly, it is important that you have all the necessary documents with you so that the task does not become more arduous than necessary.
What kinds of documents might I be asked for when applying for Medicare?
You will be asked for documents that prove your eligibility for Medicare. These documents will provide your overall citizenship status, age, military service record, and employment past.
What documents prove Medicare eligibility?
Original copies of a birth certificate or other proof of birth, naturalization papers (if applicable), US military discharge papers (if applicable), and copies of your W2s as required.
Will copies of my documents suffice?
No. All documents should be originals unless otherwise indicated. They will be returned to you after application is processed.
Are there are any other documents I will be asked for?
No extra documents should be required except for the Medicare application that can be found at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline/. Further information can be found at the Medicare website at www.medicare.gov.
What other information will I be asked for when I apply for Medicare that I might be asked for documentation for?
When you apply for Medicare, you will be required to list any all names and aliases, gender, social security number, place of birth, record of Medicaid and Social Security benefits, any past Social Security numbers you have employed, military service record, marital status, continuous employment record, names of unmarried children under 18, wage information (if you release this data to the Social Security office), and your criminal record. Depending on your answers to these questions, additional questions or documentation may be required to fully process your Medicare application.
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