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Understand Medicare Enrollment Periods

There are certain times when Medicare enrollment can occur. For some, enrollment is automatic but for others, they will need to apply. Most people are eligible to enroll in Medicare around their 65th birthday during their Initial Enrollment. If there are special circumstances or you continue working after 65 there are also enrollment periods available. If you wait to enroll in Medicare late-enrollment penalties may be faced.

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