Arkansas, as in all states, you’re first eligible for Medicare when you turn 65 years old or when you’ve collected disability benefits for 24 consecutive months. To qualify for Medicare, you must be either a United States citizen or a legal permanent resident of at least five continuous years. You may not have to do anything to enroll in Original Medicare if you’re receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits, or if you have Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS).
If you’re automatically enrolled, you’ll get a “Welcome to Medicare” packet in the mail about three months before you turn 65 (or become eligible for Medicare due to disability).
If you do need to apply for Medicare, you may do so via the Social Security Administration, either online, in person, or over the phone.
- Visit the Social Security website.
- Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday, 7AM to 7PM.
- Apply in person at a Social Security office near you.
- If you worked for a railroad, call the Railroad Retirement Board at 1-877-772-5772 (TTY users call 312-751-4701), Monday through Friday, 9AM to 3:30PM.
As you can see, there may be several different Medicare coverage choices for you in Arkansas. Give us a call! We can help 888-760-1590