Enrolling in Medicare Part A and Part B as soon as you are eligible will enable you to enroll in one of San Joaquin County's Medicare HMO or a Medicare Coordinated Plan. Premiums for Medicare health insurance plans are typically significantly lower than those of Non-Medicare plans. Additionally, delaying enrollment in Medicare Part B may result in a permanently increased Medicare Part B premium. To determine if you are eligible for Medicare, please visit or call 1-800-633-4227 (1-800-MEDICARE).
Medicare Enrollment Deadlines
You become eligible for Medicare coverage at age 65. Your six-month enrollment window begins three months before your 65th birthday and ends three months after your birthday. To apply for Medicare, visit your www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare/, apply online at or or call 1-800-772-1213 (800-SSA-1213).
If you don't enroll during your six-month window, you must wait until the general enrollment period, January 1 to March 31 each year. Additionally, delaying enrollment in Medicare Part B will increase your monthly Part B premium by 10 percent for each 12-month period you delayed, unless you qualify for a .
Medicare Part B Reimbursement Program
SJCERA administers a Medicare Part B Reimbursement program on behalf of the County, that reimburses the cost of Medicare Part B Reimbursement Fact Sheet for eligible retirees and their Medicare-enrolled eligible dependents using funds from the retiree's Sick Leave Bank. Please read the for more information.
Medicare Part D
Medicare Part D provides prescription drug coverage. The San Joaquin County health plans offered to Medicare-eligible SJCERA retirees include prescription drug coverage. You do not need to sign up for Medicare Part D separately. If you sign up for a separate Medicare Part D plan, your County-sponsored health insurance will end for you and your dependents. Please read San Joaquin County's for more information.