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Initial Enrollment Period (IEP)

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3 months before your 65th birthday

The month of your birthday

3 months after your 65th birthday


Start your Medicare planning

Take the important first step of calling the Medicare Support Center at CVS and speak with a licensed insurance agent. We’re here to help!

1-844-672-0317 (TTY: 711)
Monday-Friday | 9 AM to 6 PM ET

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Receive our Retirement Guide

Whether you’re retiring or working past 65, it’s a great time to review our Retirement Guide to understand your Medicare options

Sign up for Social Security

(as well as Medicare Parts A and B)

You might choose to delay Part B if you are still working and have creditable coverage through your employer.

Read Signing Up for Social Security

Receive your Medicare Card

This usually happens two weeks after enrolling in Original Medicare. Be sure to note your effective dates. And keep it in a safe place too!

Read Quick Guide to Getting Your Medicare Card

Review additional Medicare coverage options

It’s time to review options that meet your budget and needs—like prescriptions, desired doctors, dental, vision, and any upcoming procedures you know about.

Call our agents for an unbiased review.

Enroll in a plan

(such as Medicare Advantage or a prescription drug Part D plan)

  • You can enroll in some plans right from the Plan Finder tool
  • Or call us at 1-844-672-0317 (TTY: 711) and we’ll be happy to assist you

Read Which Medicare Plan is Right for Me?

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You are enrolled in Medicare!

As your needs change in the future, you may have options to change your coverage. We’re here to answer questions so you can back to the parts of your life that matter most!

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Medicare Support Center is not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. government or the federal Medicare program. Medicare Support Center is an educational and enrollment program owned and operated by CareFree Insurance Services, Inc. (“CareFree”), a subsidiary of CVS Health® and licensed insurance agency. We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact or 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY: 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week, to get information on all your options. CVS Pharmacy® has made space available to select licensed insurance agents or agencies and the Medicare Support Center as a courtesy for its customers. CVS Pharmacy is preferred with some Medicare Part D plans, does not endorse any Medicare plan, and does not receive compensation of any kind from plan sponsors or other third parties related to enrollment in a Medicare plan. Please refer to the outlines of coverage and specific brochures on products and insurance plans for more detailed information and disclaimers relating to insurance products and plans. This is a solicitation of insurance by Carefree, and you may be contacted by an insurance agent.