That depends. As you make your decisions about Medicare, keep your current health coverage in mind. If you are currently retired, this could be retiree health coverage from your former employer or your union. If you’re still working, you may have health coverage from your current job. Or you may have purchased your own health insurance. You’ll need to find out whether you can keep any coverage you currently have, and what your costs might be. You may have more choices available to you.
Explore your options with someone who’s familiar with the details of the coverage you have now. If it’s coverage from an employer or a union, you can start with a human resources manager or a benefits specialist. Or talk to customer service at the insurance company that provides the plan. Do your research well. In some cases, if you keep your current coverage and wait until later to join Medicare, you may have fewer choices and pay more.
If you have coverage through the Federal Marketplace, you will need to cancel your plan and enroll in Medicare. You can ask Next Step for assistance.