How Do I Check the Status of My Medicare Enrollment?

The status of your Medicare enrollment can be checked online through your My Social Security account on Social Security’s website or the “Check Enrollment” section of your account. You can also call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or go to a local Social Security office near you. It takes about 45 to 90 days to receive your acceptance letter after submitting your Medicare application.

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  • Published: October 26, 2020
  • Updated: September 13, 2022
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Check Status of Medicare Application

There are various ways to receive Medicare coverage.

If you already collect Social Security benefits before age 65, you’ll be automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A hospital insurance and Medicare Part B medical insurance when you turn 65.

Otherwise, you need to sign up for this coverage on your own.

Once your application is submitted, you can check on its status by:
  • Logging in to your My Social Security account
  • Visiting your local Social Security office
  • Calling Social Security
  • Visiting the Check Enrollment page on your account

To check the status of your Medicare application on the Social Security website, you will need to enter your Social Security number and the confirmation number you received when you filed your application.

Your application status will show:
  • The date your application was received
  • Any requests for additional documents
  • The address of the Social Security office processing your application
  • Whether a decision has been made about your application

Once your application is processed, you will receive a notification letter in the mail to inform you of whether your application was approved.

If you need help, or are unable to check your application status online, call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ways to Check Medicare Status

Status of Medicare Advantage and Part D

A Medicare Advantage, or Part C, plan is administered by a private health insurance company that contracts with Medicare.

You can check the status of a Medicare Advantage plan application by contacting the private insurer who administers your plan.

A Medicare Part D plan provides prescription drug coverage. Like Medicare Advantage, Part D plans are administered by private insurance companies.

To check your application status, contact the member services department of your Part D plan for more information.

You can also ask your pharmacy to check the status of your Part D enrollment by sending a test claim to the company.

When Does My Coverage Start?

When and how you enroll for a Medicare plan impacts when your coverage begins. Your benefits may not start until three months after you apply.

If you have not received an acceptance letter 45 to 90 days after submitting your application, call the Social Security Administration or check online. You will need your Medicare application number to do so.

Once your coverage begins, you do not need to reapply each year for Medicare benefits.

However, you will have an opportunity to change plans or adjust your coverage during the Medicare open enrollment period, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year.

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When Will I Receive My Medicare Card?

Once enrolled, you’ll receive a red, white, and blue Medicare card. This provides your Part A and Part B benefits.

If you are automatically enrolled in Medicare, your card will arrive in the mail two to three months before your 65th birthday.

Otherwise, you’ll usually receive your card about three weeks to one month after applying for Medicare.

Your Medicare card will display:
  • Your name
  • Your Medicare number
  • The Medicare plans you’re enrolled in
  • Start dates for each plan

If you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you’ll receive a second ID card for these benefits.

You’ll also receive a separate card if you sign up for a standalone Part D plan.

You can sign in to your account to print a Medicare replacement card.

According to, even if you use a Medicare Advantage or Part D card, you should still keep your red, white and blue Medicare card handy.

Last Modified: September 13, 2022

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