Health Insurance, Medicare

Apply online for Medicare Part B during a Special Enrollment Period

From the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner

During the pandemic, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is taking Medicare Part B enrollment applications online for working-age people who qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).

Part B covers 2 types of services

People eligible to use the online application must be age 65 or older and have or had group health insurance coverage within the past 8 months through their own or their spouse’s current employment.

To complete the online enrollment application, people will need the following information:

  • Medicare ID number
  • Current address and phone number
  • Valid email address
  • Documentation verifying group health coverage through their own or spouse’s current employment.

People applying online must digitally sign the form to complete their application. To complete the digital signature, they’ll need to provide an email address. The applicant will then receive an email from asking them to confirm their digital signature.

If applicants do not receive the confirmation email within a few minutes of submitting their email address, they should check their email junk folder.

IMPORTANT:  The applicant’s signature is not complete and their application will not be process – until they complete the instructions sent via email.

Personalized help

Although SSA offices are unable to serve walk-in customers, some SSA offices may be able to schedule an appointment by phone for some services

Most SSA business can be completed online. SSA encourages people to call or take advantage of the secure and convenient online services to:

  • Apply for retirement, disability and Medicare
  • Check the status of an application or appeal.
  • Request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas).
  • Print a benefit verification letter.