Alternatively, if you did not sign up during your initial enrollment period, or if you do not qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, you may sign up during General Enrollment. Should you qualify for one of these enrollment periods, you will not have to pay late enrollment fees.
The General Enrollment Period opens every year on January 1st and closes March 29th.
If you do sign up during this time, you will be responsible for paying the Part B premium. If you also sign up for Part A, you will also have to pay the Part A premium.
Special Enrollment Period Qualifications
There are two different Special Enrollment Period options depending on your situation. First, you may be able to sign up for Medicare at any time if:
You are working
Your spouse is working
You or your spouse has group plan coverage.
Your group plan coverage may come from either an employer or through a work-related union.
Secondly, you may be eligible for an 8-month Special Enrollment Period the month after one of the following:
End of employment
The end of the work-related group plan coverage