Medicare Part B


Q: I am a CSRS federal retiree with 35 years of service who will turn 65 in late December. Will I automatically receive Medicare Part A and Part B or will I have to sign up for Part B? If not, can I apply for Part B before I receive Part A? I am not due to receive Part A until December 1. I am currently covered by Anthem Federal Blue Cross in New Hampshire. I retired from federal service in 2005.

A: You don’t automatically get either Medicare Part A or Part B. You have to apply for them. You can begin the process online beginning four months before your 65th birthday. Just go to


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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