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Social Security Q&A: Using direct deposit; applying for Medicare

Direct deposit has numerous advantages

Q: What are the benefits of using direct deposit or electronic payments?

A: It's safe, it's secure and it's convenient.

Your checks will not get lost in the mail.

You choose the account where your payment is deposited.

You will get your benefits on time, even if you're out of town or unable to get to the bank.

With few exceptions, nowadays, if you sign up for benefits, you must get your payments electronically. Visit godirect.org to learn more.

Want simple? Apply for Medicare online

Q: I'm 65, not ready to retire, but I want to apply for my Medicare coverage. How can I do that?

A: The easiest and most convenient way is to apply online. Use our online application to sign up for Medicare. It takes less than 10 minutes. In most cases, once your application is submitted electronically, you're done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if we need more information. Visit socialsecurity.gov/ medicareonly.

This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 1-800-772-1213.

Social Security Q&A: Using direct deposit; applying for Medicare 03/26/13 [Last modified: Monday, March 18, 2013 11:26am]
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