Missing your Medicare enrollment window can cost you thousands over dollars over your lifetime

When it comes time for you to sign up for Medicare, there's one mistake that can cost you big money.

The federal health care program, which covers 4 million senior and disabled Floridians, provides a specific seven-month enrollment period for Medicare Part A and Part B that is centered around your 65th birthday.


Miss that window of opportunity and there's a good chance of a monetary penalty being tacked onto your monthly Medicare Part B premium – for the rest of your life.

"There are all kinds of [problems] that can happen when it comes to Medicare," said Patty Shaffer, a trainer and research consultant specializing in Medicare for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. "There isn't a lot of information out there about late enrollment."



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