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My Benefits | I am Turning 65

I am Turning 65

The following web page answers questions employees may have about turning 65 and becoming Medicare eligible. This page supports Academic Administrators, Faculty, Institutional Officials, Merit AFSCME, Merit Confidential & Merit Supervisory and P&S employees who are currently employed at the university.

Health & Dental Coverage

If you are still employed by the university, and are turning 65, you are eligible to remain on the university's health and dental plans. The university health plan will remain as your primary coverage.

By turning 65 you are now eligible to sign up for Medicare Part A. Medicare Part A covers hospital care, skilled nursing facility care, nursing home care, hospice, and home health services. Medicare Part A is at no cost to you.

To enroll in Medicare you can contact the Social Security Office. There is a seven month window around your 65th birthday in which you are eligible to enroll. Once you are enrolled, please call the number on the back of your Wellmark ID to report your Medicare Part A number.

For any questions regarding Medicare eligibility and how it works, please contact:

Waterloo Social Security Office
3121 Greyhound Drive
Waterloo, IA 50701
Phone: (888) 456-9554
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
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Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
Phone: 1-800-351-4664 or visit their website.

Wellmark Medicare Resources

Learn the basics about Medicare, starting with eligibility at the Wellmark Medicare 101 website.