I have heard I must have medicare at age 65 in place of the health overage I presntly have. Will my employer approach me to switch to medicare? Will it happen automatically? Is this SOP? I dont want to ask human services.Thank all insights very much. I understand the next to last statement better than some, I would wager. My answer to your question is, NO, you do not HAVE to switch. I am almost 70 and will retire the day before I am. I am still on the University's BC/BS plan. When I retire, I will go on Medicare and a Medigap policy. One must have Medicare in place before our State retirement group will allow one into the Medigap plan. My fear was what I had heard about 10% annual penalties if one did not sign up for Medicare within X-days of 65. This is NOT true. If you are under employer coverage, you are grandfathered in at the cost at the time you reach your 65th birthday.Hope this helpshvyevy2
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