Social Security offers a quick online application that can be completed in just a few minutes. You do not have to be receiving income benefits to get Medicare. Just visit the Social Security website and follow the links about applying for medicare.
For most people your inital enrollment period (A 7-Month window in which you should enroll in Part A and Part B to avoid late enrollment fees) is the best time to sign for Medicare.
At age 65 you are eligible for Medicare, regardless of whether or not you are already taking Social Security Income benefits. Some people may qualify earlier than 65 due to an illness or disease.
No, but there are significant penalties for late enrollment unless you have other creditable health care coverage, such as from an employer.