TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2021
The eligibility requirements to obtain Medicare are very simple: you must be 65 years of age or older, and you must be a United States citizen. Other exceptions come into play, such as having certain disabilities, but for the most part that is all you need in order to obtain Medicare coverage.
However, there are those who move to the United States from other countries seeking medical coverage. Would they be able to obtain Medicare?
The answer is yes, but under certain stipulations. Most Americans qualify for premium-free Medicare Part A because they have continually paid into the system via payroll taxes. People who were not born in the United States will need a valid citizenship, or have been lawfully present in the U.S. for more than five continuous years to qualify for Medicare. If they accumulate enough work history and paid into the system long enough, they can qualify for premium-free Medicare Part A once they reach 65. However, they would have to pay a premium for Part A in addition to Part B along with whatever other coverage they would have to suit their needs. But the bottom line is, they can still qualify as long as they have been lawfully present for more than five years and plan to continue residing in the United States.
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