Medicare + foreign nationals

somarco

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Do foreign nationals have the ability to "buy in" to the Medicare system and receive benefits just like U. S. citizens? A client has asked and I can't find the answer. Somewhere along the way I have heard they can buy in, but I am unable to verify at this time.
 
If you are not eligible for premium-free Medicare Part A, you can buy Part A by paying a monthly premium if:

* You are age 65 or older, and
* You are enrolled in Part B, and
* You are a resident of the United States, and are either a citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence who has lived in the United States continuously during the 5 years immediately before the month in which you apply.

That is from the Medicare.gov website. It does not give the rates. Best bet is to call them (1-800-MEDICARE).
 
For Part A, each month (in 2010) you will pay:
Nothing if you or your spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes for 10 years or more in the U.S.
$254 if you or your spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes between 7.5 and 10 years in the U.S.
$461 if you or your spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes for fewer than 7.5 years in the U.S.
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That's pasted from Medicareinteractive.com. Then they have to pay Part B and get a supplement.
 
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I guess. I just did a google search and it came up. Guess I read it wrong. The only reason I even said that was where I got it was I didn't want to be accused of plagiarism. :nah:
 
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