What Is A Medicare Beneficiary?

What Is A Medicare Beneficiary?

a permanent resident of the United States (including his or her spouse and unmarried children under 21).

a US citizen temporarily abroad (including a US citizen returning to the US).

a US citizen who is out of the United States for less than 5 calendar months.

a US citizen who is out of the United States for more than 5 calendar months, but less than one year

a US citizen who is out of the United States for more than one year.

b. Undocumented Alien

a non-US citizen who is not a legal permanent resident and who does not have lawful immigration status.

a non-US citizen who is not a legal permanent resident and who does not have lawful immigration status. US citizen who is abroad for a short visit.

c. Non-U.S. Citizen

a non-US citizen who has lawful immigration status.

a non-US citizen who has lawful immigration status. US citizen who is abroad for a short visit.

d. Non-Resident Alien

a non-U.S. citizen residing in the U.S. legally for a short period of time.

a non-U.S. citizen residing in the U.S. legally for a short period of time. US citizen who is abroad for a short visit.

e. Non-Resident Alien

f. Domestic or Foreign Jurisdictions

a domestic jurisdiction is a state of the United States or the District of Columbia.

a foreign jurisdiction is a nation other than the United States or a US territory or possession.

g. Public or Private

a public sponsor is a governmental entity (except the federal government).

a private sponsor is any individual or organization other than a governmental entity.

h. Non-Beneficiary

a non-beneficiary is an individual who is not a beneficiary and does not qualify as a sponsor.

a non-beneficiary is an individual who is not a beneficiary and does not qualify as a sponsor. A non-beneficiary who is a household member is a US citizen or non-citizen residing in the household of a beneficiary.

a non-beneficiary who is a household member is a US citizen or non-citizen residing in the household of a beneficiary. A non-beneficiary who is not a household member is a non-citizen residing in households other than that of a beneficiary.

HOW TO APPLY FOR MEDICARE BENEFITS

Step 1

a. Before you apply for Medicare and Social Security benefits, you need to know if you are eligible.

If you are already getting Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits, you are probably eligible for Medicare.

If you are not getting Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits, it is not always clear if you are eligible for Medicare.

You may qualify for Medicare if you are:

· 65 or older,

· Disabled, or

· A dependent of a person who was receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits when they died.

If you are a dependent, you may get Medicare if your parent or spouse died.

If you are a widow or widower, you may get Medicare if your spouse died.

If you have a disability, you may be eligible for Medicare even though you are under age 65.

· If you are getting Social Security or Railroad Retirement disability benefits, you may be eligible for Medicare.

· If you are receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement disability benefits and have a disability that started before you turned 65, you may be eligible for Medicare.

· If you are receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement disability benefits and have a disability that started after you turned 65, you may be eligible for Medicare.

b. If you are not sure if you qualify for Social Security or Railroad Retirement, or for Medicare, you should contact the Social Security Administration or Railroad Retirement Board at 1-877-690-1012 or www.ssa.gov.

Step 2

Contact the Social Security Administration and ask for a copy of the publication called "Medicare and You".

Step 3

Fill out an application and Social Security will tell you if you are eligible.

Step 4

If you are eligible, you can sign up for Medicare at a local Social Security office or by calling 1-877-690-1012.

Step 5

You can apply for Medicare online by visiting https://www.ssa.gov/applytous/index.html.

Step 6

The Social Security Administration will send you a Medicare card.

Step 7

You should get Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance) benefits as soon as possible.

Step 8

You will get a Medicare Summary Notice in the mail every time you get your Medicare card.

Step 9

Please, call the Social Security Administration at 1-877-690-1012 or visit www.ssa.gov if you:

· Need help with your Medicare card;

· Need help with your Medicare Summary Notice; or

· Need help with your Medicare bill.

WHAT IS MEDICARE?

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people who meet certain age and disability requirements.

It is administered by the Social Security Administration.

Medicare pays for hospital and medical expenses.

It is a popular income protection plan for retired and disabled persons.

Medicare is not a welfare program.

Medicare is not a health plan.

Medicare is not health insurance.

Medicare

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