Note: You can qualify for Medicare on your spouse’s work record if he or she is at least age 62 and you are at least age 65. You also may qualify on the work record of a divorced or deceased spouse. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013, people in same-sex marriages may qualify on their spouse’s work record if they live in the state where they were wed or in another state that recognizes same-sex marriage, or if they are civilian or military employees of the federal government. It’s currently unclear whether same-sex couples outside of these categories have the same rights — but if you’re in this position, you should apply anyway.
How to Qualify for Medicare or Medicaid (6 Steps)
While some people assume that Medicare and Medicaid are the same program, they are actually very different. Medicare is federally funded health insurance for people over age 65, disabled or who have end-stage renal disease. Medicaid, on the other hand, refers to health care coverage for low-income Americans and is administered by individual states. Medicaid recipients must fall within the low-income guidelines established by the federal government or have certain qualifying family members. In some cases, low-income senior citizens qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.
Most green card holders qualify for Obamacare, but not Medicare
You received a two-year conditional permanent resident card because you became a permanent resident within two years of your marriage. The reasons you can use to remove the condition without your wife’s signature, are that 1) you entered the marriage in good faith and the marriage was bona fide or “real” and it was terminated by divorce or annulment, or 2) you are the victim of spousal abuse or your child has suffered abuse from your wife or, 3) that leaving the United States would result in your suffering extreme hardship. You can self-petition to remove the condition also if your spouse has died. The easiest path to the permanent card for you may be proving that you are divorced and that you entered the marriage in good faith. You may benefit from help from an immigration law expert.
Medicare is avaliable to green card holders who qualify
Some people are confused about whether a naturalization applicant needs an unexpired card in hand to naturalize. If you ask USCIS officials whether a person with an expired or missing card must replace the card before naturalizing, many will answer “yes.” But that’s only because the law says that a permanent resident must always be in possession of a valid card. However, if you ask USCIS whether you can naturalize without a valid card, the answer is again “yes.” A person with required number of years of permanent residence can naturalize without producing an unexpired plastic card.
Can You Get Medicare at Age 62?
You are automatically enrolled in Medicare once you have received either Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board disability benefits for two years. For example, if you are 62 and began receiving disability benefits at 60, you qualify for Medicare. On the other hand, if your benefits started at age 61, you aren’t Medicare-eligible until you turn 63. People who have been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, are eligible for Medicare in the same month they get disability benefits.
Obesity screening & counseling
Medicare covers 15-minute face-to-face individual behavioral therapy sessions and 30-minute face-to-face group behavioral counseling sessions to help you lose weight. This counseling may be covered if you get it in a primary care setting (like a doctor’s office), where it can be coordinated with your other care and a personalized prevention plan. Talk to your primary care doctor or practitioner to find out more.