Medicare, Medicaid, Life and Health Insurance/Medicare
Hi -- I am an all-experts volunteer, too (in bankruptcy and collections). I'm trying to get information on Medicare.
I am retired and receiving social security (age 68). I have been informed that I was enrolled in Part A (although I never received a card). I refused Part B because I live in Canada and was covered by the Canadian system.
I am now thinking about moving permanently to another country (possibly Mexico) that has its own healthcare system, where I would be eligible. Nevertheless, I would like to preserve my Medicare rights in the event of extreme emergencies only.
Do I really need Part B? Won't Part A cover really life-threatening issues (I would go to doctors for ordinary checkups in my new country). Would I be penalized for not having taken Part B if I tried to sign up?
Most importantly -- is there a private plan that will cover the gaps if you have Part A but no other part of Medicare? Thanks very much.
If you do not already have a copy of Medicare and You 2013 get a copy from the local Social Security office. In the center of the back cover is the phone number of the nearest SHIP office to you.
Set up a 1 on 1 session with them and they will go over the whole thing with you