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Does one have to be a US resident in addition to being a US

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Does one have to be a US resident in addition to being a US citizen to get part A medicare? I do not have enough working credits for free medicare, but am willing to pay.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 4 months ago.
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If you do not qualify for Social Security, railroad retirement benefits or disability benefits (which means you would not qualify for free medicare), you can qualify to buy Part A (and Part B) if you are a current US resident and either a US citizen or a permanent US resident having lived in the US for 5 continuous years before you apply for Medicare. If you are not a citizen or not a permanent resident, you would not be able to qualify even to pay for medicare benefits.