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My wife has medicare and collects social security. We have

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My wife has medicare and collects social security. We have been married for about 5 years and I have never contributed to the plan. Can I buy into the medicare health program. I am 72 yrs old.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  LawTalk replied 2 months ago.

Good morning,

I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Because you have been married to your spouse for at least 1 year, so long as you are a US citizen, or a legal resident who has been married for at least 5 years to your spouse while all the time residing with her in the US, you qualify for Medicare under her work record and so all you need to do is apply for Medicare and it will be provided to you. Likewise, even though you never paid into the social security system, you also qualify for a spouse retirement benefit based on her work record.

You don't need to buy into Medicare. You can apply for it based on your wife's work record.

You may reply back to me using the Reply link and I will be happy to continue to assist you until I am able to address your concerns, to your satisfaction.

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I wish you and yours the best in 2016,


Expert:  LawTalk replied 2 months ago.

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Thanks in advance,


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