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My mother only has 21 units to qualify for Medicare. How

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My mother only has 21 units to qualify for Medicare. How many more does she need? She is 63. Does she need to work to get more units?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  emc011075 replied 10 months ago.

Hi. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to help you.

To qualify for Medicare Part A (hospital stay) your mother must be at least 65, qualify for social security benefits (worked at least 10 years and earned 40 credits) or worked as government employee (who did not contribute to Medicare or social security). If she doesn't have enough credits on her own, she may qualify for benefits and Medicare on her spouse's or ex spouse's records.

She doesn't need any work credits to qualify for Medicare part B or D.

If she is receiving social security disability benefits she may qualify for Medicare sooner.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
But medi-cal requires a certain number of units right?
Expert:  emc011075 replied 10 months ago.

Medical is not Medicare. Medicare is government health insurance associated with social security. Medical is CA Medicaid welfare program.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Oh I see ok