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Am I eligible for Part B if I am not eligible for premium-free* Part A Medicare

Q) On February 26, 2014, I turn 65. Now, recently, I visited the S.S.A. building in Fenton, Missouri. I am a retired teacher, and I do not qualify for Part A(free),which I am only interested in Part B anyway. Here is what I am somewhat confused about: “Since I don’t have 40 quarters of coverage under Medicare, I would have to pay $441.00 monthly. Part B would be the standard $104.90 per month.” Mine question is: “Am I eligible for Part B or not?”

A) If you aren’t eligible for premium-free* Part A, you can buy Part B without having to buy Part A, if you’re:

  • 65 or older
  • A resident of the U.S., and either:
  • a U.S. citizen, or
  • an immigrant lawfully admitted for permanent residence who has lived in the U.S. without a break for the 5 year period immediately before the month you file for enrollment in Part B.

You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE to verify this answer.


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I have continued to work after drawing full retirement, benefit has not increased.

Q) I have continued to work after drawing full retirement, and have been paying into the system. My benefit has not increased. Why? A) According to the Social Security Administration website; You can work while you receive Social Security retirement (or survivors) benefits. When you do, it could mean a higher benefit for you in the future.… Continue Reading

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  1. I have a son, age 19, diagnosed with Autism at a young age. He has a caseworker through the Department of Human Services which has provided him with Medical Assistance health coverage. I was told by his case manager that now that he is 19 years old that he had to apply for Social Security. The case manager told me he will be denied, but that it was required of him to apply. I am trying to find out what form to file out in order for him to apply for Social Security benefits. Can someone please send me a link or directions on what form I need to fill out.

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