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Old 07-09-2018, 02:31 PM   #21
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I took early SS at age 62. When I turned 65, Medicare A and B were automatic. I didn't have to do a thing !
Yes I think that is true for a lot of people, but wasn't the best option in our case.
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Old 07-09-2018, 05:21 PM   #22
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I was born at an Army hospital in Austria, to American parents. I applied for Medicare in May. I don't have the spousal issue, I am single. But I did have to go to the Social Security office in person, with my documentation. I brought my Birth Certificate, my consular report of foreign birth, my naturalization certificate and some Austrian document. I brought everything I had, since I did not want to have to make a second trip.
After a two hour wait, it took only 10 minutes or so for the clerk to make copies of my stuff, and all went smoothly after that. I then received my Medicare card for Parts A & B with no problem, and applied for Prescription Supplemental coverage and BCBS Supplemental.
My coverage started July 1. I waited until I was sure Medicare was all set before canceling my old health insurance, which was COBRA, and due to run out July 31 anyway.
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I was born at an Army hospital in Austria, to American parents. I applied for Medicare in May. I don't have the spousal issue, I am single. But I did have to go to the Social Security office in person, with my documentation. I brought my Birth Certificate, my consular report of foreign birth, my naturalization certificate and some Austrian document. I brought everything I had, since I did not want to have to make a second trip.
After a two hour wait, it took only 10 minutes or so for the clerk to make copies of my stuff, and all went smoothly after that. I then received my Medicare card for Parts A & B with no problem, and applied for Prescription Supplemental coverage and BCBS Supplemental.
My coverage started July 1. I waited until I was sure Medicare was all set before canceling my old health insurance, which was COBRA, and due to run out July 31 anyway.
I have possession of all those items, and a 63 year old US passport in my maiden name as well as a current US passport. God Bless my mother for holding on to all that stuff..however I'm not certain you actually have to be a US citizen to get SS and Medicare as long as you are eligible.


They didn't tell me exactly what to bring and I assume I will be needing a copy of my marriage certificate of course I already sent them one 46 years ago..
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I think they wanted to see my birth certificate, and proof of either citizenship or permanent residency.

They advised anyone with a foreign birth certificate to bring it in to the office instead of mailing it, due to the difficulty to replace if lost.
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I think they wanted to see my birth certificate, and proof of either citizenship or permanent residency.

They advised anyone with a foreign birth certificate to bring it in to the office instead of mailing it, due to the difficulty to replace if lost.
You'd think they could communicate with the US Passport office or at least ask for a passport number online... in this day and age!
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