Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Do congressmen and women have to take medicare at 65?

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Seniors Donate to DU
 
Gin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 10:29 AM
Original message
Do congressmen and women have to take medicare at 65?
last night 2 republicans said they were on medicare..
Refresh | +1 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 10:36 AM
Response to Original message
1. I don't know. The military does. Mom was told at 65 that she was
no longer military care, she was medicare.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Gin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 10:40 AM
Response to Reply #1
2. the congressmen were both doctors....the woman next to me was
Edited on Wed Aug-10-11 10:40 AM by Gin
as surprised as I was to hear them say they were on medicare..tried to research it but couldn't find anything.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 10:43 AM
Response to Original message
3. Don't think so, but not sure.
As Fed 'ees, they may be entitled to continue w Fed 'ee Health Benefit Plan instead of Medicare. (I may do this, even tho retired.)
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 10:55 AM
Response to Reply #3
4. I'm on an employer plan (BC/BS) and it remains my primary insurer.
Medicare Part A will, on the first of next month, be my secondary payer.

In fact, so long as one is on an employer-based plan, one not need to decide on enrolling in Part B unless or until one is no longer covered by that employer-based plan.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
frazzled Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 10:57 AM
Response to Original message
5. No one HAS to, but you can get it while still remaining on your work insurance
For Medicare Part A (hospitalization), it is recommended that you sign up at 65 even if you are still getting insurance through your employer--it might pay some costs the insurance company won't.

For Part B (doctor visits), the premium gets more expensive the longer you wait after 65 (though I think there is an exclusion for if you are receiving insurance through work and enroll within a certain period of time after your work insurance stops).

So, to answer: Congress people, like any individual, are not required to sign up for Medicare, but most people do, and I suspect Senators and Reps turning 65 can get on Medicare and also retain their government policies if they want.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
proudlib8134 Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-13-11 06:14 PM
Response to Reply #5
8. +1
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
DrDan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 02:58 PM
Response to Original message
6. your current insurance may be impacted if you turn 65 and do not sign up and make Medicare primary
I assume that is what they are referring to.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Philippine expat Donating Member (412 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-13-11 11:52 AM
Response to Original message
7. Medicare part A is automatic and free, Part B is automatic if
you are alrady drawing SS (you can opt out)
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Fri Sep 19th 2014, 07:06 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Seniors Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC