Do Disabled People Have to Get Medicare?


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Medicare automatically enrolls Social Security Disability recipients into Medicare Parts A and B once the disabled person receives those benefits for 24 months, according to Medicare.gov. A disabled person who is not a recipient of SSD does not qualify for Medicare.

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Do Disabled People Have to Get Medicare?
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Medicare Part A, which covers hospital care, does not have a premium, according to the Medicare website. Medicare Part B, which covers outpatient medical care, has monthly premiums that the recipient must pay. If a person does not want to receive Part B, he can send his Medicare card back, or he can submit a signed request to the Social Security Administration to unenroll him. Once he unenrolls from Part B, he cannot re-enroll until the next general enrollment period.

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