Who Is Eligible for Medicare in Texas?

Who Is Eligible for Medicare in Texas?

Individuals age 65 or older who are recipients of Railroad Retirement or Social Security benefits qualify for Medicare Part A in Texas, according to Consumer Direct Insurance Services of Texas. Qualifying beneficiaries do not have to pay monthly premiums for Part A coverage.

People who had Medicare-covered government employment or spouses of such individuals are also eligible to receive Medicare Part A benefits, states Consumer Direct Insurance Services of Texas. End-stage renal disease patients automatically qualify for the coverage. Part A coverage is often free, whereas Part B coverage typically requires monthly premium payments.

Eligible individuals usually become enrolled to Medicare automatically, says Consumer Direct Insurance Services of Texas. They get an Initial Enrollment parcel that includes a Medicare enrollment card three months before they turn 65 years old. People who are suffering end-stage renal disease, currently living in Puerto Rico, or not presently receiving Social Security benefits must sign up for Medicare coverage on their own.

To sign up for Medicare, a person can apply online by visiting the Social Security website or apply over the phone by calling 1-800-772-1213, recommends Consumer Direct Insurance Services of Texas. The Medicare website provides comprehensive information on eligibility requirements, enrollment dates, and instructions on how to add, cancel or modify a person's Medicare coverage.