United States government administered social insurance program, Medicare, provides health insurance in Massachusetts to the people aged 65 or above, people who are completely disabled, or in special circumstances like people suffering from end stage renal disease.
Before Medicare amendment, a mere 51% of people aged 65 years or more had Massachusetts health insurance coverage. As per rules laid down by the government, there are certain eligibility requirements to enroll in different Massachusetts Medicare programs. Let’s take a brief look at them.
Eligibility and Enrollment:
A person needs to sign up for Massachusetts Medicare Parts A and B in case:
Where to sign up for Massachusetts Part A and B coverage?
In majority of the cases an electronic application is the only thing required from a person. A representative from Social Security will contact you in case any information is needed.
When to sign up for Massachusetts Part A and B coverage?
In case a person missed to sign up during the Initial Enrollment Period, he or she can do so during the General Enrollment Period which is normally from January 1 to March 31 every year.
People who have Massachusetts group Medicare Health Insurance plan coverage under current employment can sign up during Special Enrollment Period where upon they can sign up anytime as long as their spouse is working.
There is another Special Enrollment Period of eight months starting from the last month of employment or the group insurance under current employment ends, whichever falls earlier.
When does the Massachusetts Medicare Coverage Begin?
For example: Mr. Ben’s 65th birthday is on July 21, 2012. So if he signs up for Medicare in the month of April, May or June. His coverage will start from July 1, 2012.
A person whose birthday falls on the first day of the month, their coverage starts on the first day of the previous month.For example: Mr. Jack’s 65th birthday is July 1, 2012. His Medicare coverage starts from June 1, 2012 provided that he signs up in the initial enrollment period.