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How to Apply for Medicare Through Spouse

Throughout their working years, many people choose to take health insurance through their spouse’s plan. However, when it comes to Medicare, individuals qualify separately. Thus, it doesn’t matter if your spouse or domestic partner has Medicare if you aren’t yet eligible.

Can You Get Medicare Through Your Spouse?

Each person qualifies for Medicare individually. Therefore, being married to someone who is already on Medicare won’t make someone Medicare eligible.

Additionally, your other non-eligible family members also can’t receive Medicare when you do. In this way, Medicare is unlike the health care plans for which you sign up through employers.

A person is only eligible for Medicare if any of the following applies to them:

  • Attainment of age 65
  • Receipt of Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits for 24 months
  • Diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

The only way marital status affects your Medicare is when it comes to the number of quarters you need to pay Medicare taxes to receive premium-free Medicare Part A. If you aren’t married, you’ll need to have paid Medicare taxes for 40 quarters (ten years) on your own. Eligible married couples get premium-free Part A when at least one spouse pays these taxes for ten years.

Can My Non-Working Spouse Get Medicare Coverage?

If your spouse doesn’t work, they can get Medicare coverage only if they’re eligible on their own. Once your spouse is Medicare eligible, they’ll get Part A premium-free if at least one of you paid Medicare taxes for a minimum of ten years.

Beneficiaries who struggle with health care costs can apply for a Medicare Savings Program. For married couples, these programs consider the dollar amounts for your combined monthly income and resources.

A married couple’s combined resources are considered for Extra Help with Part D prescription drug coverage. Further, a married couple may be eligible for Extra Help if their resources exceed the limit, but they support (a) family member(s) living in the same home. 

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Allison Auvil

Allison Auvil

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Allison Auvil is a Content Strategist at Elite Insurance Partners. With a bachelor’s degree in visual arts, Allison brings a creative perspective to her writing. She has been involved in content writing and editing for the past five years. The combination of an extensive Medicare101 training program and daily thorough research has made Allison a Medicare Guru. A detail-oriented writer, Allison is focused on writing pieces that are accurate, informative, and easy to read. She begins her writing process with meticulous research and note taking. Once her data is compiled, Allison enjoys the challenge of taking complex data and information and creating articles that are easy to understand.