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Medicare Eligibility: Employees Prior to 1983

On January 1, 1983, the County of Los Angeles withdrew its employees from the Social Security system. If you did not earn enough Social Security credits before June 1, 1983, you may not be eligible to receive Medicare (or Social Security) benefits. However, if you were hired after March 31, 1986, you have paid taxes into the Medicare system as required by federal law. These payments may be sufficient to establish your Medicare eligibility even if you are not eligible for Social Security. For more information, call the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or visit www.socialsecurity.gov.

 

Signing Up for Medicare While You're Still Working

Members who turn 65 and continue working should sign up for Medicare Part A. In some cases, Part A may help pay a portion of the costs not covered by your (or your spouse's) County or union-sponsored group health plan.

However, it may be advantageous for active members age 65 or older covered by a County or union-sponsored group health plan to wait to sign up for Medicare Part B. By signing up for Part B while you (or your spouse) are still working and have County or union-sponsored group health coverage, you would have to pay the monthly Medicare Part B premium. The Part B benefits, however, may be of limited value to you as long as the group health plan is the primary payer of your medical bills.

For information on County-sponsored group health coverage, call the Los Angeles County Employees Benefits Hotline at (213) 388-9982. To sign up for Medicare, call the Social Security Administration at 800-722-1213.

10-18-11