Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Be Aware of Your Medicare Status

As you or your spouse approach age 65, it is very important that you contact your local Social Security office to determine whether or not you are eligible for Medicare.

You can receive a reduction in your Office of Group Benefits health care premium if you are enrolled in both Medicare Part A, which is free, AND Part B, which has a monthly fee. It is OBG’s policy to pay benefits to you as if you are enrolled in Medicare A and B.

If you are not eligible for Medicare coverage, you must send OGB a copy of a letter from the Social Security Administration stating that you are not eligible. You can contact the Social Security Administration in several ways:

· You can visit the Social Security website at

· You can call Social Security toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Have your Social Security number handy.

Remember, in order to receive your OGB premium reduction, you must be enrolled in both Medicare A and B.

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