Question: I have a special needs brother who just turned 65. He has been getting medical insurance through Medi-Cal, but was told that now he is 65 he can no longer be covered unless he gives up all but $2,000 of his assets. He never paid into social security or medicare. Could you please provide some information on eligibility for those over 65?
Answer: Your brother is eligible for Medicare even though he never paid Medicare taxes. People with less than the requisite 40 credits must pay the premium for Part A - $411/mo for those with less than 30 credits. Part B premiums are $122 per month for most people. Go to medicare.gov for more infomation.