Medicare eligibility


Q. I am a CSRS federal law enforcement retiree (age 50 with 20 years of service). Other than having paid into FICA taxes, I never paid into Social Security like present FERS employees. When I turn 65, am I eligible for both Medicare parts A and B? If not, how do you suggest I proceed to supplement my coverage?

A. You may not be aware of it, but your FICA taxes paid for Medicare Part A at no additional cost and made you eligible to enroll in Part B, if you want to pay the premiums.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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