Medicare and federal insurance


Q. I have a federal judge as a patient and he has Medicare prime and federal insurance secondary. He claims that under a law called Senior Status, since he is working part time, Medicare would be prime. Would this also apply to his wife?

A. I’ve never heard of law to which he’s referring. However, the circumstances under which Medicare or an Federal Employees Health Benefits plan are primary or secondary are spelled out at

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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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