Q. As a police officer, I was disabled in the line of duty. I retired on disability pension after 21 years. The pension falls under the Windfall Elimination Provision. I do not have 40 quarters of Social Security. Am I entitled to Medicare Part A?
A. No, you aren’t. However, you can obtain Part A coverage, usually at age 62, by paying the premiums. To give you an idea of what it would cost, in 2016 it’s $411 and in 2017 it will be $413. To learn how to apply for Part A, go to https://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/index.html.