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Old 06-30-2009, 09:27 PM
 
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Hi,

I am a citizen of this country and planning on sponsoring the Green card for my mom. She is 67 years old. My biggest question is about her health insurance. If she becomes the permanent resident of this country will she qualify for the Supplemental Social Income and Medicaid. She will not be working here and hence will she qualify under the low income residing alien in this country. Please give me your inputs.

Thanks!
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:21 AM
 
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You are not alone with this dilemma:>(
To the best of my knowledge she will have a five year waiting-period before eligibility.

Start your research at medicare.gov. We found immigrationhealth.com a useful site.

Can you add her to your coverage claiming it "life changing"?

Please get details about her retirement pay. Depending on the country she may loose 25% or more of her benefits.

Please let me know of any progress you make with your research. Thank you.
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:00 PM
 
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Any other inputs please?
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:07 PM
 
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I dont think she would be. I think you are responsible to support her as far as I can remember.
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Old 07-04-2009, 11:24 AM
 
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Can't draw benefits unless the beneficiary has paid into the system.

Why a sponsor has to be 125% above the poverty level.
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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Can't draw benefits unless the beneficiary has paid into the system.
I believe this is correct. You have to have worked a certain amount of years in the United States (i.e. paid into the system for a certain amount of years) before you qualify to participate in these programs.

However, there might be other programs for people in her situation. I'm sorry I don't have any more information for you!
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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She won't be eligible for any social security benefits, that is unless she gets married (there are more rule after that too though), she WAS married to a person who paid into the system and is either divorced or he has died (again just general guidelines there is more to it than that).

I think the five year waiting period is for SSI, "supplemental income". That program depends on your earnings and assets. She meets the age requirement but that's about it. The good thing about SSI is that in some states an application for SSI (you do it through SSA) is an application for medicaid, so if you are getting SSI you are getting medecaid too.


Social Security Online - The Official Website of the U.S. Social Security Administration is a good place to find out what benefits she might be eligible for, I doubt shes eligible for any one of them right now though.
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:19 AM
 
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I believe this is correct. You have to have worked a certain amount of years in the United States (i.e. paid into the system for a certain amount of years) before you qualify to participate in these programs.

However, there might be other programs for people in her situation. I'm sorry I don't have any more information for you!
Correct generally it's 10 years (assuming you earn the max ammt of credits per year which is 4), the more the better though since SSA uses 35 years when they calculate their benefits.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:45 AM
 
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Correct generally it's 10 years (assuming you earn the max ammt of credits per year which is 4), the more the better though since SSA uses 35 years when they calculate their benefits.
This assumes that those of us who have been prudent and provided for our old age actually see any Social Security benefits in the future.
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:08 PM
 
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If this is the case, by being a permanent resident can we purchase medicare for her, since she is >65.
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