Eau Claire, WI asked in Elder Law for Wisconsin

Q: Does Medicare provide any coverage for dependents?

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Thomas B. Burton
Thomas B. Burton
  • Elder Law Lawyer
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: Generally, there are usually no provisions for dependents under Medicare.

I found that there are three exceptions to the general rule, listed below:

Below are three situations in which dependent children could be eligible for Medicare:

If you have end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and need regular dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant, and are currently receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits, your spouse and dependent children may qualify for Medicare coverage as Medicare dependents.

If your child has ESRD requiring regular dialysis or a kidney transplant, he or she may qualify for Medicare coverage.

If your child has a disability that entitles him or her to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments, he or she may qualify for Medicare. Your child must have received SSDI benefits for at least 24 months in order to receive Medicare benefits.

If your dependents live in Wisconsin, it is possible they may qualify for coverage under Badgercare Plus, the state run health program for low income adults, families and children. See: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/fpl.htm

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