Medicare covers some people younger than age 65 with disabilities. Medicare Part A benefits are provided at no cost, but Medicare Part B benefits have a monthly premium cost that is deducted directly from a monthly Social Security benefit. If you apply for disability benefits and are approved, and if your medical coverage is provided by the Benefits Plan, in most cases the plan requires you to enroll for Medicare Part B benefits, with the Board reimbursing the cost of coverage from your monthly disability benefit, unless you are part of a member couple or have primary medical coverage through a spouse. To verify enrollment and set up reimbursement, the Board must receive a copy of your Medicare card.
Anyone who has Medicare hospital insurance (Part A) or medical insurance (Part B) is eligible for prescription drug coverage (Part D). Joining a Medicare prescription drug plan is voluntary, and you pay an extra monthly premium for the coverage.