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Enrolling in Medicare

The Peralta Community College District requires that all retirees and eligible dependents enroll in the federal Medicare program if they are age 65 or older. Medicare consists of several "Parts" each of which covers a different kind of service. For example, Medicare Part A covers hospitalization expenses, Part B covers doctor's office visits and other outpatient services, and Part D covers prescription drugs. Important: Peralta retirees should only enroll in Parts A and B. They should decline Part D coverage as the District's prescription drug coverage is superior to the Medicare coverage. The District will reimburse the retiree or the dependent for any premiums incurred as a result of enrolling in Medicare Parts A and B.

The Process for enrolling in Medicare Parts A and B depends on whether or not you have 40 quarters of Medicare credit. The number of quarters that have been credited to you appears on the annual statement sent by Social Security to everyone with a Social Security number every year. If you are not sure how many quarters of coverage you have you can contact the Social Security Administration toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (or TTY 1-800-325-0778) to determine how many quarters of coverage you have earned.

To continue, click on one of the following:

I have 40 quarters of Medicare coverage

I do not have 40 quarters of Medicare coverage



This page last updated: January 1, 2017


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