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raymoisa
11/30/2016 06:52 EST

i am 66 and i am getting social security and medicare, which its deducted automatically every month from social security auto deposited to my checking. i will be moving to italy in march 2017. how do i get health care insurance in italy? do i need to cancel my medicare in the U.S., then buy international health care insurance?

LisaC1
4/4/2017 12:20 EST

Richardcomerchero,

I just had a conversation with the social security office. In my husband's case, his birthday is in May. He has a 3 month window to enroll in social security, thus if he does not enroll by the end of August he must wait until the next enrollment period period. I was told that would be January, February or March, in order to have coverage for July. Thus, it is definitely best to sign up promptly, or risk being uncovered for a period of time, if you happen to be in the States.

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guestuser
4/4/2017 01:41 EST

Medicare is discusses the issue here: https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/travel-need-health-care-outside-us.html

richardcomerchero
4/3/2017 17:47 EST

this site has been very helpful!! thanks!! From AARP "Except in very limited situations, medical coverage abroad does not entitle you to a SEP when you return" What exactly are those "limited situations"?? Could be very important....thanks for your time....

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