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How do you cancel your Medicare here in the Philippines.

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roadrunner1

I intend to stay here with my filippino wife and I found out I can't use my Medicare I live on Cebu How can I have them stoping takeing out medicare payments from my SS

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KennyF

It might help if you indicate your nationality.

 

KinPP

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cebubird

Call Social Security-tell them you want to cancel and they will send you a form to sign and send back.

Probably if you are already living here, you can contact Manila office.

I did it several months before we moved here so they alreay had the form back and medicare was dropped by the time I got first check here.

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RandyOdom

Just a word of caution, if you do decide to go back to the states and pick up your Medicare coverage, they will charge you for all the months you didn't have a deduction.

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For Real

The easiest way to cancel medicare is to die

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SkyMan

It might help if you indicate your nationality.

 

KinPP

You mean more than one country is stuck with medicare?
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dc3driver

LOL

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For Real

Medicare whilst being a cost to the taxpayers, It was a licence to print money for the medical health professionals...and it was free to all citizens

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Brucewayne

Go to the Consolate's office (I think SS is there on the third Thursday thru Saturday from 9-11)

If you are out of country, you have to show up in person, but I am sure you can find the office, it is in the lower section of the Waterfront Hotel, just as you pull in.

There is a section (forum here) just for Consulate news, you may look or post there to verify the dates SS will be there.

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dennis1105

Just a word of caution, if you do decide to go back to the states and pick up your Medicare coverage, they will charge you for all the months you didn't have a deduction.

That's simply not true. If you cancel Medcare part B, you are still enrolled for Medicare part A which is hospitalization. If you go back to the US and want to sign up for Medicare part B again, you will pay a percentage penalty each month on your part B premium. I think it's 10% added to premium for each year you were not enrolled. You do not have to pay back for each month you didn't have a deduction.

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RandyOdom

That's simply not true. If you cancel Medcare part B, you are still enrolled for Medicare part A which is hospitalization. If you go back to the US and want to sign up for Medicare part B again, you will pay a percentage penalty each month on your part B premium. I think it's 10% added to premium for each year you were not enrolled. You do not have to pay back for each month you didn't have a deduction.

 

 

I stand corrected.

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SkyMan

That's simply not true. If you cancel Medcare part B, you are still enrolled for Medicare part A which is hospitalization. If you go back to the US and want to sign up for Medicare part B again, you will pay a percentage penalty each month on your part B premium. I think it's 10% added to premium for each year you were not enrolled. You do not have to pay back for each month you didn't have a deduction.

So if you don't pay for 10 years then you have double premiums? And does that penalty go away after 10 years when you have essentially paid up or does it continue?

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cebubird

That's simply not true. If you cancel Medcare part B, you are still enrolled for Medicare part A which is hospitalization. If you go back to the US and want to sign up for Medicare part B again, you will pay a percentage penalty each month on your part B premium. I think it's 10% added to premium for each year you were not enrolled. You do not have to pay back for each month you didn't have a deduction.

That's right-glad I read your post-saved me from saying exactly what you said.

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Headshot

While you can get back on Medicare Part B, If you are on Tricare (military retirees), and decide to decline Medicare Part B, it is my understanding that Tricare will drop you PERMANENTLY (even if you later change your mind on Medicare Part B and go back to it). Of course, thatonly applies if you are over 65. That is my understanding, but if anyone understands it differently, and has a reference, I would love to hear it.

 

While Tricare is pretty tough on us here in the Philippines right now, who knows what the future will hold or whether or not we will live here permanently. For my parents (living in the US), Tricare plus Medicare covered everything. Even though my mother had some major medical expenses in the years before she died, they never had to pay anything. For military retirees, that is definitely something to think about.

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tonny

What ever you do keep a recite of all correspondence as drop my part B in 94 send them a letter return recite requested and they send me back some bull sh-t form saying VA would not take care of me if i did not have part B . they took it out for they next 12 yrs . I use it several times haaaaa ,then the yr I turn 65 i had a lawyer in Montana write them a nice letter asking for my money they had taken out of me for all those yrs (50$ for him) They send me 4,000 + back how crazy . That why always keep the letter and return recite haaaaaaaaa Now if you only say 45 and on disability u can stop part B and then at 65 you get a free shot to sign back up then good loophole (no 10%)

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lancer89074

You mean more than one country is stuck with medicare?

 

Medicare which was a John F Kennedy program originally saved a lot of families a lot of heartaches. When will you grow a heart?

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RogerDuMond

Medicare which was a John F Kennedy program originally saved a lot of families a lot of heartaches. When will you grow a heart?

 

Actually the bill was signed by Johnson and please be careful not to attack other posters only refute what they say.

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CardiacKid
While you can get back on Medicare Part B, If you are on Tricare (military retirees), and decide to decline Medicare Part B, it is my understanding that Tricare will drop you PERMANENTLY (even if you later change your mind on Medicare Part B and go back to it). Of course, thatonly applies if you are over 65. That is my understanding, but if anyone understands it differently, and has a reference, I would love to hear it.
If you are retired military and decline Medicare Part B you will be dropped from Tricare at age 65. If you enroll in Part B later, you will be enrolled in Tricare for Life on the date that your enrollment in Part B takes effect. You can verify this by calling 1-800-538-9552 which connects you to DEERS. I did just that this year when I enrolled in Part B a year late. I was charged an additional $5.00 a month for the late enrollment. There are only two enrollment periods in a year, and if you miss signing up then, your enrollment is held and takes effect during the next open enrollment period. I then called DEERS and was told that I was once again covered by Tricare.
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RogerDuMond

If per chance you are covered by another insurance when you turn 65 you can decline part B and there is no penalty if you decide to take it later.

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babenes

All i did is went on SS website and wrote them a letter stating i wanted to cancel my part b of my medicare because i cannot use it aboard. The following month they stop deducting medicare from my SS.

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Brucewayne

All i did is went on SS website and wrote them a letter stating i wanted to cancel my part b of my medicare because i cannot use it aboard. The following month they stop deducting medicare from my SS.

 

You are lucky, I was told online several times to visit the U.S. Embassy in Manila and couldn't get there.

I met a guy who told me he had simply gone to the U.S. Consulate and filed with them there, gave me the schedule of the SS visits and I did so.

Glad I did though, the $93.00 per month was not used by me and we needed it for our own medical bills here.

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fredanna

Medicare which was a John F Kennedy program originally saved a lot of families a lot of heartaches. When will you grow a heart?

Possibly MEDICAID is the social crutch that needs to be revised here in the USA.

Medicare was an extra expense for me. I'm 66 my wife is 39. My retirement provides full coverage to her and is a secondary health insurance to me. That cost was reduced when I went to Medicare. Basically it was about a $75 increase to monthly medical expenses for us. Medicare is now primary. I do not know why we are forced into this Medicare thing at exactly 65 yrs of age.,,,,come hell or high water!!

If ya got a working situation from a retirement program why mess with it??

Fred

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Brucewayne

I intend to stay here with my filippino wife and I found out I can't use my Medicare I live on Cebu How can I have them stoping takeing out medicare payments from my SS

Thanks

 

Social Security is at the U.S. Consulate's office on the third Thursday and Friday most months.

Be in line at 8am and they will help you.

I did it that way, they refused to let me drop mine with a call or by mail.

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ed villas
I do not know why we are forced into this Medicare thing at exactly 65 yrs of age.,,

Thank LBJ for this

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