Eligibility of Civil Service Annuitants, Survivors, and Employees for Medicare

HRD-83-26: Published: Mar 10, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1983.

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GAO provided information regarding the number of Civil Service annuitants, survivors, and employees eligible for Medicare who are either dependents of wage earners or wage earners principally in non-federal employment covered by the social security system.

GAO found that, as of December 1981: (1) about 81 percent of the Civil Service employees, annuitants, and survivors age 65 or older were also eligible for Medicare part A; (2) about 79 percent of the annuitants and survivors eligible for part A were eligible on their own account and not as dependents of other individuals; (3) Civil Service annuitants and survivors who were eligible for part A on their own account had fewer years of social security covered earnings and paid less hospital insurance tax than a random sample of Medicare part A beneficiaries who were eligible on their own account; and (4) depending upon the age group, between 13 and 82 percent of active Civil Service employees were fully insured for Medicare part A as of December 1981, and most of these individuals should have begun paying the hospital insurance tax in January 1983.

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