I am over 65 years old (Birthdate May 22, 1949). I am a US Alien Resident. My sister was a Foster Parent for children with AIDS and I assisted her in caring for them at home. I am not in receipt of Social Security Income and my total current income is $980.00 per month. Would I qualify for free Obamacare? The Enrollment Forms do not cater for persons born prior to 1951.
Please advise and thanks in advance for your kind consideration.
Being 65 or older you don't qualify for Marketplace cost assistance, being a resident Alien you may not qualify for Medicare subsidies, but you can still buy Medicare. All of this being said, to answer your question, yes your income alone would have qualified you.
Eligibility for Medicare for Resident Aliens
A US citizen or legal permanent resident aged 65 years or older usually qualify for Medicare. One of the eligibility criteria is that the person or spouse must have worked in the US and paid Medicare taxes for minimum 40 quarters.
If you are a recent green card holder or new immigrant to the US, aged 65 years or older, and never worked in the US, you may not immediately qualify for Medicare
If you don't qualify for free Medicare, you can still purchase it, if the following holds true in your casee:
- You're 65 years or older.
- You have recently become a US citizen by naturalization and haven't worked enough quarters to have social security coverage.
- You are a lawfully admitted alien (green card holder) and have constantly lived in the United States for 5 years or longer and don't qualify for the Social Security benefits
Learn more from Medicare.Gov