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When I Get Divorced , Will I Lose My Medicare Coverage ?

Generally, if you qualify for Medicare coverage based on your own employment record, the coverage can never be cancelled. If Medicare insurance is based on your spouse's employment history, you might lose it when you get divorced. The key factor Medicare will consider is the length of the marriage. If you qualified for coverage based on your spouse's employment and remained married for at least 10 years, the Medicare coverage will stay with you even after you are divorced. If you were married for less than 10 years and did not work long enough to qualify for you own Medicare insurance, Medicare can drop you from its program.

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