There are around one million baby boomers living full or part time in Mexico, many of whom would like to use Medicare coverage in their new home country. Medicare is not accepted outside of the United States. Paul Crist, founder of Americans for Medicare in Mexico (AMMAC), has been working for over two years to get legislation passed so Americans can use their Medicare benefits in Mexico.
Paul notes that last year Congress was concerned about health care reform and this year the immigration issue is taking center stage and it has been tough to gain attention for his proposed bill.
Some people object because they feel that taxpayer money should not be spend outside of the United States. "I have an interesting response to that," says Paul. He goes on to say, "People who are eligible beneficiaries for Medicare have paid into that system for, in many cases, 30 years, so is it the taxpayers money or is it their money? That is where I come from and I see it as the beneficiaries money because they paid in and they were promised coverage."
This debate is far from over and a lot of red tape remains before Medicare in Mexico becomes a reality.
To learn more about Paul Crist and the AMMAC's efforts to bring Medicare services to eligible retirees living in Mexico, visit MedicareInMexico.org.
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