You could make a significant contribution to their welfare and peace of mind and, indirectly, to the economies of their adopted countries, by allowing Medicare benefits to be paid to entitled recipients outside the U. Retirement abroad is not just a Latin American phenomenon. So why shouldn’t their Medicare benefits be portable? residential requirements would recognize the profound changes in American life in the half-century since the program was introduced. Many are well-educated and familiar with living in different cultures. The movement for an extension of Medicare benefits abroad is slowly picking up steam.Travelers who fall ill in a foreign country can get reimbursement for medical expenses. Many of the baby boomers living overseas have already spent at least part of their careers working outside the U. — a reflection of the multinational interests of U. The retirees in Latin America comprise educators, former government employees, corporate executives and entrepreneurs. Expat groups in San Miguel de Allende and Chapala are campaigning for the change. borders would complicate efforts to keep track of spending — and make it even more vulnerable to fraud. In fact, it can save money for our overburdened health care system.
He receives a small pension from the city — about 0 a month — and financial help from his eight children.Muñoz Maldonado has another advantage: He and Consuelo belong to the Instituto Nacional de las Personas Adultas Mayores (INAPAM), a government agency that provides those 60 and older a host of services, from discounts on medicine and medical care to job training and placement services. In fact, about 46 percent of men and 15 percent of women age 65 or older remain in the labor force."The phenomenon of aging is new to the world," says Pilar Torres, an INAPAM official. But now when a person turns 60, they have 20 years or more of life expectancy."[This] will allow people to live with dignity when they retire." On a personal level, Calderón plans to work after his term ends in 2012, perhaps as a consultant or at a university, do a lot of writing and eventually participate in that federally-run retirement plan.But fewer than half of the nation's workers — and only 16 percent of Mexicans 60 and older — participate in that pension plan because most of the workforce consists of "informal" workers who can't access the system.