I am a US citizen who lived in the US till age 21. I have lived and worked in Canada for my entire adult life. I never gave up my US citizenship. I am receiving Canadian pension income.. However I am now resuming residency in the USA and wish to apply ONLY for Medicare benefits. I am willing to pay the premiums and the penalties for late enrollment in both part A and Part B Medicare. It is unclear to me whether I must be a resident for 5 more years before I qualify to apply for Medicare, or can I apply now?
PS I am recently married to a US citizen/resident who s receiving SS and Medicare, and after one year of marriage I will be eligible to apply for Medicare under his work record (according to the SS agent I saw today). My uncertainty is regarding whether I must now wait 5 years in residency before I can apply, or can I apply now?