Medicare is a federal health insurance program generally available at age 65 (or earlier in certain circumstances). It covers a portion of the cost of eligible health care expenses such as hospitalization, physician services and prescription drugs. Medicare benefits are funded through payroll taxes that are paid by both the employee and Northrop Grumman.

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Typically, you are eligible for Medicare if you are age 65 or older. (You may be eligible to receive benefits prior to age 65 if you have a qualifying disability or end-stage renal disease.) If you are an active employee, your coverage as an active employee is primary even if you enroll in Medicare.

The Social Security Administration will automatically send you information on Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and an application for Medicare Part B (medical insurance) three months before your 65th birthday, if you are receiving Social Security benefits. At that time, you should apply for your Medicare Part B benefits. If you do not receive the application for Medicare coverage, then you can request one by:

  • Calling the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213
  • Accessing the Medicare Web site at

When you enroll in Medicare, you may be required to provide the following:

  • Proof of age
  • Your previous year’s Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement (earnings)
  • Your Social Security card or record of your number
  • Marriage certificate, if applicable

Call the NGBC When You Become Eligible for Medicare

If you are enrolled in retiree medical coverage through Northrop Grumman, call the NGBC when you become eligible for Medicare. A Benefits Center representative will help you understand any changes you may need to make to your retiree medical coverage.