Who is eligible for Medicare?
U.S. citizens and legal residents
Note: Legal residents must have lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years in a row before applying for Medicare.
Plus, one of the following:
Age 65 or older
Younger than 65 with a qualifying disability
Any age with a diagnosis of End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
What do I need to do once I’m eligible for Medicare?
Most people are automatically enrolled in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) once they’re eligible. But not everyone is.
You’ll be automatically enrolled in Original Medicare if:
You have receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits when you turn 65, or
You are eligible for Medicare because of a disability or medical condition.
You must enroll in Original Medicare yourself if:
You are not receiving Social Security benefits when you become eligible for Medicare. You can enroll by visiting the ssa.gov/medicare website, or by calling or stopping into your local Social Security office.
We are here to help. From our contact us page you can set a no-cost, one on one appointment or request a Medicare Made clear booklet or you can attend one of our Understanding Medicare meetings (see our Events page.)