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Medicare Eligibility

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.)

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