Who Qualifies for Medicare Coverage?


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Medicare Eligibility Guidelines

In order to qualify for Medicare you must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • 65 years of age or older and eligible for benefits under Social Security or the Railroad Retirement System
  • Receiving Social Security Disability benefits for at least 24 months
  • Receiving regular dialysis or have received a kidney transplant due to end-stage renal disease (ESRD)
  • Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease

Medicare Eligibility Resources

For more information on Medicare eligibility, contact Social Security at 800-772-1213 or visit the Social Security Administration website .