Who Can Get Medicare

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Medicare is available to United States citizens and to legal residents who have lived in the United States for at least 5 years in a row. 

Medicare is individual insurance. It doesn't cover spouses or dependents. You may become eligible to receive Medicare benefits based on any one of the following.

Age
You’re 65 years old. You must be 65—your spouse’s age doesn’t count.
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Disability
You’re under 65 and have a qualifying disability. Medicare eligibility begins after 24 months of receiving Social Security disability benefits.
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Medical Condition
You are any age and have end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). There are special Medicare eligibility rules for people with these conditions.
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You're eligible for Medicare. Now what?

You probably want to know how and when to sign up. It depends on your particular circumstances.

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Don't miss your enrollment date!

You could face premium penalties if you enroll late.

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