All US citizens become eligible for Medicare when they turn 65. Non-citizen permanent residents are eligible at 65 also, provided they have lived in the country for at least five years.
If you are under 65, you might qualify for Medicare if:
⚪You are permanently disabled and have received Social Security Disability benefits for at least 24 months
⚪You have been diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (kidney failure)
⚪You have been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and are receiving Social Security Disability benefits
As with most large, complex government programs, Medicare can seem a bit overwhelming at first. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you navigate the application procedure, annual enrollment, and more.