Am I eligible for Medicare?

Published 04/07/2008 07:44 AM   |    Updated 04/07/2008 07:44 AM

Am I eligible for Medicare?

To receive Medicare, you must be eligible for Social Security benefits. 

Part A Eligibility
Most people age 65 or older are eligible for Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) based on their own employment, or their spouse's employment.  Most people have enough Social Security credits to get Part A for free.  Others must purchase it. 

You are eligible for Medicare Part A if you meet one of the following criteria: 

  • You are eligible for Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits, even if you do not receive those benefits.
  • You are entitled to Social Security benefits based on a spouse's, or divorced spouse's work record, and that spouse is at least 62 years old.
  • You have worked long enough in a federal, state, or local government job to be eligible for Medicare.

If you are under 65, you are eligible for Medicare Part A if you meet one of the following criteria: 

  • You have received Social Security disability benefits for 24 months.
  • You have received Social Security benefits as a disabled widow(er), divorced disabled widow(er), or a disabled child for 24 months.
  • You have worked long enough in a federal, state, or local government job and meet the requirements of the Social Security disability program.
  • You have permanent kidney failure that requires maintenance dialysis or a kidney transplant.
  • You are diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

 

Part B Eligibility 
If you are eligible for Part A, you can enroll in Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) which has a monthly premium
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