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Am I Eligible for Medicare? 

When it comes to accessing healthcare coverage, understanding the eligibility requirements is crucial. In this article, we will delve into the qualifications for enrolling in Medicare, ensuring you have a clear understanding of who is eligible to receive this valuable coverage.

Age-Based Eligibility:
If you are 65 years old and you or your spouse have worked for 10 years in your lifetime, you are fully eligible to enroll in Medicare. Even if you haven't worked for 10 years, you may be partially eligible for Medicare benefits. Individuals who have been receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits for at least 24 months automatically qualify for Medicare.

Exceptions for Disabilities and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD):
While age is the most common qualifier, Medicare extends coverage to individuals under the age of 65 in certain circumstances. Those who have certain disabilities, such as permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant (ESRD), may be eligible for Medicare. The program also caters to individuals with ALS regardless of age.

Citizenship and Residency Requirements:
To be eligible for Medicare, individuals must either be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents who have resided continuously in the country for at least five years. This requirement ensures that Medicare benefits are available to those who have made a long-term commitment to the United States.


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