Am I eligible for Medicare if I am under 65?
Section I.b. Medicare Eligibility
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There are three ways you can get Medicare coverage if you are under 65 years of age.
1. You are eligible for Medicare if you are a U.S. citizen or have your resident visa, have lived in the U.S. for five years in a row; and
You have a disability and have been receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for more than 24 months. Your eligibility begins during the month you receive your 25th SSDI check. You do not need to contact anyone. Social Security should automatically mail you your Medicare card three months before you become eligible.
2. You have been diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and you
When your Medicare benefits begin depends on the circumstance. Please click here to find out exactly when your Medicare will begin if you are under 65 and have ESRD.
3. You have been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. You will automatically be enrolled in Medicare the first month you receive SSDI or, if you are a railroad worker, the first month you receive a railroad disability annuity check.
Note: Because Social Security and Medicare eligibility rules are complex, you should call Social Security at 800-772-1213 to get the most accurate information regarding your particular situation.