Children with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) can qualify for ESRD Medicare if one of their parents worked and paid Medicare taxes for a sufficient period of time. This means that a parent has earned at least six credits within the last three years by working and paying Social Security taxes, or that a parent is eligible for or receives Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits. 

Someone is considered a child if they are,

  • Unmarried and age 21 and younger
  •  Age 22 to 25 (and receive some support from your parents)
  • An adult dependent child (a child determined disabled before age 22)

Coverage of ESRD treatment for children works the same as it does for adults.