Who qualifies for Medicare Parts A and B?
Medicare coverage is available to American citizens and permanent legal residents who have been in the United States for at least five continuous years. One typically becomes eligible for Medicare (including Parts A and B, also known as Original Medicare) at age 65, provided that or your spouse have worked long enough to be eligible for Social Security or similar benefits or have worked for the government and paid Medicare taxes. You may qualify for Medicaid at a younger age if you are permanently disabled and have received disability benefits for at least 2 years or if you have ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) or ESRD (end-stage renal disease, or permanent kidney failure). You may check your eligibility for Medicare online any time through the program’s website: www.medicare.gov or by inquiring at your local Social Security office.
How do I apply for Medicare Part A?