Who Qualifies For Medicare ?
American citizens and permanent residents aged 65 years or older will qualify for Medicare if they satisfy the eligibility criteria.
The following criteria need to be fulfilled in order to qualify for Medicare:
- They are eligible to receive or are already receiving Social Security benefits.
- They are eligible to receive or are already receiving railroad retirement benefits.
- Either their spouse (living, deceased or otherwise) or they themselves have paid Medicare taxes for at least 10 years.
- They are a dependent parent of a person who paid Medicare taxes for at least 10 years.
People under the age of 65 years can also qualify for free Medicare hospital insurance if they satisfy any of the following requirements:
- They are disabled and are receiving Social Security disability benefits for at least 24 months.
- They are disabled and are receiving a disability pension under the railroad retirement board for at least 24 months
- They are suffering by Lou Gehrig's disease.
- They are suffering from ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) and are on dialysis or they are in need of kidney transplant.
- They were employed in a government job where they paid Medicare taxes and/or they have met the conditions of the Social Security disability program.
- They are either the child or the widow(er) and aged 50 or older of a person who has been employed in a government job where Medicare taxes were paid and/or the person had met the conditions of the Social Security disability program.
- They have been employed for a certain period of time in a government job that is covered by Medicare.
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