Are there any exclusions to Medicare eligibility?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

There are two major exclusions to Medicare eligibility: 1) if you are under 64 years 9 months of age and do not have kidney disease or a major disability, and 2) if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. If you don’t fall into either of those categories, then you are eligible for Medicare.


For more information about eligibility, contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or online at


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