Advertisement

Can I get Medicare before age 65?

Usually you must wait until you reach 65 to get Medicare. But there are some exceptions. You can become eligible for Medicare at any age before 65 under the following circumstances:
You have a severe illness, injury or disability that prevents you from earning more than a certain amount of money each month and you’ve received Social Security disability benefits for a total of at least 24 months — which don’t have to be consecutive.You have Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS). You qualify for Medicare the month you become entitled to Social Security disability benefits. In other words, you don’t have to wait until you’ve been receiving them for 24 months.You have permanent kidney failure (usually called end-stage renal disease, or ESRD, and defined as requiring a kidney transplant or regular dialysis) and you or your spouse has paid Social Security payroll taxes for a certain length of time. This period varies according to your age. 

Continue Learning about Medicare

How Medicare Part D Has Changed in 10 Years
How Medicare Part D Has Changed in 10 Years
Retirees gained the option to purchase prescription drug coverage through Medicare Part D in 2006. Since then, 24 million people have enrolled in pres...
Read More
How can Medicare fraud be prevented?
Dr. Michael Roizen, MDDr. Michael Roizen, MD
The best way to prevent Medicare fraud is by protecting your Medicare card number. Just like wit...
More Answers
Who do I call for Medicare billing questions?
Dr. Michael Roizen, MDDr. Michael Roizen, MD
You can call the Medicare helpline for questions about billing. The number is 1-800-633-4227. Good l...
More Answers
What Type of Policy Changes Is AARP Advocating?
What Type of Policy Changes Is AARP Advocating?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.