How do I know if I’m eligible for Medicare?

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  • A , Internal Medicine, answered

    You are eligible for Medicare if you are a U.S. citizen, 65 or over who had paid into Medicare for at least 10 years through your job or through self-employment “taxes.” If you didn’t pay Medicare taxes but are over 65, you may be able to buy a Medicare plan. If you are not yet 65, you are eligible for Medicare if you have kidney failure that requires dialysis or a transplant, or you have a permanent disability (by Medicare criteria).

    For more information on eligibility for Medicare, visit or call the Social Security office.

  • Medicare is a federal health insurance program for U.S. citizens and legal residents. Legal residents must have been living in the U.S. for at least five years in a row. In addition, you must be age 65 or older, under 65 and qualify on the basis of disability or other special situation, or any age and have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). 
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