The Basics of
Medicare Explained
Watch the video below to learn more about Medicare and Medicare-related insurance plans.
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Am I eligible for Medicare?

Take a look at the eligibility requirements for Medicare enrollment.

If you're turning 65hide

If you're turning 65, you have an opportunity to enroll in Medicare. You can enroll three months before the month you turn 65, the month of your birthday or three months after your birth month. Eligibility requirements include:

  • You or your spouse have worked for at least 10 years in Medicare-covered employment, and
  • You're a U.S. citizen or permanent resident for at least five years
  • Even if you're not collecting Social Security yet, you're eligible to join at age 65 or later

If you're over 65hide

If you are over age 65, eligibility requirements for Medicare include:

  • You or your spouse have worked for at least 10 years in Medicare-covered employment
  • You're a U.S. citizen or permanent resident for at least five years
  • Even if you're not collecting Social Security yet, you're eligible to join at age 65 or later

If you're under 65 with a disabilityhide

If you are eligible for Medicare due to disability, requirements include:

  • You're a U.S. citizen or permanent resident for at least five years, and
  • You have a disability or End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and you get disability benefits from Social Security or certain disability benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) for 24 months

Take a look at the next page to learn how Medicare Parts A and B could help you pay for specific health care needs.