Medicare is our country’s national health insurance program that provides those 65 and older with affordable health care. Depending on your unique circumstances, you may or may not be eligible to receive Medicare benefits before turning 65 years old. Gathered are the qualifying terms for the various scenarios that make you eligible to receive Medicare benefits:
Qualifying Terms for Those 65 and Over Include:
- If you already receive Social Security benefits, you will be automatically enrolled in Medicare.
- If you do not already receive Social Security benefits, you may still be eligible, however, you must enroll for Medicare.
- Government employees or retirees who have paid Medicare taxes during their employment are eligible for Medicare.
- You may be able to qualify under your spouse’s employment record if you are 65 or older and your spouse is younger than 65.
Special Qualifying Terms for Those under 65:
- If you have been receiving Social Security benefits for two years
- If you have been receiving disability benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board
- If you have Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- If you have paid Social Security taxes for a specific period of time
- If you suffer from kidney failure
For more information regarding Medicare eligibility, contact Senior Choices NW today! We can answer any remaining questions you may have and determine if your special circumstances make you eligible to receive Medicare.