What Is the Age of Eligibility for Medicare?


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Most people are eligible for Medicare benefits at age 65, although some younger individuals also are eligible, according to AARP. People who receive Social Security benefits for at least 24 months are eligible for Medicare regardless of age, as are patients with Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Medicare automatically enrolls people who already receive Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits when they turn 65, Medicare.gov notes. Individuals who do not receive automatic enrollment must sign up during the registration period that begins three months before the month of their 65th birthday and ends three months after their birthday month. For example, a person who turns 65 in September can sign up from June 1 through December 31.

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