United States residents are eligible to receive Medicare when they reach the age of 65 and qualify to collect social security or railroad retirement benefits, advises Medicare Interactive. They must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have been living in the country for at least five years.Continue Reading
Individuals are automatically enrolled in Medicare when they become eligible if they are already receiving social security income, states WebMD. If they are not yet receiving that income, they must submit an application to receive Medicare benefits.
Individuals with certain medical conditions are eligible for Medicare even if they are not yet 65. Disabled citizens and permanent residents living in the country for at least five years are eligible to receive Medicare if they have been receiving Social Security Disability for at least 24 months, states Medicare Interactive. These qualified individuals are automatically enrolled and do not need to complete an application.
Individuals eligible to receive social security, social security disability or railroad retirement benefits who have been diagnosed with end-stage renal disease are eligible to submit a Medicare application, according to Medicare Interactive. These individuals must also have received a kidney transplant or be receiving dialysis. Finally, individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, are automatically enrolled in Medicare when they receive their first social security disability or railroad disability annuity check.Learn more about Insurance