Who Qualifies for Social Security Medicare?


Quick Answer

Individuals over the age of 65 qualify for Medicare as do certain individuals under 65 who are disabled or have permanent kidney failure. Those who wish to apply for this program may do so at the official website, calling 1-800-772-1213 or by visiting a local Social Security office.

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The Social Security Medicare program helps individuals pay for health care costs, but it doesn't cover all medical expenses or the costs of long-term care. This program can be used in conjunction with other insurance coverage, with Medicare serving as the secondary payer when medical costs are billed. Adding the Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) or the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) provides individuals with extra help for covering the cost of prescription drugs.

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