Who Can Get Medicare?
Most U.S. citizens earn the right to enroll in Medicare by working and paying their taxes for a minimum required period. Even if you didn't work long enough to be entitled to Medicare benefits, you may still be eligible to enroll, but you might have to pay more. Medicare beneficiaries include:
- People age 65 or older
- People under age 65 with certain disabilities, and
- People of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant).