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At what age can you begin Medicare?

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At what age can you begin Medicare?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  TaxRobin replied 1 year ago.
HelloPeople age 65 or older, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, are eligible for Medicare hospital insurance.You’re eligible for “Part A” at no cost at age 65 if:• You receive or are eligible to receive Social Security benefits; or• You receive or are eligible to receive railroad retirement benefits; orYour spouse (living or deceased, including divorced spouses) receives or is eligible to receive Social Security or railroad retirement benefits; or• You or your spouse worked long enough in a government job through which you paid Medicare taxes; or• You are the dependent parent of a fully insured deceased child.You should sign up for Medicare three months before your 65th birthday. Before age 65, you are eligible for Medicare hospital insurance at no cost if• You’ve been entitled to Social Security disability benefits for 24 months; or • You receive a disability pension from the railroad retirement board and meet certain conditions; or• You receive Social Security disability benefits because you have Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis); or• You worked long enough in a government job through which you paid Medicare taxes, and you’ve been entitled to Social Security disability benefits for 24 months; or• You’re the child or widow(er) age 50 or older, including a divorced widow(er), of someone who’s worked long enough in a government job through which Medicare taxes were paid, and you meet the requirements of the Social Security disability program; or• You have permanent kidney failure and you receive maintenance dialysis or a kidney transplant and—You’re eligible for or receive monthly benefits under Social Security or the railroad retirement system; or —You’ve worked long enough in a Medicare-covered government job; or—You’re the child or spouse (including a divorced spouse) of a worker (living or deceased) who has worked long enough under Social Security or in a Medicare-covered government job.Your general time to sign up based on your year of birth would be 2016.