Medicare for People With Disabilities

WebMD Medical Reference

If you are under age 65, you are eligible for Medicare if:

You are entitled to all the benefits of Medicare plans. In some states, you may also buy a Medigap plan. To find out if you can buy Medigap in your state, contact your State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program.

Waiting Periods

There may be a waiting period before you qualify for Medicare:

Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) No waiting period.
Kidney failure Three months after you start dialysis.
All other disabilities 24 months after you qualify for Social Security disability payments.

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