Social Security Medicare Program

Program Description

The Social Security Medicare Program is a federally funded program administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Medicare is our country’s health insurance program. The Social Security Administration (SSA) can provide you general information about the Medicare program.

General Program Requirements

To qualify for this benefit program you must meet the following requirements:

  • Are age 65 or older,
  • Receive Social Security Disability benefits, or
  • Have certain disabilities or permanent kidney failure (even if under age 65)

Based on the information you gave you may be eligible to receive Medicare coverage because you have been receiving disability benefits for 24 months or more.

Please Note: If your disability is based on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, you do not need to wait 24 months for Medicare coverage to begin.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

Visit the Medicare Benefits page or the “How To Apply Online For Just Medicare” page.

Program Contact Information

For more information about Medicare, visit the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Medicare page.

Visit SSA's Publications home page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies.

Or for additional information on this and any SSA benefit, call:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)