Social Security Medicare Program
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 StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
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)