Medicare And Pre-existing Health Problems

Q: Will existing health problems prevent me from getting Medicare coverage?

A: Existing health problems will not prevent your enrollment in Medicare.

Many people think of Medicare as beginning only at age 65 but that is not the full story. People younger than age 65 and receiving Social Security benefits based on their own disability become eligible for Medicare after two years. For some specific illnesses, including permanent kidney failure, someone younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare even if not receiving Social Security. These people all have existing health problems.

Learn more in the Medicare area of the Social Security website at www.socialsecurity.gov/medicare/.

Read the publication Medicare at https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10043.pdf.

The Medicare website, http://www.medicare.gov, has in-depth coverage details.

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