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How do you qualify for Medicare?

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In order to qualify for Medicare you must be 65 years old or else currently suffering from a qualifying disability. You must also be a US citizen or permanent resident and currently eligible to receive Social Security benefits. Those are the basics. For more information and to find out if you are personally eligible, visit the federal government's Medicare website and use their Eligibility Tool.

If you qualify for Medicare Part A (hospital insurance), you will also qualify for Medicare Part B (insurance for doctor's visits and medical supplies). Medicare Part A is free but you'll have to pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part B - or for Medicare Part D, which is prescription drug coverage. Please note that Medicare will not cover all your medical expenses. You may also want to look into what's known as Medicare supplemental insurance to help fill in these gaps.

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