In This Chapter
Understanding the conditions for Medicare eligibility at 65
Becoming eligible for Medicare under age 65 through disability
Examining options for health care when you don’t yet qualify for Medicare
Qualifying for Medicare and being eligible for Medicare essentially mean the same thing: You’ve passed a legal hurdle that allows you to receive Medicare benefits. Don’t worry; you don’t have to take a test to qualify for Medicare. You don’t have to go before a judge or take part in some formal ceremony. But you do have to meet certain conditions required by law.
Very broadly, you must meet one of two conditions:
Within these two categories are several other conditions that may or may not affect you, depending on your specific circumstances. I explain them all in detail in this chapter. I also explain your options for health care if you don’t immediately qualify for Medicare at 65, are a few years short of 65, or are stuck in that two-year ...