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Can I get Medicare?

  1. You must be either a US citizen or a legal permanent resident to get Medicare.
  2. You may be able to get Medicare if:
    • you are 65 or older;
    • you have been getting Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) for at least two years; or,
    • you need a kidney replacement or dialysis and you get SSDI. 


You do not have to have a low income to get Medicare.

Produced by Greater Boston Legal Services, Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, Community Legal Aid, and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Last Updated November 2013

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