You’re eligible for Medicare if you meet the following requirements:
- You must be a U.S. citizen or a qualified legal resident
- Both U.S. citizens and qualified legal residents have to be one of the following:
- Age 65 or older
- Younger than 65 with a qualifying disability
- Any age with a diagnosis of End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
To qualify as a legal resident, you must have lived in the United States for at least 5 years in a row before applying for Medicare.