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Signing Up for Medicare - Part 2

Most Americans qualify for Medicare by turning 65 but there are other ways to qualify such as being disabled, having End Stage Renal disease (ESRD) or ALS. Today we are going to look at how you would sign up if you are disabled.

If you are under the age of 65 and disabled, you will automatically be enrolled in Part A and Part B after you have received Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) benefits for at least 24 months. If you are disabled, covered by your or your spouse’s group health plan and wish to stay on that plan, my suggestion is to contact the plan and confirm that you can remain on the plan even though you have Medicare. This may allow you to delay your Part B until a later date. You are eligible for Medicare if you have End Stage Renal Disease and you’ve worked the required amount of time under Social Security, RRB or as a government employee OR you’re already getting or are eligible for Social Security or RRB benefits OR you’re the spouse or dependent child of one of the previous requirements. You should contact Social Security or the RRB for the amount of time worked to be eligible for Medicare. If you’re under 65 and have ALS your Medicare benefits should begin the first month you start receiving your Social Security or RRB benefits. Again contact Social Security or RRB for a list of the benefits. Whether it’s SSI or RRB disability, ESRD or ALS, I would encourage you to NEVER voluntarily leave your current health plan until you have covered all your bases with your current plan and Medicare. In most cases once you leave you cannot go back!! If you are faced with any of these 3 situations and need additional assistance feel free to contact our office.

If you have questions regarding any aspect of Medicare or Medicare health plans feel free call us at Alabama Health Guidance (256-648-5710), stop by our office at 885 Florence Blvd (Four Lane Shopping Center) or email me at

Alabama Health Guidance is an independent insurance agency and is not affiliated with Medicare or any other government agency.

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