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Do I automatically receive Medicare benefits if I am eligible for disability benefits?

En español | You will receive Medicare benefits after you receive disability benefits for 24 months. When you become eligible for disability benefits, Social Security will automatically enroll you in Medicare.  

Special rules apply to:

End-stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure). People with permanent kidney failure get Medicare beginning:

  • The third month after the month a regular course of renal dialysis begins
  • The month of kidney transplantation
  • Lou Gehrig's Disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). People with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis get Medicare beginning with the month they become entitled to disability benefits.


Note: Residents of Puerto Rico or foreign countries will not receive Part B automatically. You must elect this benefit.

 

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