Do You Qualify for Medicare?

To be eligible for Medicare in Ohio, you must be 65 years or older and either a US citizen or a legal permanent resident of at least 5 years. You’re also entitled to Medicare benefits if you have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). If you have ALS, you are automatically enrolled in Medicare the same month that your Social Security benefits start.  You also qualify for Medicare if you have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD, kidney failure). However, you will need to sign up for Medicare benefits; it won’t happen automatically as with ALS. For more information, visit the social security website.