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Medicare at Age 62

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The standard age for Medicare eligibility is 65, not 62. You may be able to enroll earlier if you’re disabled or have certain medical conditions (more on this later).

Initially, the age for Medicare was set to 65 in 1965. Before that, Medicare only covered people over the age of 65 who were receiving Social Security benefits. The age limit lowered to 55 in 1972 and then to 50 in 1974. The current age limit of 65 has been in place since 1983.

There are several important benefits that come with Medicare coverage. Perhaps most importantly, Medicare provides health insurance for seniors and other eligible individuals. This can help cover the costs of things like doctor visits, hospital stays, and prescription medications.

Medicare also offers some important protections, such as the guarantee of access to care even if you have a pre-existing condition. Additionally, Medicare provides financial assistance for low-income beneficiaries and those with certain disabilities.

Can you get Medicare at age 62?

Under most circumstances, you can’t receive Medicare at age 62. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. The most common way to become eligible for Medicare before 65 is by disability. People with certain disabilities can enroll in Medicare if you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or receive benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) because of your disability.

You can also receive Medicare before you turn 65 of if you have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). If you have ESRD, you can enroll in Medicare at any time regardless of your age. You will need to provide proof of your diagnosis when you apply.

Once enrolled in Medicare, you will have access to the same benefits as those who are 65 and over. This includes hospital insurance (Part A) and medical insurance (Part B). You may also be eligible for prescription drug coverage (Part D).

Can you get Medicare if you retire at 62?

No, you can’t get Medicare at age 62 just because you retire early. However, you can begin receiving social security income at age 62. Remember, in general, you must be 65 or older to qualify for Medicare. If you plan on retiring at 62, you will need to make other arrangements for your health insurance coverage.

One option is to continue working until you are eligible for Medicare. Another option is to purchase a private health insurance policy. There are many different types of health insurance policies available, so be sure to do your research to find one that best suits your needs.

What healthcare can you get at 62?

If you are 62 years old, you may be eligible for different types of healthcare coverage, depending on your circumstances. If you have health insurance through your employer, you may be able to continue that coverage through the federal COBRA program.

Otherwise, you may be able to purchase a health insurance policy through the Health Insurance Marketplace. There are also short-term medical plans that are very affordable and are intended for this small age gap from 62-65.

If you are a Veteran, you may be eligible for healthcare coverage through the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you are low-income, you may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid.

No matter what your healthcare coverage situation is, there are many resources available to help you understand your options and make the best choices for your unique needs.

What age do you qualify for Medicare?

You qualify for Medicare at age 65. If you’re under 65, you may qualify for Medicare if you have a disability or certain conditions, such as end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

You can sign up during your Initial Enrollment Period, which starts 3 months before you turn 65, and ends 3 months after the month you turn 65.

Who is not eligible for Medicare?

Individuals who are not eligible for Medicare include those who are not yet 65 years of age, those who have not worked and paid into the Social Security system for at least 10 years, and those who do not have a qualifying disability.

Do I automatically get Medicare when I turn 65?

Some people do get Medicare automatically, but not everyone. In some cases, you must apply for it. You can apply for Medicare online, in person, or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

If you’re already getting benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board, you’ll get your Medicare card in the mail about 3 months before your 65th birthday. If you’re not getting benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board, you need to sign up for Medicare yourself.

You can get Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) at the same time. If you wait to enroll in Part B, you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty.

The rule of thumb is to be sure you sign up for Part A and Part B 3 months before your 65th birthday, even if you’re not ready to retire. If you continue to work after age 65 and have creditable insurance through your employer, you may want to consider delaying or cancelling Part B so you are not spending money for benefits that wouldn’t be fully utilized.

What happens if you don’t enroll in Medicare Part A at 65?

If you don’t enroll in Medicare Part A when you turn 65, you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty. You may also have to wait longer for your Medicare coverage to start. It’s best to enroll in Medicare Part A as soon as you’re eligible. That way you don’t waste any money on late enrollment penalties or have any gaps in your coverage.

How much do retired people pay for Medicare?

The average retired person pays $1,200 per year for Medicare. However, this amount can vary depending on factors such as your income and the level of coverage you choose. It’s always best to speak with a licensed Medicare agent prior to signing up for Medicare to get an accurate estimate of your costs.

Is the age for Medicare being lowered?

President Biden promised to lower the age for Medicare during his presidential campaign. It’s called The Improving Medicare Coverage Act, which is a proposed bill that would make some changes to the Medicare program. In fact, it was also apart of the inflation reduction act, but was ultimately not in the final approval.

One of the main goals of the bill is to lower the age of eligibility for Medicare coverage from 65 to 60. This would provide coverage for more people who are at risk for certain health conditions.

The bill would also make other changes, such as increasing funding for Medicare and expanding coverage for some services. However, the federal government faces a number of challenges in implementing this bill.

For one, the government would need to find a way to pay for the increased costs associated with expanding Medicare coverage. In addition, there is opposition to the bill from some members of Congress who don’t want to see the Medicare program expanded.

It’s doubtful the age for Medicare will be lowered, at least anytime soon.

Can I enroll in Medicare earlier if I am a widow or widower?

No. You still need to be age 65. You can only enroll in Medicare 3 months before your 65th birthday, the month of your birthday, or 3 months after your birthday. If you are a widow or widower, you may be able to get Medicare benefits based on your spouse’s work record once you turn 65. You can apply for these benefits even if you have never worked under Medicare.


Medicare is a great resource for those 65 and over, as well as for those individuals with certain disabilities. If you are eligible, be sure to sign up as soon as you can to take advantage of the benefits. To be clear, the general rule of thumb is that you cannot get Medicare at age 62, unless there are special circumstances.

If you are not eligible for Medicare, or if you are eligible but do not want to enroll, you may want to consider purchasing a private health insurance plan. When comparing plans, be sure to consider both the benefits and the costs of each option.

It’s important to note that even if you have a private health insurance plan, you may still be required to pay some out-of-pocket costs for your medical care, such as deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments.

For more information about Medicare plans or to discuss any other questions you might have, please call 866-633-4427 to speak with a Senior HealthCare Solutions licensed agent today.

Meet Melissa MacCalla

Medicare is not simple and can be hard, frustrating, and downright confusing for most. I love when I get someone on the phone and I am given the opportunity to explain the difference in plans to them and have Medicare make sense. I enjoy talking to clients year after year, hearing about their families growing or them asking about mine.


Oh my gosh!! I was so confused about the Medicare Supplement process. I am turning 65 soon and am retired and have always had insurance thru my former employer. I didn’t know a thing about going on Medicare and was struggling to sort it all out.

A friend of mine recommended contacting Senior HealthCare Solutions, so I did. Melissa was FANTASTIC!! She was professional, responsive, caring and friendly. She explained the steps I needed to take, gathered my information, helped me choose good plans for MY specific needs and took care of my applications over the phone. 1-2-3, eesy-peesy and I was done!! And it didn’t cost me a DIME!!! WOW!!! I HIGHLY recommend Senior Healthcare Solutions for anyone who’s overwhelmed with making the right choices with Medicare Supplemental Insurance and Rx coverage. It’ll take a load off your mind!

Janice W.

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