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Medicare is not offered as a family or dependent benefit. To get Medicare, each person must qualify on an individual basis in most situations and be either a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident of at least five continuous years.

For example, a person under age 65 does not automatically receive Medicare because his or her spouse is 65 or older and enrolled in the Medicare program. Also, when one or two parents qualify for Medicare, this does not mean their dependent children are covered by Medicare. For additional information on Medicare eligibility requirements, please view this article on Medicare eligibility.

However, if you’re the spouse or dependent child of someone who qualifies for Medicare because of end-stage renal disease (ESRD), you may be eligible for Medicare benefits.

If you or someone you know needs health insurance but does not qualify for Medicare, contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program to discuss your options.

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