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Medicare is the U.S. government's health insurance program for citizens ages 65 and older. People of any age with certain disabilities also may qualify for Medicare.
To qualify for Medicare, you must be:
Unless you recently turned 65, you typically have to wait until the start of the standard enrollment period on October 15 to enroll in a private Medicare insurance plan. Check out our enrollment timeline to find out when you can sign up for Medicare.
Certain exceptions may allow you to participate in a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) and sign up for a plan at different times during the year. You may be eligible for a SEP if you: