To be eligible for Medicare coverage, you must be:
- A U.S. Citizen and legal resident for at least 5 years in a row
- Age 65 or older, or
- Under 65 with a qualifying disability, or
- Have End Stage Renal Disease.
If you are eligible for Medicare, CMS is very specific about when you are permitted to enroll. See the chart below for Enrollment Periods.
|Period||How long does it last?||When is it?||How often is it?|
|Initial Enrollment Period (IEP)||7 months||3 months prior to when you are first eligible||One time only|
|Annual Election Period (AEP)||7 weeks||October 15 – December 7||Annually|