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Can I get Medicare?

Produced by Greater Boston Legal Services, Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, Community Legal Aid, and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed November 2013
  1. You must be either a US citizen or a legal permanent resident to get Medicare.
  2. You may be able to get Medicare if:
    • you are 65 or older;
    • you have been getting Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) for at least two years; or,
    • you need a kidney replacement or dialysis and you get SSDI. 


You do not have to have a low income to get Medicare.

Find Legal Aid

You may be able to get free legal help from your local legal aid program. Or email a question about your own legal problem to a lawyer.

Phone or Email

Health Care For All’s Helpline is free and available to everyone statewide.

Medicare Advocacy Project

Call the Medicare Advocacy Project to apply for free legal help:

Greater Boston Legal Services: 617-603-1700
Serving Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk counties

Community Legal Aid: 855-252-5342
Serving Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties

South Coastal Counties Legal Services: 800-244-8393
Serving Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, and Plymouth counties

Flyer: 2023 Original Medicare Costs

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