Program Description

The Social Security Medicare Program is a federally funded program administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Medicare is our country’s health insurance program. The Social Security Administration (SSA) can provide you general information about the Medicare program.

General Program Requirements

To qualify for this benefit program you must meet the following requirements:

  • Are age 65 or older,
  • Receive Social Security Disability benefits, or
  • Have certain disabilities or permanent kidney failure (even if under age 65)

If you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of the benefits SSA administers, take the U.S. Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool.

Once you have completed the eligibility screening questionnaire, you will be provided with a list of benefits for which you may be eligible. Print this page for your records before going to the application site.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Once you know which benefits you may be eligible for, go to the Medicare Benefits page to apply online.

Program Contact Information

For more information about Medicare, visit the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ Medicare page.

Visit SSA’s Publications home page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies.

Or for additional information on this and any SSA benefit, call:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)