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Does a spouse, age 62, receive Medicare when his/her aged 65 husband/wife does?

Does a spouse, age 62, receive Medicare benefits when his/her aged 65 husband/wife does?

Generally not. The minimum age for Medicare eligibility is 65. But, if you've been getting Social Security disability benefits for 24 months you can receive Medicare at any age. You can purchase coverage from a private insurance company for your spouse until he/she turns age 65 and becomes eligible for Medicare. You may wish to contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program to discuss your options. You can get their phone numberin the Helpful Contacts section of Medicare's web site.

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Eligibility and Enrollment