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  I am 65 and my wife, 62, receives wife's benefits. When does she get Medicare?
  I am 65 and my wife is 62 and receiving spouse's benefits. When does she qualify for Medicare benefits?

Most people must wait until age 65 to qualify for Medicare benefits. Some people can get Medicare at any age. This includes people who:

  • Have been getting Social Security disability benefits for 24 months;
  • Have kidney failure and require dialysis;
  • Have had a kidney transplant; or
  • Receive disability benefits because they suffer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease).

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