When can I start receiving Medicare benefits?

  • The first day of the month you turn 65, so long as you apply three months before turning 65
  • If you're under 65 and you have a disability, after you get disability benefits from Social Security for 24 months
  • If you have ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • If you have End-Stage Renal Disease



"Medicare & You" – The Official U.S. Government Medicare Handbook

Still have questions?

If you live or have a case in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas or Sarasota counties, we may be able to help.

How do I apply? Am I eligible?

Call (800) 625-2257

to apply for service.

Or complete our online application

and we will call you back.