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Benefit eligibility age varies for Social Security, but not Medicare

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Q: Does the age for starting Medicare change with Social Security full retirement age?

A: No. The age to start Medicare remains 65 even though Social Security full retirement age (FRA) varies with year of birth.


Most people enroll in Medicare at age 65 even if retiring when older.

Certain people younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare, including those with disabilities and those with permanent kidney failure.

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