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Medicare Eligible - End Stage Renal Disease

Medicare can help pay for kidney dialysis and kidney transplant services. 

You are eligible for Medicare Part A no matter how old you are if your kidneys no longer work, you need regular dialysis or have had a kidney transplant and meet one of the following requirements:

  • You have worked the required amount of time under Social Security, the Railroad Retirement Board or as a government employee.
  • You are receiving or are eligible for Social Security or Railroad Retirement cash benefits.
  • You are the spouse or dependent child of a person who has worked the required amount of time or who is receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement cash benefits.

Eligibility for Medicare Part A makes you eligible for Part B also.  If you are eligible for Medicare because of end stage renal disease (ESRD), you can enroll in Part A and Part B by contacting your local Social Security office or by calling Social Security.  Your doctor or dialysis center will need to provide documentation regarding your ESRD diagnosis and type of treatment.

For more information see the Medicare publication Medicare Coverage of Kidney Dialysis & Kidney Transplant Service.