You become eligible for Medicare based on age when you turn 65. You can also qualify if you’re younger and have certain disabilities. To get covered as early as possible, sign up for Medicare as soon as you become eligible. Doing so will also help you avoid late enrollment penalties. Here’s what you should know…

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