Children with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) can qualify for ESRD Medicare if one of their parents has worked and paid taxes for a sufficient period of time. Your child is eligible for ESRD Medicare if you or your spouse:
- Have earned at least six credits of work history within the last three years by working and paying federal payroll taxes
- Or, are eligible for or receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits
Additionally, your child must either need regular dialysis because their kidneys no longer work or have had a kidney transplant. Someone is considered a child if they are:
- Unmarried and age 21 or younger
- Age 22 to 25 (and receive some support from their parents)
- Or, an adult dependent child (a child determined disabled before age 22)
Coverage of ESRD treatment for children works the same as it does for adults. For more information or to enroll your child in ESRD Medicare, contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 800-772-1213.
Return to: Medicare In-depth
This content was created and copyrighted by the Medicare Rights Center ©2021. Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities. These materials are presented here with support from YourMedicare.com and may not be distributed, modified or edited without Medicare Rights’ consent.
YourMedicare.com takes pride in providing you as much information as possible concerning your Medicare options, but only a health insurance broker licensed to sell Medicare can help you compare your plan options from various insurance companies. When you’re ready, we recommend you discuss your needs with a YourMedicare.com Licensed Sales Agent.