End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
End-Stage Renal Disease is permanent kidney failure that typically requires a regular course of dialysis and/or a kidney transplant. You will usually get your health coverage through Original Medicare if you have ESRD. You may be able to join a Medicare Advantage Plan if you meet certain circumstances. If you have ESRD you may also be eligible for Medicare even if you are under the age of 65.
Despite being only 54, Bill applied to receive Medicare benefits soon after he was diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Disease.