Medicare in California - California protects access to Medigap plans for people under 65, but not if they have end-stage renal disease

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Nationwide, 60 million people are covered by Medicare — and more than 10 percent of them are in California. As of mid-2019, 6,256,554 California residents had Medicare coverage. But that’s less than 16 percent of the state’s nearly 40 million people, versus more than 18 percent of the United States population that is enrolled in Medicare.

Most Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for coverage because they’re at least 65 years old. But Medicare eligibility is also triggered when a person has been receiving disability benefits for 24 months. Nationwide, 16 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries are eligible due to disability. It’s a little lower in California, with just 12 percent of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled due to a disability.