A: Federal law requires that Medicare’s interest be considered in every settlement. Exactly what Medicare’s interest is depends on how close you are to being entitled to Medicare. For example, if you have filed for Social Security Disability and it is approved, then you will be entitled to Medicare in at least 24 months. Also, everyone is Medicare eligible at 65, even if they choose not to take it. If you are close to being entitled to Medicare for whatever reason, then you need to be very careful that you take Medicare’s interest into account when settling your workers’ compensation case.