What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
When you Apply for Social Security do you get Medicare?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
After you apply for disability benefits with the social security administration, and assuming that you meet the non-medical requirements as well as the disability criteria for receiving benefits, you "may" receive medicare. Why do we say the word "may"? Because receiving medicare depends on whether or not you qualify for social security disability benefits, or SSI disability benefits.
SSI is a program that provides disability (and retirement) benefits to individuals who are not insured for title II. SSI does not come with medicare coverage but, instead, comes with access to medicaid, a program that provides prescription medication and access to physician care.
(Note: title II--of the social security act--is the official designation for social security disability benefits which are available to individuals who have earned sufficient work credits during the course of their work activity to be considered insured and, thus, eligible, to receive social security disability.)
A person who qualifies for SSI disability only cannot receive medicare benefits. Conversely, a person who receives a social security disability award will receive medicare. However, this will be subject to a 2 year waiting period.
What do we mean by 2 year waiting period? The waiting period for medicare coverage does not mean that a person has to wait for two years after they have been notified of an approval for social security disability. Instead, the two year waiting period means that an individual will not receive medicare until they have become eligible to receive their first social security disability check.
Fortunately, because of A) the fact that most disability claims take 1-3 years to finish and B) the fact that the onset date for a person's disability benefits can often be far in the past because their medical evidence supports that onset date, it is often the case that a person who is granted social security disability benefits will have only a small amount of time to wait for their medicare coverage to kick in. In many cases, there is no wait at all.
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Topics and Questions
How long will it usually take to receive Social Security disability after you have been approved?
Why do I need an attorney for Social Security disability?
What Forms will I need to Complete when I apply for disability?
Using an Attorney for Social Security Disability
Applying for disability benefits in New Jersey
How do I file for Social Security disability ?
SSI for children?
Will The Condition You have Determine How Much You Get For Disability?
Disability Lawyers, Medical Records, and Social Security Hearings - Should you go to a Hearing alone?
If I Am Determined Disabled, How Far Back Will Social Security Pay Benefits?
Is there a time limit for how long you can collect Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What kind of cases win disability benefits ?
What types of information is Social Security Disability looking for?
How does Social Security Disability get Information about your past work?
How to Appeal a disability claim denial from Social Security
Who makes the Determination of a Social Security Disability Claim?
How long does it take to get Social Security benefits?
Social Security Disability Claim Denied and what to do about it
Total Disability - Will social security try to determine if a person is totally disabled?
Waiting for a Hearing to be Scheduled before an ALJ, Administrative Law Judge
If you are denied for disability are you able to win social security or SSI benefits on appeal?
How severe must your condition be to be awarded Social Security disability?
What is a Social Security Disability SSI Durational Denial?
What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
Will Coronary Artery Heart Disease qualify you for disability?
Does Social Security Disability Come With Medicaid Benefits?
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
If Social Security Turns Down My Case Can I apply For Disability A Second Time?
Getting Your Social Security Disability or SSI Claim Status
If You Are Currently Working Are You Eligible To Receive Social Security Disability?
What does a lawyer do to help on Social Security disability ?
How many disability appeals do you get ?
Social Security Disability Advice from the Wrong Sources
Receiving Benefits - Your Medical Condition and Social Security Disability or SSI
How to File for SSI
How does Social Security determine if I am disabled or not?
Is qualifying for SSI different than SSD (social security disability?
Filing for SSD Disability - When Should You put in a Claim?
Can you File for Disability for more than one Condition?
Social Security disability and assets
Social Security Disability Hearings - what to expect
Morbid Obesity and Filing for Disability
Social Security Disability Approval
The SSI Award Letter from Social Security
Morton's Neuroma and Filing for Disability
Applying for disability benefits in Minnesota
Who qualifies for disability benefits ?
What happens if my social security disability application is denied?
Hiring a Qualified Disability Lawyer in Mississippi
Social Security Disability SSI and Activities of Daily Living
Social Security On The Record Disability Decisions
Applying for disability benefits in Minnesota
SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
Special Section: Disability Lawyers and unnecessary claim denials