Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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The Social Security Medicare 24 Month Waiting Period
If a person is approved for Social Security disability benefits they are not entitled to health coverage simultaneously. In fact, Social Security disability beneficiaries must wait 24 months from the month they are first eligible to receive a monthly disability benefit to receive Medicare coverage.
However, once the 24 month waiting period has been served they are entitled to receive Medicare part A, B, C, and D insurance coverage.
Will a person who has been approved for title II social security disability benefits necessarily have to wait 24 months to begin receiving medicare coverage? The answer to this question is no. The 24 month waiting period for medicare begins with the claimantís first month of entitlement to SSD benefits.
But very often, due to A) how long it can take for a disability claim to be approved (it can take 1-3 years due to disability appeals) and B) how far back a personís disability is considered to have begun (i.e. when the established onset date is determined to be), a person can quite easily be eligible to receive medicare coverage from the time that they are notified that they have been given a social security disability award notice.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria