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
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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
If you are applying for Social Security disability when does Medicare start ?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Individuals who file for social security disability benefits and are approved will be eligible at some point to receive medicare benefits (individuals who are approved for SSI disability do not receive medicare, but, instead, receive medicaid).
Medicare based upon Social Security disability will begin two years after the first date that you are entitled to receive a Social Security disability benefit.
What does this mean? Well basically, unless you have insurance currently, this means that you may be in the position of not having insurance coverage for two years. So, if you do have health insurance do not terminate it when you first learn that you have been approved for Social Security disability (at least not until you find out when your medicare coverage will begin).
However, in most cases, individuals who have been approved for social security disability do not actually have to wait two years to receive medicare. This is because their date of entitlement will be far enough back (due to when their disability is decided to have begun and also due to how long their disability case took to be finally be approved) to eliminate much of the two year wait for medicare.
In some cases, the entire two year wait will have been eliminated.
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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
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