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 ó how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Medicare and Social Security Disability - Basic Facts
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
If you are awarded disability with the Social Security Administration, do you have insurance coverage? Most likely you will not initially be entitled to any type of medical insurance through Social Security. Medicare has a twenty- four month qualifying period, consequently a disabled individual will not be entitled to Medical insurance through the Medicare Insurance program until the twenty-four month qualifying period has elapsed.
However, Medicare is not the only insurance program linked to Social Security disability. Social Security administers two disability programs, and one of those programs, SSI, is a need-based program. If an individual is qualified for SSI disability, they are automatically entitled to Medicaid. Medicaid is a need based program as well, consequently there is no two year wait for entitlement, although you do have to meet the income and resource limits.
Additionally, many-disabled individuals who receive their disability approval at the administrative law judge hearing have already served their twenty-four month qualifying period for Medicare entitlement prior to the date of their hearing.
What does this mean to the disabled individual? It means that when they begin to receive their Social Security disability benefit, they will already be covered by Medicare insurance.
Medicare Coverage through the Social Security Disability Program
Do I automatically receive Medicare benefits if I'm approved for disability benefits?
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Individual Questions and Answers
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