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If you get Social Security disability benefits do you get Medicare or Medicaid?




 
Both the Social security disability and SSI disability programs have some provision for medical coverage. But those provisions are very different from ach other. If you get approved for SSI disability, then you will receive medicaid benefits.

Medicaid may vary between individual states since medicaid benefits are state-supported (though the states receive money from the federal government to fund their medicaid programs). But medicaid will generally pay for a certain minimum number of prescriptions per month and doctor visits per year.

For example, in the state of North Carolina, medicaid for disabled adults will pay for up to six prescriptions per month and 24 doctor visits per year.

Individuals who approved for SSI disability will receive medicaid from the time they are approved for SSI. There is no waiting period. This is not the case for individuals who are approved for social security disability benefits.

Claimants who are approved for SSD, or social security disability benefits will receive medicare instead of medicaid. But they may not necessarily have medicare available from the moment they are approved for social security disability. This is because SSD has something known as the two year waiting period for medicare.

What does it mean when we say "two year waiting period for medicare". This means that a person's determined eligibility for social security disability benefits must be in existence for 24 months before medicare will "kick in" so to speak.

Does this always mean that a person who has been approved for SSD (perhaps, for example, after a hearing before a judge) will have to wait two entire years before they utilize medicare? Not necessarily. The two year medicare waiting period begins at the point in time at which a person is actually eligible to receive a social security disability check.

However, because the established onset date for a person's disability (i.e. when the disabling condition began according to the social security administration's interpretration of the medical records) can often be set very far back in time, and additionally because disability claims can take several years to resolve, it is often the case that the two year waiting period is completed by the time a person receives the notice of award for their disability claim.








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  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center



    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children




    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney




    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security




    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits




    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI



    The SSDRC Disability Blog




    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Getting disability in North Carolina








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    SSI Disability Appeal works better than a new claim
    Can you speed up a disability claim?
    Is there a cap on back pay for SSI?
    Does Social Security Disability Come With Medicaid Benefits?
    If you get Social Security disability benefits do you get Medicare or Medicaid?
    Do you have to report an EEOC settlement to Social Security if you get disability benefits?
    How long do disability benefits last?
    Can you file for both SSI and SSD disability benefits?
    A medical or non-medical denial for disability



    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