How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

When you Apply for Social Security do you get Medicare?

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.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?

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Does sleep apnea treatment qualify a person for temporary SSI disability?
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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

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?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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