Overview of Disability

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Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

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SSDRC Disability Blog

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.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Disability and Medicare- how does it work
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Social Security Disability Health Coverage

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