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
Medicaid, Medicare, SSD, and SSI
A worry for all disability beneficiaries is ongoing medical care. If you are approved for SSD, you will not be able to have Medicare for two years from the first month you are eligible to receive disability benefits. This is called the medicare 24 month waiting period. This sometimes causes great hardship for many individuals who are disabled.
Does this 2 year waiting period necessarily mean that a person who gets SSD will not have medicare for 2 whole years. Usually not. Why? Because most cases take a long time to process, especially with appeals, and by the time most individuals get approved, two things are true: 1. They are usually owed a fair amount of back pay; 2. Their medicare waiting period has been fully or partially eliminated. So, some people, by the time they get approved, do not have to wait at all for medicare. Some people have to wait a few months. The majority of approved individuals will not actually have to wait a full 2 years, though.
For those who have to wait, there can be hardship. None of this, of course, has anything to do with Medicaid, since individuals who get approved for SSD get medicare not Medicaid.
Who gets Medicaid?
SSI and concurrently (SSI/SSD) entitled disability beneficiaries will be able to receive Medicaid from the time they are approved with no waiting period. If you are able to meet the income and resource limits of this need-based disability program, you automatically qualify for Medicaid.
SSD-only disability beneficiaries still may be able to receive Medicaid but they will have to contact their local Social Services agency to see if they qualify for Medicaid.
Some SSD only beneficiaries are able to qualify for Medicaid. Still, there are many SSD beneficiaries who are stuck in the limbo of paying for health care until they are eligible to receive Medicare from Social Security.
Depending on their SSD benefit and other resources, some SSD beneficiaries may be able to get some help paying their Medicare premiums even if they do not actually qualify for Medicaid. Once you start receiving SSD Medicare you should check with Social Services to see if you might qualify for help paying your Medicare premium.
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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
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If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
If you get Social Security Disability benefits do you get Medicare or Medicaid?
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
Social Security Disability when does medicare start?
The Social Security Medicare 24 Month Waiting Period
Getting a Disability Lawyer in California
Will I qualify for disability Benefits in California?
How long does it take to get disability in California?
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Do I need an attorney to win disability?
How Long Does It Take To Go Before A Judge For Disability?
Will a Judge give you an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
What happens when you go to a disability hearing?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical conditions
Social Security Disability lawyer fee
Can a lawyer or attorney speed up my disability case?
When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
Going to a medical exam for Social Security Disability or SSI
Filing for disability - How to file the disability application
Do you need a lawyer to file for disability?
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
The Social Security Disability Award Letter
Social Security Disability SSI Eligibility Requirements
How Many Times Will you be denied before You Get Approved for Disability?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
How to Prove disability and qualify to win benefits
How to speed up the disability process
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes
What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam?
Maximum back pay you can get from Social Security Disability or SSI
How to qualify for disability
What is the Social Security Disability List of Impairments?
What is considered a disability by Social Security?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How does back pay for Social Security Disability work?
Your Social Security Disability Status
How do you find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to check Social Security Disability Status
Applying for disability, what medical conditions can you apply for?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
How much does disability pay?
Can I get permanent Social Security Disability or SSI?
How long will it take to get a disability decision letter?
Social Security Disability and SSI Medical Exams
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security Disability?
How Long to get a Disability Hearing decision?
How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?
Social Security Disability and Working
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
How Much Income Can A Person Earn If He Draws Social Security Disability?
Partial disability benefits from Social Security
Can I Qualify For Disability for Depression?
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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