Overview of Disability

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Disability for Mental

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Working and Disability

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Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

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SSDRC Disability Blog

The 24 month Waiting Period for medicare when you get Social Security Disability

I've blogged several times about this aspect of the social security disability system, which is the fact that before before an approved SSD claimant can receive medicare coverage, they must "serve" a two year wait (the wait does not pertain to SSI disability since SSI recipients are potentially eligible to receive medicaid).

The two year wait begins from the date from the date of entitlement (the date of entitlement is the date that equals the established onset of disability plus the 5 month waiting period---another strange, arbitrary means of cheating approved claimants out of something, this time 5 actual months of disability benefits).

Why does the 24 month wait for medicare benefits exist? I've never found a valid reason for it and I've always assumed it had to do with maintaining a cap on program expenses. What else could the reason be?

Well, today, I visited Attorney Charles Hall's blog (Mr. Hall is a practicing social security disability attorney in North Carolina, is the former president of NOSSCR, the national organization of social security claimant's representatives, and authors perhaps the best attorney's blog on the topic of social security disability / SSI, which can be found at Social Security News) and this seems to be his opinion as well. The 24 month wait for medicare coverage serves no logical purpose.


1. Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes
2. If you are applying for Social Security disability when does Medicare start?
3. If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
4. Social Security Disability Medicare Health Coverage
5. The Social Security Medicare 24 Month Waiting Period

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

Related pages:

If your disability claim is approved or denied
Social Security Award letter for SSD, SSI
Exercise can prevent disability from arthritis
Denied for disability with degenerative disc disease
Disability from IBS and other conditions
Can you qualify for Social Security Disability on the basis of fibromyalgia?
What are the requirements and criteria for social security disability?
Disability at age 50 or older
How Much Income Can you Earn If you draw Social Security Disability?
How to file for disability in North Carolina NC
Does sleep apnea treatment qualify a person for temporary SSI disability?
You can qualify for disability based on epilepsy in two separate ways
Can You File For Disability While Receiving Unemployment?
Are Social Security Disability Claims Based On Back Pain Usually Turned Down?

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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How to check the status of my Social Security disability claim
To qualify for disability, what to prove
Preparation to win a disability hearing
Social Security Disability lawyers FAQ
How Much Income Can you Earn If you draw Social Security Disability?
What does Social Security Disability SSI pay, how much?
Social Security Disability Maximum back pay
Social Security Disability Claims and Medical Exams
What is qualifying for disability benefits based on?
Partial Social Security Disability SSI benefits
Filing for disability and financial help
Getting approved after a Social Security Disability Psychological exam
How long does it take to receive disability benefits after you are approved?
Does Social Security Disability Come With Medicaid Benefits?
Applying for Disability or SSI - How long does it take
Can you work if you get Social Security Disability?
Am I eligible to receive disability benefits?
What medical disabilities, conditions qualify for Disability Benefits?
How to get disability for degenerative disc disease
What mental problems qualify for disability?
Conditions that get approved for disability