Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

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

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

If you are applying for Social Security disability when does Medicare start?

Individuals who file for social security disability benefits and are approved will be eligible at some point to receive medicare benefits (individuals who are approved for SSI disability do not receive medicare, but, instead, receive medicaid).

Medicare based upon Social Security disability will begin two years after the first date that you are entitled to receive a Social Security disability benefit.

What does this mean? Well basically, unless you have insurance currently, this means that you may be in the position of not having insurance coverage for two years. So, if you do have health insurance do not terminate it when you first learn that you have been approved for Social Security disability (at least not until you find out when your medicare coverage will begin).

However, in most cases, individuals who have been approved for social security disability do not actually have to wait two years to receive medicare. This is because their date of entitlement will be far enough back (due to when their disability is decided to have begun and also due to how long their disability case took to be finally be approved) to eliminate much of the two year wait for medicare.

In some cases, the entire two year wait will have been eliminated.

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

Related pages:

If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
If you are applying for Social Security disability when does Medicare start?
Do I automatically receive Medicare benefits if I'm approved for disability benefits? (not SSI)
Social Security Disability Health Coverage
Do you get medical healthcare benefits with Social Security disability?
The Social Security Medicare 24 Month Waiting Period
How do you get meds in the two wait for Medicare after an Approval for Disability?
Does Social Security disability pay for medicine prescriptions?
Why doesn't Social Security Disability provide automatic medical care when SSI does?
Do you get medical health care coverage with SSI?
How long will it take to receive my Social Security Award letter and back pay?
How long does it take to hear from SSI?

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