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

Disability and Medicare- how does it work

You may have heard that it takes two whole years after you get Social Security disability to receive Medicare coverage, and, to some degree, this is a true statement.

However, there are other things to consider when discussing the two-year wait for Medicare coverage. For instance, your date of entitlement (the true point at which you actually become entitled to receive Social Security disability) may be several months or even years in the past. This can easily be the case if you claimed on your disability application that you become disabled years ago.

What does this mean as far as your entitlement to Medicare? It may mean that you will be entitled to Medicare as soon as you receive your Social Security disability approval, instead of having to wait two years.

Here's another reason why a person who has been approved for disability may not have to wait for their medicare coverage to begin. Many individuals who receive their disability allowance from an administrative law judge at a hearing have already been waiting for disability two years or more.

Consequently, when they get approved by a judge, the twenty four month Medicare wait period has already passed and they are entitled to Medicare.

There are two major entitlements involved with Medicare, Part A and Part B. More recently, Medicare Part C and Part D have been added.

Medicare Part A is free coverage that covers some of the expense of hospitalizations. Part B covers some of the expense of doctorsí visits and various types of testing. Part C and D involve prescription and Medigap coverage (health insurance companies offer policies to help pay the twenty percent gap in coverage left by Medicare) and are provided at a cost to qualified Social Security beneficiaries.

Note: Social Security will deduct all Medicare premiums from your monthly Social Security disability benefit.

Although Parts B, C, and D have a premium, some disabled individuals will qualify for a subsidy to help offset the cost of the premiums of Parts C and D. Of course, to qualify for the subsidy, you must meet the income and resource requirements of the Medicare subsidy program. Some individuals may also qualify for help with paying Medicare Part B premiums, through their local Department of Social Services.

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

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 an application for disability
Filing for disability - where to go
How to qualify for disability
Qualifying for disability
Winning disability benefits, how to win
Winning disability for a mental condition
Social Security Disability Back pay, SSD, SSI
Disability Criteria and requirements