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

Medicare and Social Security Disability - Basic Facts

If you are awarded disability with the Social Security Administration, do you have insurance coverage? Most likely you will not initially be entitled to any type of medical insurance through Social Security. Medicare has a twenty-four month qualifying period, consequently a disabled individual will not be entitled to Medical insurance through the Medicare Insurance program until the twenty-four month qualifying period has elapsed.

However, Medicare is not the only insurance program linked to Social Security disability. Social Security administers two disability programs, and one of those programs, SSI, is a need-based program. If an individual is qualified for SSI disability, they are automatically entitled to Medicaid. Medicaid is a need based program as well, consequently there is no two year wait for entitlement, although you do have to meet the income and resource limits.

Additionally, many-disabled individuals who receive their disability approval at the administrative law judge hearing have already served their twenty-four month qualifying period for Medicare entitlement prior to the date of their hearing.

What does this mean to the disabled individual? It means that when they begin to receive their Social Security disability benefit, they will already be covered by Medicare insurance.

Additional Information:

Medicare Coverage through Social Security Disability

Do I automatically get Medicare if I'm approved for disability?

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
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