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

Does Social Security Disability Come With Medicaid Benefits?

Social Security Disability is usually associated with Medicare benefits rather than Medicaid benefits. However, SSA (the Social Security Administration) also administers a need based disability program--Supplemental Security Income disability (SSI)--that does offer an automatic approval for Medicaid benefits as long as the beneficiary meets the income and resource limits for the SSI disability program.

When an applicant files for Social Security Disability, they are also evaluated for SSI benefits eligibility. This is done for several reasons. There are many instances in which individuals are insured to receive SSD benefits but, based on their earnings records, would only receive a fairly small monthly check. For these individuals, it may be possible to receive both SSD and SSI concurrently. This is done to ensure that the individual will receive at least a certain minimum amount each month.

However, to receive SSI, a person must be under the income and asset limitations for the SSI program. Well, it stands to reason that many individuals are disabled have exhausted their resources (assets) and most likely have no income by the time they file for disability. This makes a concurrent claim possible.

Note: Many individuals will also receive SSI benefits for a time because of a five month waiting period for benefits that applies only to SSD benefits. Social Security Disability beneficiaries face this five-month waiting period that begins with the date they stopped working and which ends with the month they are entitled to receive disability benefits (the sixth month).

While many of these individuals will lose their SSI entitlement when they become eligible for Social Security Disability benefits (after the expiration of the waiting period), there are still others who remain dually entitled to both SSI and Social Security Disability. If they are entitled to even one dollar of SSI disability benefits they are eligible for Medicaid benefits.

Additionally, local Social Services agencies are often able to continue Medicaid benefits to Social Security Disability beneficiaries after they lose their SSI eligibility, provided that their total income and resources are low enough to meet the medicaid guidelines for disability.

While Social Security Disability does not come with Medicaid, there are still many Social Security Disability beneficiaries who still become eligible for Medicaid benefits. Of course, Medicaid coverage may only last a short time for some beneficiaries, but even in that short time it can help pay medical expenses or catch up some old medical bills.

Note: The eligibility requirements for payment of past and present medical expenses through Medicaid can vary from state to state.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

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

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?

Related pages:

Does Social Security Disability Come With Medicaid Benefits?
If you get Social Security Disability benefits do you get Medicare or Medicaid?
If you apply for disability in Ohio
Will I qualify for disability Benefits in Ohio?
Getting a Disability Lawyer in Ohio
How do you appeal your disability denial in Ohio?

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

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?

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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