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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.

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

Related pages:

Does Social Security Disability Come With Medicaid Benefits?
If you get Social Security disability benefits do you get Medicare or Medicaid?

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