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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.

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  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center

    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Medical exams for disability claims

    Applying for Disability in various states

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits

    FAQ on Disability Claim Representation

    Disability hearings before Judges

    Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    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

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Applying for Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    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.

    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