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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

How long after you are approved for Social Security Disability do you have to sign up for medicare in Texas?

Here's a question from a forum. "How long after you go on Social Security Disability in Texas do you have to sign up for medicare?"

Answer: you don't have to sign up at all. For individuals who are approved to receive SSDI in Texas (Social Security Disability insurance) benefits, medicare will automatically start at the end of what is known as the "two year waiting period".

Do you have to wait until you've been receiving Social Security Disability for two years before medicare actually kicks in? Here's the best way to answer the question. Medicare coverage starts two years after something called your date of entitlement.

Here's how it works, as shown by this example.

A) A claimant gets approved for disability.

B) The claimant, based on the medical records, is given something known as an EOD, or established onset date. This is when the claimant's disability is considered to have begun.

C) The claimant will be eligible to receive disability benefits five months after this onset date. This five month timeframe is another type of waiting period, called the five month waiting period.

Why does this five month waiting period exist? The rationale (allegedly) is that, because Social Security Disability is a type of social insurance program, there should be an elimination, or waiting, period, just as you would see in a private insurance policy.

D) The day after the end of this five month waiting period is what is known as the claimant's date of entitlement.

E) Two years from this date of entitlement is when the claimant is actually eligible to receive medicare. Basically, then, a claimant is eligible to receive medicare 27 months after the date that their disability is thought to have begun (the EOD, or established onset of disability).

Now, the next question, after this lengthy explanation is this: Do I really have to wait two years after I've gotten my approval letter for medicare?

And the answer is, usually, no. Why? Because in many or most cases, a person who has been awarded disability benefits in Texas will be given an established onset date that is far back enough so that, by the time they receive their award letter, the 27 time frame will either A) have been served entirely or B) largely served.

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These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits
Applying for disability benefits, SSI and SSDI
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability?
How does back pay for Social Security Disability work?
Social Security Disability And SSI Qualifications
Permanent Disability Qualifications for SSD and SSI
Status of your Social Security Disability or SSI case
Disability lawyer representation, finding lawyers
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability, qualifying for Benefits
Qualifications for Disability Benefits
How long does it take to get disability after applying?
Disability application, how to file in Texas
Texas disability requirements
Eligibility and qualifying for disability in Texas
What are the qualifications for disability in Texas?
Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in Texas?
Getting a Texas disability lawyer, attorney, or advocate

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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