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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.

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

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What Should you say to the Social Security Disability Doctor at a CE in Texas?
Reasons for Social Security Disability Cases Being Denied in Texas
Mental Disorders and SSD (Social Security Disability) and SSI in Texas
How long after you are approved for disability do you have to sign up for medicare in Texas?
What does Social Security Disability consider a Mental Impairment in Texas?
Should your Doctor determine if you get Social Security Disability or SSI in Texas?
Doctor Records and the Texas Social Security Disability Hearing
Who is eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI Disability in Texas?

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 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