There is a lot of confusion out there about if and when you will qualify for health care coverage. Luckily, being approved for disability benefits will qualify you to receive either Medicaid or Medicare.
When Will I Qualify for Medicaid?
Much like SSI Medicaid is a needs based medical coverage program. Because of this, one you are approved for SSI benefits you may qualify for Medicaid. If you qualify for SSDI benefits you may also qualify if your household income is below a certain amount. As with SSI, if you qualify for SSDI and have a low household income you may qualify for Medicaid once approved for disability.
When Will I Qualify For Medicare?
If you are approved for SSDI benefits, you will automatically be enrolled into Medicare after a 24-month waiting period. This waiting period begins on your eligibility date. For some, by the time you are awarded benefits you may be already past the two year waiting period. If this is the case your Medicare will kick in as soon as you are awarded disability benefits.
How Can I Get Benefits During My Waiting Period?
If you find yourself without medical benefits after you have been awarded benefits you have one of two options. First, you can enroll in a private health care plan. Second, you may qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid is a state run program which means eligibility varies from state to state. For more information on your states eligibility rules click here.
Call a Salt Lake City Disability Attorney
If you have questions about Medicaid or Medicare call our office. We have a licensed insurance agent who can answer any questions you may have. If you are a client of ours she can also get you enrolled in benefits free of charge. This is a service we offer to all of our clients.
If you are looking to apply for disability benefits or have already applied and been turned down, give our office a call. Our experienced disability lawyers can make the difference between winning and losing benefits. We will also help ensure you get approved as quickly as possible. There is $0 up front and we will only collect a fee if we are able to get you disability benefits. Call today for your free consultation.