Jason’s serious lung condition prevented him from working. However, he still needed healthcare benefits to cover his basic needs – and the treatment he needed for his disabling medical condition. As he applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), he wondered if he could also get Medicaid and Medicare. Receiving even one of these important medical benefits would be a great help. In this article, we will look at whether you can get Medicaid, Medicare, or both Medicaid and Medicare if you are receiving SSDI and SSI.
Reasons for Getting SSDI and SSI
People look to SSDI if they have a medical condition that prevents them from working. The actual eligibility requirements are:
- That you have a condition that prevents you from working, and
- That your condition is expected to cause your death or to last for at least 12 months.
SSDI beneficiaries also must have accumulated the required number of work credits. SSI beneficiaries also have a disabling condition or are at least age 65 or are blind. Medical conditions, illness, or disease play a part in getting either SSDI or SSI.
Medicaid and Medicare Eligibility
Although both programs provide medical benefits, the programs differ in some significant areas.
- Is for people of any age who have disabilities or certain other medical conditions
- Applicants must meet certain income and resource limits.
- Is for people over age 65, younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease.
- Is offered in several different programs, some of which the beneficiary must pay a premium to get.
Disability and Medicaid or Medicare
People who receive SSDI benefits are also able to get Medicare after a 24-month waiting period. It is also possible to qualify for Medicaid.
Remember, though, that your Medicaid and Medicare benefits may end if you are able to return to work.
Get the Benefits You Deserve When You Need Them
Talk to a lawyer to find out if you are eligible for more than SSDI and SSI.
At The Law Offices of Martin Taller, your case gets the attention and care of experienced Social Security Disability attorneys. Call us at 714-385-8100 to set up a free consultation. Though our office is conveniently located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.