Receiving Medicare And SSIBy Kenton Koszdin on May 30, 2018 | In Disability Insurance
The application process that determines eligibility for Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI) isn’t simple and straightforward. Every application is different and therefore unique. Every applicant has different circumstances that affect or may be affected by an award of disability benefits. A benefit award may affect the status and eligibility of the receipt of other important benefits. For example, an award of SSI may affect eligibility to receive, or continue to receive, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
SSI provides both monetary and medical benefits to disabled or blind adults and children who meet the applicable income and asset requirements set forth by the State of California. Individuals that are disabled and approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits receive Medicare, while those approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) receive Medicaid. Recipients of SSDI are not eligible to receive Medicare benefits until two years from the date of their award. An SSI recipient must reach the age of 65 to be eligible for Medicare coverage.
However, recipients of SSI have no waiting period to receive Medicaid. In most states, once Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is awarded, the recipient immediately becomes eligible for Medicaid. Since it’s possible to receive Medicaid benefits before a decision has been made on eligibility for disability benefits, it’s prudent to apply for Medicaid immediately when first filing an application for SSI. Medicaid benefits vary from state to state although states are required to cover certain mandatory benefits and have the option to provide other benefits available through the Medicaid Program.
Do you have any questions or concerns about how Social Security benefits affect your receipt of Medicare and/or Medicaid? If so, contact the Are you ready to fight for your benefits with a lawyer that is dedicated to helping you get results? If so, it is time to contact the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today. We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you. Call 800-438-7734 or visit us online. Se habla espańol!