Depending on the nature of a person’s disability and the benefits sought, an individual may be able to receive Medicare or Medicaid in addition to their normal Social Security Disability benefits. However, there are some stipulations. Applicants may find that due to the timing or the amount of benefits they receive, they may have to go several months without any sort of medical insurance. In this video, Tulsa SSDI lawyer Steve Troutman breaks down the requirements for Medicare and Medicaid and who is eligible to receive them while receiving SSDI or SSI benefits. Our law firm offers free consultations for disability applicants, including those that have already applied and been denied.
There are actually two types of medical benefits that might be available: Medicare and Medicaid. Medicaid is essentially a type of medical benefit for people who are indigent, so Medicaid goes along with SSI. The SSI recipient gets Medicaid as well because they don’t have any assets or income. The Disability Insurance benefit recipient or SSDI recipient gets Medicare. One of the worst parts of the system is their Medicare doesn’t start until two years after their benefits start. It becomes complicated because their benefits can start as early as a year prior to when they applied. So it gets rather confusing, but the bottom line is many times we will get people approved for SSDI, and for several months they may be without medical insurance of any kind because their SSDI is too much money to qualify them for Medicaid and they haven’t reached the two-year time limit to be eligible for Medicare. To have a free consultation of your disability claim, call us at (918) 587-0050 or visit us at TroutmanLaw.com.