When your Medicare starts you will be eligible for both Medicare Part A – hospital and nursing home coverage – and Medicare Part B – doctor visits and outpatient services. You will get a Medicare card in the mail before your 25th month of disability. If you do not want Medicare Part B, you can send back the card. If you keep the card, you will keep Part B and will pay Part B premiums.
Social Security Disability Medicare Retirement Laid Bare
, and the SSI program. We provide information on applying for benefits, appealing denials, understanding Medicare, finding a Disability Lawyer, and making the most of your SSI benefits. The information is presented in plain English, without technical jargon.
How to Report Medicare & Disability Fraud in Florida
Call the Florida health department. Because the health department oversees Medicare, Medicaid and disability services for Florida residents, you may report fraud in these areas to state authorities, who will work with federal authorities to investigate your claim. The Florida Department of Health notes that its disability office is the third largest in the country, handling 6 percent of all disability claims in the U.S. The health department maintains a list of all regional offices with full contact information; to report fraud in your area, call your nearest regional office with details of the fraudulent activity. Depending on the type of fraud, state authorities may ask you to complete a specific form or share your claim with federal authorities or law enforcement staff.
How to Apply for Medicare With a Disability
You must qualify for and receive Social Security disability benefits before you can receive Medicare. If your disability does not qualify you for SSDI, it doesn’t qualify you for Medicare, either. You can apply for Social Security disability benefits online. It’s a good idea to go through the Social Security Administration’s checklist, which is also online, to make sure you have everything you will need to apply. If you are approved for Social Security disability benefits, your Medicare benefits will begin automatically when you are eligible for them. You won’t need to fill out a special application for them.
Medicare and Social Security Disability Benefits
You can get financial help from Social Security and Medicare if you’re permanently disabled or if you have Lou Gehrig’s disease or kidney failure. To be considered “permanently disabled,” your doctor must confirm that you are unable to work for at least 12 consecutive months. Being “unable to work” means you cannot perform your job functions because of the disability, and you cannot find a new line of work because of age, education, or impairment. You must follow your doctor’s prescribed treatment plan to continue to qualify. It’s a good idea to keep up-to-date medical records.
Does Medicare or Medicaid Come with Disability?
Do you get Medicare coverage if you were approved for SSI? Claimants who are approved for SSI only typically receive Medicaid coverage in most states. And like SSI, Medicaid is subject to income and asset limitations. Medicaid is a needs-based, state- and county-administered program that provides for a number of doctor visits and prescriptions each month, as well as nursing home care under certain conditions. Can you ever get Medicare if you get SSI? Medicare coverage for SSI recipients does not occur until an individual reaches the age of 65 if they were only entitled to receive monthly SSI disability benefits. At the age of 65, these individuals are able to file an uninsured Medicare claim, which saves the state they reside in the cost of Medicaid coverage. Basically, the state pays the medical premiums for an uninsured individual to be in Medicare so that their costs in health coverage provided through Medicaid goes down.
Disability Planner: Medicare Coverage If You’re Disabled
Everyone with Medicare also has access to prescription drug coverage (Part D) that helps pay for medications doctors prescribe for treatment. For more information on the enrollment periods for Part D, we recommend you read Medicare’s "How to get drug coverage" page.
Compare Medicare Advantage & Supplemental Plans
Medicare Advantage insurance is offered by private insurance companies with a Medicare contract, and replaces Original Medicare Part A and Part B. You must continue to pay your Part B premiums. Medicare Advantage plans typically offer additional benefit options and have less cost-sharing than Original Medicare, and you may have to pay a monthly premium in return for the extra benefits. Medicare Advantage plans come in a variety of formats, such as HMO, PPO and PFFS plans, as well as special needs plans. Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in Medicare Advantage plans if they have Medicare Part A and Part B, but only during designated enrollment periods. These enrollment periods change from time-to-time, so please call us to get the most-up-to-date information.