Covering the Bases: Qualifying for Medicare due to disability through SSDI
Q. I am not old enough for Medicare. I am 55 and my health is very poor. Because of my illness, I can no longer work. Can I qualify for Medicare because of my illness?
A. You may qualify for Medicare. To qualify for Medicare due to a disability, you will need to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance through the Social Security Administration. Visit www.ssa.gov for more information on SSDI. If you do not use a computer, call 1-800-722-1213 for information.
If approved for SSDI, you will be awarded Medicare. However, there is usually a 24-month waiting period from the time SSDI benefits begin until Medicare benefits begin. Most people living with an illness cannot wait 24 months for health insurance coverage to start.
Got pain? These three pain conditions suck worse than yours?
Oh humans. We vile creatures, who feel better when others are doing comparatively worse. Rest assured, reading about these three painful conditions will not make you feel permanently better. But it might give you a bit of temporary perspective.
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