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April 2011 Archives

Medicare

As I recently wrote, Medicaid comes along with your approval for Supplemental Security Income. Medicare comes along with Disability Insurance Benefits. If you are receiving both types of benefits, you can receive both types of medical benefits. But what if you are one of the many people who only receive on-going Disability Insurance Benefits?* It means that you only get Medicare benefits and that brings up one of the most important things to know about your Medicare benefits. You must wait 24 MONTHS after the month you first became eligible for monetary benefits before you are eligible for Medicare. That means that you will become eligible for Medicare 29 months after your onset date (5 month waiting period for DIB + 24 month waiting period for Medicare). I'll lay that out in a simple timeline so it makes it a little easier to see what happens:

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