Medicare & Medicaid

Ask A Lawyer: Medicare and Social Security Disability

by Patrick Spencer June 27, 2012
Ask a lawyer about Medicare and disability

Q: Is there a way that Medicare should be picking up medical bills from the time an application is sent for review to the time one can be approved for Medicare? A: Once you are approved for Social Security disability benefits, you do become eligible for Medicare. But you, like most people, will have to […]

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I’ve Been Approved for SSDI, Why Don’t My Benefits Start Right Away?

by Patrick Spencer February 1, 2010
Check for SSDI benefits

If you’ve been approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, your benefits will never start with the date you became disabled. This is because the law requires that you wait five full months before you can receive any SSDI benefits. This is commonly called the 5-month wait period. There is really no explanation for […]

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Are There Programs That Will Help Me Pay My Medicare Costs?

by Patrick Spencer December 29, 2009

If you receive Medicare and have trouble paying your Medicare costs, you may qualify for help. Help is available through two programs— the QMB (Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program) and the SLMB (Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary program). How do I know if I am eligible? Keep in mind that the state where you live determines your eligibility. In […]

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