If you are unable to work because you are hurt, disability attorneys in Raleigh at Brent Adams & Associates can help you determine your eligibility for Medicare and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Qualification for the former is dependent on age and may be available for disabled individuals, whereas qualification for the latter is dependent on income as well as disability and age. This can be an involved process, which is why working with an attorney who has experience in these matters is recommended.
Medicaid and SSI Eligibility
SSI is separate from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSDI is based on your prior work history as well as disability; SSI is based on limited resources as well as disability and may be available for individuals older than 65. In North Carolina, those who are approved for SSI are automatically covered by Medicaid and do not have to apply separately for the two programs.
Medicaid is a program paid by the state and partially funded by the federal government to help low-income families and individuals pay for medical costs. This differs from Medicare, which is available to any individual older than 65, regardless of income and for some disabled individuals.
Once an individual receiving SSI turns 65, he or she may begin receiving Medicare coverage. In some cases, you may be eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. The state may pay the premiums for Medicare if you receive SSI benefits and are eligible for Medicaid.
Work with Disability Attorneys in Raleigh
If you are like many people who are unable to work after being diagnosed with a serious disability, you need all the benefits you might be entitled to, such as SSI and Medicare, in order to pay for day-to-day living expenses. Fortunately, the disability attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates are dedicated to helping individuals navigate the application process to begin receiving benefits. For help with your application, please contact our law office today at 1-910-892-8177 or 1-800-849-5931 or request a free case evaluation.