This is an archival or historical document and may not reflect current policies or procedures.
On 10/1/2000, a new law extended Medicare (premium-free hospital insurance) coverage for people who receive Social Security Disability benefits and work.

This is an additional 4 and 1/2 years.

Medicare will continue at least 93 months (7 yrs. and 9 mos.) after the trial work period (TWP) ends. (Total of at least 8 and 1/2 years including the TWP months).

 

Comparison of Before and After

Before new law After new law
  • Medicare continues at least 39 months(3 yrs., 3 mos.) after the trial work period (TWP) ends.
  • Medicare continues for at least 4 years (includes TWP) when you return to work.
  • Medicare continues at least 93 months (7 yrs., 9 mos.) after the trial work period (TWP) ends.
  • Medicare continues for at least 8 and 1/2 years (includes TWP) when you return to work.

 

How Can I Get This New Extended Medicare Coverage ?


This new law applies to you if you are:
  • just starting to work, or
  • in a trial work period now, or
  • in an Extended Period of Eligibility (36 month-reinstatement period) that does not end prior to 6/1/2000, or
  • Medicare (free Hospital Insurance is not due to terminate until after 9/30/2000.