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What you could get from Disability

Disability benefits may include a monthly payment and Medicare health insurance.

Medicare coverage

We’ll automatically enroll you in Medicare 2 years after the date you became entitled to Disability.

You’ll get a welcome package in the mail 3 months before your coverage starts. You can opt out of Part B (medical insurance) if you don’t want it. 

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Special rules if you have ESRD or ALS

If you have end-stage renal disease (ESRD), you can get Medicare:

  • The month you begin at-home dialysis treatments.
  • The month you get a kidney transplant.
  • 3 months after you start outpatient dialysis treatments.

If you have ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), you can get Medicare as soon as you become entitled to Disability.

See if you can increase your payment amount with SSI

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides monthly payments of up to $943 for people with limited income and resources. If you're eligible, you may be able to get Disability and SSI at the same time. 

If you choose not to apply for SSI when you file for Disability, you’ll get a letter from us saying, "You're not eligible for SSI." This won't affect your Disability application.

Find out if you might be eligible for SSI