Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDIB) can be a trying experience, both physically and emotionally. However, once you receive the approval letter it will be a welcomed relief. Not only will you receive a monthly payment from the Social Security Administration (SSA), but you will automatically qualify for Medicare. Your date of disability, also known as your “date of onset”, is the date that SSA determines you became disabled. 24 months from that date is when you are eligible to begin receiving your Medicare benefits.
Fun fact: If you receive SSDIB for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease, you may receive Medicare the same month your SSDIB begins! Knowledge is power!