Disability and Medicare
Do you have a disability and get Social Security disability payments? Then you'll be eligible for Medicare Part A and Part B the 25th month you get Social Security disability payments. Your age doesn’t matter.
Medicare is a health insurance program for people:
- Age 65 or older
- Under age 65 with certain disabilities
- With end-stage renal disease
- With Lou Gehrig's disease
There are different types of Medicare.
- Medicare Part A is hospital insurance. There is no premium.
- Medicare Part B is medical insurance. You’ll pay a monthly premium.
If you have TRICARE and are also eligible for Medicare Part A, you must have Part B coverage to stay eligible for TRICARE. There are some exceptions – learn more.
The Social Security Administration will let you know your Medicare start date. If your disability claim and Medicare entitlement are awarded retroactively, make sure your Medicare Part A and Part B effective dates match.
- If your Medicare effective dates don't match, TRICARE will try to get any payments back for claims paid when you had Part A coverage and no Part B.
- When you receive your letter from the Social Security Administration, read it carefully. Contact your case manager or a beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinator if you have questions.
Last Updated 6/10/2022