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.

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Last Updated 6/10/2022