Medicare and Social Security Disability Benefits

Jeanne Larson of Medicare Information Office shared her expertise about Medicare and Social Security Disability Benefits. Judith Bendersky and eanne Larson work together helping those who need disability insurance. They know this can be so confusing, applying for benefits is overwhelming!

Judith Bendersky and Jeanne Larson offer Medicare Information and give free Medicare counseling for Alaskans.

At the Mat-su Disability Fair in Alaska, these ladies helped us understand a very overwhelming program.

Jeanne taught us how people who become disabled and are not able to work any longer may apply for Social Security Disability Income. This is a federal program and is accessed through the Social Security Administration.

Applications can be initiated by going to the Social Security Office online. Jeanne suggested that we go to the Social Security sight and print out the forms and start collecting the information that will be needed, or by contacting Social Security via 800-772-1213.

The application requires medical documentation and several other forms, so it’s best to get complete information on the depth of the application and put aside time to complete it.

It’s a good idea to have an advocate, whether that person may be a spouse, friend or relative.

Once a person has been approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) they have a period of time before the checks or deposits into the bank account begin.

After 24 months of “disability” the person will likely receive a red, white and blue MEDICARE card in the U.S. mail entitling them to the federal health insurance program which covers hospital and outpatient medical benefits.

Anyone that has MEDICARE may also consider getting a prescription drug plan called Part D and also a Medigap (Medicare Supplement Insurance) Plan.

The Medicare Information Office serves Alaskans and is available for one on one consultation as well as public outreach and education.

They’re at 1-800-478-6065 and look forward to your inquiries!

Have any of you filled out the extensive paperwork for SSDI? The bureaucratic paper trail in the United States can sometimes be exhausting but don’t give up!


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  1. But understanding your Medicare plan options can be confusing. It’s important to review your options to ensure you’re getting the level of coverage you need at a cost you can afford. ..

    • I agree, doing our homework helps! We must take the time to understand what benefits we have and stay on top of it!

  2. The article you have made is very nice. Some people staying in home because they cannot do works because they are disabled.
    They have the chance to avail the Social Security Disability.

    • Armil,
      Yes, when people pay into the Social Security System for years, it’s a blessing when they find themselves in need of the benefits!

  3. The application process is quite complex and can be exhausting. Thanks for posting this and letting people know what to expect.

    • Paul,
      Thank you for validating the difficulty that people go through to get SSDI! Personally I haven’t worked out side the home long enough and my husband makes too much to qualify for any benefits. I feel for my friends who are forced to figure out the process.

  4. The Social Security Disability Income is a great help for people with disability. It gives them a chance to live normally in life. I also agree that it is good to have an advocate because it makes a person feel better knowing that someone supports and believes them. 🙂

  5. It’s a great help for disabled people who needs insurance. Those who are disabled should get more benefits.

    • David,
      Yes, the medical system is truly a business, in my opinion a broken system. I don’t want to get into the politics of it, I actually don’t have an opinion of what we should do, all I know is that I hope and pray everyone can get the medical coverage that they need!

  6. Although some people with disabilities are still able to work, it’s not always easy for them to find jobs that will accommodate. I’m glad the government can intervene and provide help for people who truly need it.

    • Drew,
      You are so right! I think that government welfare should only be given to those who honestly need it! The broken systems in the country are another topic all together!

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  8. Great topic, it can be confusing, a lot of people also don’t know what falls under “being disabled”, for example you may be able to get on Social Security Disability if you are a Headache sufferer, have diabetes, or suffer from mental illness.

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