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!