Health Care for the Disabled

People with disabilities who are on SSI generally qualify for Medicaid (though eligibility is not automatic in all states), while Medicare coverage is given to those who qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Those who are eligible for SSDI are also eligible for Medicare because they paid FICA taxes for many years, which includes Social Security taxes and Medicare taxes. Generally people who are insured for Social Security become eligible for Medicare when they turn 65, but those who are disabled according to Social Security's defintion can receive Medicare early (after a waiting period).

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