Social Security Q&A

By The Associated Press

Q: DO I AUTOMATICALLY get Medicare benefits if I’m eligible for disability benefits?
A: AFTER YOU have received disability benefits for 24 months, we will automatically enroll you in Medicare. We start counting the 24 months from the month you were entitled to receive disability, not the month when you received your first benefit payment. Sometimes you can get State Medicaid in the meantime. There are exceptions to this rule, however.
Q: I’VE HEARD there is a way for my daughter to get her disability application on the “fast-track” How?
A: IF YOUR DAUGHTER has one of the more than 100 impairments on the Compassionate Allowances list at www.socialsecurity.gov/
compassionateallowances, her application might be “fast-tracked” for a decision.
Compassionate Allowances make it possible for applicants to receive a decision on their disability applications within days instead of months or years as long as their medical conditions are so severe that they obviously meet Social Security’s definition of disability. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/ compassionateallowances.

THIS COLUMN
was prepared by the Social Security Administration. Contact Social Security at (800) 772-1213.