If I apply for Disability is there any way to get help with medicaid while being approved?

Q) If I apply for Disability is there any way to get help with medicaid while being approved?? I am going blind in one eye and they have diagnosed me with Multiple Sclerosis and it. Started in my eye and vision will never get better in that eye and understand the disease can progress so can’t really work. Also need insurance and have had to quit job and can’t drive now and my good eye, Vision is 20/70. The Neurologist said to get Disability and insurance because I need medicines and maybe health assistant when have episodes.

A) I am sorry to hear about your situation. It sounds like you are going through a lot. I understand that you are worried about how you are going to pay for your medical care.

There are a few things you can do to get help with Medicaid while you are waiting to be approved for disability.

  • Apply for Medicaid now. Even if you are not yet approved for disability, you may still be eligible for Medicaid. The application process can take several months, so it is best to apply as soon as possible.
  • Ask your doctor for help. Your doctor may be able to write a letter to the Medicaid office explaining why you need coverage. This can help to speed up the approval process.
  • Contact your state’s Medicaid office. The Medicaid office may be able to provide you with more information about how to get help while you are waiting to be approved.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

NOTE: According to HealthCare.gov – If you get Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), you probably have Medicare or are in a 24-month waiting period before it starts. You have options in either case.

If you get Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and have Medicare
You’re considered covered under the health care law and don’t have to pay the penalty that people without coverage must pay.
You can’t enroll in a Marketplace plan to replace or supplement your Medicare coverage.

One exception: If you enrolled in a Marketplace plan before getting Medicare, you can keep your Marketplace plan as supplemental insurance when you enroll in Medicare. But if you do this, you’ll lose any premium tax credits and other savings for your Marketplace plan.
Source: https://www.healthcare.gov/people-with-disabilities/ssdi-and-medicare/

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