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Is Medicare prescription drug plan a SSI benefit when a

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Is Medicare prescription drug plan a SSI benefit when a person receives SS Benefits as a disabled dependent of a wage earner?
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Medicare is not connected to SSI (supplemental security income, which is a federal welfare program for the poor disabled or aged) - it is only connected to Social Security. So, to get medicare, generally one must be insured for same (which we become insured for in the generally manner we become insured for social security, via working enough and paying those FICA taxes). Then, after working enough to be insured, one must either be 65 or older OR, be found legally disabled by the SSA and entitled to social security disability insurance benefits (SSDI, SSDIB, SSD - all the acronyms for same).

Now, if person becomes eligible for DAC (disabled adult child) benefits under the SSA's rules) and entitled to same once hie parent becomes eligible for social security, then yes, Medicare will eventually attach to that. Being dependent on a wage earner is not quite enough.

Alternatively, however, those on SSI are often eligible for MEDICAID, which is different from Medicare but may tied them over until they are old enough for Medicare (or otherwise eligible) - and the Medicaid he will want to apply directly through his STATE medical office - often called state medical assistance office or welfare office - which should be found in his county.

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Social Security Expert: Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney replied 1 year ago

And, if he is eligible for Medicaid or Medicare, he can have a drug plan. (Medicaid tends to be cost free, while Medicare has premiums and copays, etc., as well as premiums).

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