If you are disabled and are finally awarded your benefits, did you know that under the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits program (SSDI), you will have a waiting period?

The waiting period includes a five (5) full month waiting period from your onset of disability before Social Security will begin paying you any monthly benefits or calculating your back pay for benefits. Additionally, you will have a 24-month waiting period to get access to Medicare beginning after the 5-month waiting period. Essentially, you are eligible for Medicare after waiting 29 months.