Military personnel have been covered under Social Security since 1957. A total of approximately 9.4 million military veterans receive social security benefits, which means that almost one out of every four adults receiving benefits has served in the military. The attorneys at the Sullivan Law Office have been serving veterans and their families for two generations.
Veterans that receive an award of disability benefits, who are already receiving service-connected disability benefits from the VA, often express their concern to me about becoming eligible for Medicare. Applicants that receive Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) automatically become eligible for Medicare two years from the date of their eligibility for SSDI benefits. They are often concerned that this eligibility may affect the current ongoing and future medical treatment that they receive from the VA.
If you are eligible for both Medicare and Veterans’ benefits, you may receive medical treatment under either program. A choice of coverage must be made for each doctor visit or other incident of health care. Neither Medicare nor the VA may both pay for the same service even if both cover it as, of course, no double recoveries are permitted. A veteran may go to a non-VA hospital for services authorized by the VA and may receive other services not authorized by the VA, some of which may be covered by Medicare. But the bottom line is that simply being eligible for Medicare will not cancel or diminish service-connected disability benefits from the VA.
Working with a disability attorney that is experienced in both of these types of cases ensures that you have the best chance of successfully filing a disability application, whether for SSDI or SSI. If you have any questions or concerns about any kind of disability case, including Social Security Disability, long-term disability, short-term disability, state retirement and workers’ compensation, call the Sullivan Law Office today! Call 888-587-0228 or visit us online.