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  •  Medicare also covers disabled workers below (0+ / 0-)

    the full retirement age who have paid into the system and who the government considers qualified following the disability application process. Medicare for disabled workers doesn't kick in until they have collected Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for two years.

    SDDI should not be confused with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) which is the program that covers seniors as well as disabled individuals who have not paid in enough to collect the minimum standard of Social Security or SSDI. Today SSI includes many children.  Folks on SSI usually receive their health care from Medicaid, administered by their state.

    While Medicare and SSDI are funded by the contributions of workers and employers SSI and Medicaid are funded by the general fund.

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