I just received my Notice of Award. When does my Medicare start?
The start date of your coverage will depend on when your Onset Date of Disability was determined to be with Medicare.
This date is typically 29 months after your onset date. The time includes a five-month waiting period between your onset date and the start of your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments, followed by another 24 months of receiving those payments before reaching your Medicare effective date.
For those diagnosed with ALS or ESRD, benefits will begin as soon as you receive your SSDI payments.