WAKE FOREST — Did you know that if you are under age 65 and have a disability you may be eligible for Medicare? If you have questions about your health insurance options, SHIIP can help. SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that provides free, unbiased counseling about Medicare not just to seniors, but also to people on Medicare due to disability.
SHIIP can help you determine if you are eligible for Medicare. You may be eligible for Medicare disability benefits if you are under 65 and:
•You have received Social Security disability benefits for 24 months; or
•You receive a disability annuity from the railroad retirement board and meet certain conditions; or
•You have worked long enough in a government job where Medicare taxes were paid and have met the requirements of the Social Security disability program.
If you have questions about Medicare, contact SHIIP at the N.C. Department of Insurance at 855-408-1212 or visit ncshiip.com.
You can apply for disability benefits at your local Social Security office, apply online at socialsecurity.gov or call toll free 1-800-772-1213 or 1-800-325-0778 (TTY) to make an appointment to file an application.