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Qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits does not automatically entitle you to food stamps, housing assistance, health insurance for your family, or other assistance programs. If you get Social Security Disability benefits for more than twenty-four months (including past months), you will be eligible for Medicare health insurance, but your family will not.
Assistance for the Whole Family
With the onset of your disability, your family’s income is likely to have gone down, so it’s possible that you and your family might be eligible for food stamps or other help from governmental agencies or private non-profit organizations.
To see what is available, you might start by checking with your state or county health and human services department. Also, many states and counties have free referral services to connect you with organizations that can help you. The referral services are often accessed by dialing 211 on your telephone. The blue pages in phone books also list assistance agencies and organizations, usually organized by the type of assistance you seek. You also might search online for help available in your geographic area. For example, for help with your heating bill, you might search “energy assistance” and the name of the city or county in which you live. Additionally, your local Social Security office may have a list of helping agencies.
For information about qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits, please see our articles “What Is Disability According to Social Security Law?” and “How Do I File an Application for Social Security Disability Benefits?” For additional information about Medicare, please see “If I Am Approved for Social Security Disability, Will I get Medicare and Medicaid Health Insurance?”