Social Security and Obamacare

With the implementation of health care reforming proceeding under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), the Department of Health and Human Services recently published a Federal Register notice of a computer match with SSA to obtain certain information. Obtaining this information may lead to more Social Security disability beneficiaries becoming eligible for health insurance coverage, especially during the 24-month waiting period.

The Affordable Care Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a program for determining eligibility for certain Insurance Affordability Programs and an online system for verification of eligibility. The date provided by the Social Security Administration to the Health and Human Services Centers, will be used to make initial eligibility determinations and other eligibility determinations. These include:

1. Qualified Health Plans through an exchange established under Obamacare.
2. Advance payments of the premium tax credit and cost sharing reductions.
3. Medicaid.
4. Children’s Health Insurance Program.
5. Basic Health Program.

According to the notice, SSA will provide the Center for Medicare Services with the following information when relevant, including: Social Security number verification; documentation of finding of disability under Title II; monthly and annual Social Security Title II Benefit information; quarters of coverage and confirmation that an allegation of citizenship is consistent with SSA records.

According to Ft. Lauderdale Social Security Disability Attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq., the impact of Obamacare on Social Security Disability; Medicare and the entire health care is a work in progress, with many coming years of uncertainties.