Can a disabled Teacher qualify for Medicare (Health Insurance) before age 65?
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Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. (ssa.gov) However, as a teacher and a member of CalSTRS you don’t pay into Social Security so you probably wouldn’t get SSDI. Check with CalSTRS, Medicare or Attorney’s.
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The CalSTRS Disability Benefits Guide states that you may qualify for long-term disability benefits if you have a medical condition that will prevent you from working for at least a year. STRS Member Handbook Your CalSTRS retirement benefit or Medicare benefit will not be reduced because of these provisions in Social Security law Nolo’s Guide to Social Security Disability