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Probably not, turning 65 is one way to qualify for Medicare and so is getting SSDI – Social Security Disability for two years and then getting Medicare. Medicare

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. ( 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.

You might qualify under your spouse’s Social Security benefits???  Auxilary Benefits as a spouse of an insured worker – Nolo Excerpt

CalSTRS Publications & Medicare & Social Security

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

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10 comments on “California Teachers & Social Security Disability

  1. I was a teacher I applied for SSDI through Allsup. Disability Services

    I was approved as 100 percent disabled but was only awarded Medicare ( which I do not want! Because I had Tricare military benefits which are great but would then become secondary to medicare ).

    Can I refuse Medicare?

  2. I have 10 years of service and am receiving Ca lStrs Disability.

    I worked 20 years prior to teaching

    Can I also collect state disability?

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