Disability Benefits and Health Insurance Options | Heart Disease and Stroke

If you are a heart disease or stroke survivor, you may need to know if you’re eligible for disability benefits and what health insurance options are available. The information below will help you get started.

Social Security Disability Benefits and Medicare

If you have a medical condition that is expected to prevent you from working for at least one year or result in death, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. People who qualify will receive a monthly financial benefit. People who receive disability benefits for at least 24 months also can enroll in Medicare at any age.

To learn more about Social Security disability benefits or to find out if you’re eligible to enroll in Medicare, contact your local Social Security Office or apply online or call (800) 772-1213. 

People with severe disabilities, including several heart conditions, may qualify for Social Security’s Compassionate Allowances program. It provides a faster path to disability benefits for patients with certain life-threatening conditions.


Depending on your income and the state where you live, Medicaid provides free or low-cost coverage for people with disabilities. Medicaid is a partnership between state and federal governments that provides coverage for medical services to certain individuals and families who have low incomes. Find your state’s Medicaid program. Individual eligibility for Medicaid can be determined by submitting a short application through your state’s Health Insurance Marketplace.