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I believe it is covered under the state Medicaid plan here in MN. Check w/ Medicare, too. I believe the once a person has been determined to be disabled for one year by the Social Security Administration (you are considered disabled if you are receiving SSI) they become eligible for Medicare. The "start" date of your disability would be the date they began payment, not the date you received your first check. That means if you received back payment for six months while you were in the midst of an appeal, your "start" date of your disability would be six months before you even received your first check. At the point you are eligible for Medicare it becomes your primary insurance and Medicaid picks up covered services that are not paid for by Medicare. Maybe WLS will be an option the once you hit that one year mark and become eligible for Medicare???