Over time, people affected by pulmonary hypertension (PH) may transition from one type of health insurance to another based on eligibility. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) has resources to help you understand and navigate those transitions.

Most young adults must leave their parent’s health insurance at 26, and older adults will need to navigate Medicare coverage options at age 65. If they can’t continue working, people with PH might face transitions between employer-provided health insurance and health insurance marketplace coverage while applying for Social Security Disability Assistance and waiting for approval. Then, after receiving SSD for two years, they become eligible for Medicare regardless of age.

PHA’s Insurance 101 page outlines the basic health insurance options in the United States and where to learn more.

PHA’s guide to Social Security Disability Insurance provides information on the disability determination process, steps to increase your likelihood of success and what to do next if your initial application is denied.

The Medicare Basics pages include information on how and when to apply for Medicare, types of Medicare coverage and questions to consider when choosing coverage.

Contact PHA’s Treatment Access Program , or call 301-565-3004 x749.

PHA thanks Actelion Pharmaceuticals U.S. Inc. for supporting the Treatment Access Program.