You may qualify for federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if you cannot work due to disability.
In many states, people who get SSI benefits also get health insurance through Medicaid.
Turning 18 brings benefit changes. About 1 in 3 children with SSI benefits lose them when they turn 18. That is because the program looks at children and adults in different ways.
But some young adults qualify for benefits at 18 even though they did not get them as children. That is because, as children, their benefits were based on their parents’ income. But the SSI program considers people 18 and older to be a household of 1. That applies even if the person lives with their parents.
There are resources to help. A hospital social worker may help you apply for services.