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    Author: Amy (---.bna.bellsouth.net)

    Date: 05-14-02 04:02

    Hello all,

    I noticed in one of the posts that several of you were interested in disability. The process to get on disability is a long and difficult one, but it can happen over time. First thing is that you can get on and receive disability and still work, as long as you make less than $740.00 a month. Disability once approved is retro-active back to 6 months after you became disabled, this is the last month that you earned less than $740.00 if you worked more hours before hand. Even if you have to try for a year to get on disability they will send you a lump sum check for the monthes that you were not paid. If your EF is 15% or lower you will automatically qualify for disability. Talk to your doctor, ask them for a letter stating that your are no longer able to work on a full-time basis or better yet not at all, your doctor will be a n important key to getting on disability. Get a copy of your medical records, make a copy for yourself, take a copy to the socail security office with you when you apply, that way they can not say that they did not get your records from you doctors. Most people are denied the first try, don't give up, you may have to hire a lawyer, the lawyer will be paid out of the backpay amount. If you are denied and you do have a letter from your doctor, write a letter to every congressman and senator in your state, send a copy of the denial and the doctor's letter, and ask them to tell you why you were denied, this will do more good then you think on getting your claim approved. After being denied for the second time and while waiting for a court date, which is a bout a year wait in my state, I wrote a letter to my senator, he had it approved within 4 weeks! You can get a court date faster on a dire need case, for this you will need a copy of a foreclouser notice or eviction notice, they move a little fast when you are about to become homeless, remember this is the government that you are dealing with! If your income is low enough you can receive SSI payments for 6 months while you are awaiting to get on disability. Now you want to hear something that is just plain wrong, you will not automatically quailfy for medicare until you have been disabiled for 2 years!!!! I think everyone should write their congressmen and senators on that one, if you can't work then how can you have insurance?

    I'd be happy to help anyone out if I can.



    [Re: disability]

    Author: Dora (---.proxy.aol.com)

    Date: 05-14-02 08:19

    Hi Amy,

    You gave some good information. My situation is a little bit different. I was never able to work enough to receive social security,therefore I received SSI. Well I just found out that as of June 1, I am being cut off. I have two boys that are my children and my responsiblity to raise. One of then is also disabled and was receiving SSI. He was cut off as well. The reason we were cut off is that between my husbands income and the support which is only $235 a month that I get for both children, exceeded 2431.80 by only about $75. I can understand them touching my disability, but to take my son's is just not right. My husband is not his father and is not responsible for him. And I would like to know who can live off of $2400 a month raising two children. Oh and they also took my medicate as of next month. I am in the process of possibly getting a Myectomy. I take 5 different medications for my heart, one for depression and one for my hydal hernia. There is no way we can afford to pay for all on my medication. I can't believe they can do this to anybody. I am cursed with a disability that is out of my control and my children have to suffer enough with me not being able to do things with them, now they take our income.

    I have called the senitor's office. They said there is really nothing they can do. I told them yes there is. They can have social security increase the allowed income and also take in consideration if the parent of a child on disability is not in the home anymore. I am appealing the decision. But don't really expect that they are going to approve it for me to continue receiving SSI. The only thing I can do is have my husband move out and file for a seperation. I don't know how I can make it without him, cause I am not able to take care of my house by myself and I don't know how I am going to handle my boys. One is 13 and the other is 11. Both are ADHD.

    Sorry about the long letter, but if you or anybody else out there knows of anything that I can do please let me know.



    [Re: disability]

    Author: Connie (---.proxy.aol.com)

    Date: 05-14-02 08:22

    Hi Amy...Thank you so much for the info on disibility, while Im doing pretty good right now, you can never tell what the future will bring. I did have one question, you said if your EF was 15 % or lower you would auto qualify for disibility....what is an "EF"....im new to this and am not familiar with all the abreviations. Again thanks for the info.......................................Connie


    [Re: disability]

    Author: Laura (---.proxy.aol.com)

    Date: 05-14-02 10:56

    To Connie....

    I tried to e-mail you and the postmaster informs me I cannot with the e-mail you have listed.

    Disability was very easy for me to have received. All I did was fill out the application myself. I never had to get a lawyer and I was never denied. I was very lucky I guess.


    [Re: disability]

    Author: s. beckley -moderator (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

    Date: 05-14-02 13:04


    EF is ejection fraction, the percent of blood that gets kicked out the heart when it beats.

    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.

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