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#1 Peggy

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 04:42 AM

Great News................I just got a telephone call from Social Security that my disability application for Social Security has been approved!!!!!!

I just filed in December and the fact that it is already approved is great. I am thrilled but I also wonder just what there is in my medical records that got this approved so fast. I am just thankful being I haven't been able to work and to have this go through is a big relief. I also know there are a ton of people who have to go trough multiple appeals. So my advice, don't hesitate if you are unable to work because of this nasty disease to try and get disability. Sclero is listed as one of the diseases that should be approved due to the nature of the disease.

Warm hugs from Minnesota.

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 04:56 AM

Oh Peggy, this is wonderful!!!!!

I have been thinking of applying for over a year. I just don't know if I'm up for the battle!

I'm so happy for you!
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Posted 22 January 2008 - 05:57 AM

Hi Peggy,

I am so happy for you. My experience with Social Security was similar to yours. My Social Security Disability was approved the first time and only took 1 1/2 months.

I am not recommending anyone try this on their own. Most should not even start the process (at all) until you have talked to a disability lawyer.

However, our experiences were unusual, and I believe there is something to be learned from them.

I believe the key is to get your doctor(s) to take the time to do their reports correctly including your scleroderma diagnosis. This is very important because sceloroderma is on the Social Security Disability List of diseases that are presumed to be disabling, so the process for approval is faster (the handbook that is used to approve claims is on their website at http://www.socialsec...ubs/10029.html). Also, make sure to provide them copies of your medical records.

I bought a book written by a lawyer that explained what information was required and even provided forms. After gathering the required information I applied on line at http://s044a90.ssa.g.../ISBA/main.html

I had one in person interview. I received my approval a month and a half later.

I believe that my approval was fast because I applied on-line, provided all the necessary information, and because scleroderma/systemic sclerosis is on the "List of Impairments that describes medical conditions that are considered so
severe that they automatically mean that you are disabled as defined by law".

Hope this helps others who needs to apply.
Ron

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 06:10 AM

Hi Peggy~

That is WONDERFUL news! I am really happy for you. Hopefully things are changing with the approval process.
Take care and stay warm,

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 07:06 AM

I am so glad you got approved for disability, Peggy!

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 02:17 PM

That's great Peggy, I'm so glad this worked out for you!!
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 03:33 PM

Hi Peggy ,

Congratulations!!! That has got to be a big load off your mind.

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 22 January 2008 - 03:58 PM

YAY Peggy!! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

I applied back in '92 and it took 5 years and a lawyer and an appeal ... things have changed since then.

Best of luck!!

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 06:46 PM

Peggy,
This must be a record!!!! Congratulations! I'm sure it's HUGE load off your shoulders.

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 06:05 AM

I do believe this is a record and I still can't believe it. Does anyone know when a person can get on Medicare? And if so, is a person with sclero better off on Medicare and a Medicare Supplement than they are being on say thier husband's major medical insurance like I have now?

Thanks and warm hugs from Minnesota.

Peggy

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 11:20 AM

Dear Peggy,

That's great! Thanks for keeping us informed and inspired. My question is, can you work part-time if you are on Social Security disability? I don't know that I'd want/need to not work at all, I'd like to have the option. What do you know/think?
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Posted 23 January 2008 - 01:41 PM

Congrats!!!

Peggy that must be a huge relief for you! As for the insurance you would have to compare the ebenfits and see which one is best for you. Iahve Medicare A only and I am covered by my husband's insurance too. It was much cheaper and better coverage this way. Look over the benefits carefully.

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#13 Peggy

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 02:00 PM

I guess I can work but I'm not able to earn more than $605.00 a month. If I do then that nullifies and you have to pay it back and I assume you would no longer be on disability. I guess they allow you to work a little in case you are able and you want to get out. Right now I'm not able to work at all but it's nice to know if down the road I am able that I can do something small.

Does anyone know when you can get on Medicare and how soon?

Warm hugs from Minnesota.

Peggy

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 03:01 PM

Peggy:

To get the Medicare, I thought you had to be on SSI. It was explained to me that you couldn't have more than 10,000 in the bank to quality for SSI.

I applied for SSA, which does not include Medicare as far as I know. If you find out, let me know because if approved and put on COBRA, that runs out at some point and costs big bucks.
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Posted 23 January 2008 - 07:45 PM

Great news, Peggy! It must be a tremendous load off your mind.
Warm wishes,
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#16 Peggy

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 06:42 AM

In speaking with the Social Security gentleman he said that once a person is approved for Social Security they are able to apply for Medicare two years later. What that means is that they would be covered under Part A and B of Medicare and a person would pick up a supplement to pick up the 20% that medicare doesn't cover and also pick up a Medicare Part D that pays for the medication.

I just want to make sure that I'm not eligible for Medicare right away and I will have to take his word for it. Once I'm able to get on Medicare then the question will be is it better to be on Medicare and supplement or stay on my husband's plan. If Medicare is just as good then we could drop his coverage down to a single coverage instead of family and save a huge amount of money in premium.

If anyone knows of different info than this please let me know.!

Thanks and warm hugs from Minnesota.

Peggy

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 05:47 PM

:D Congratulations, Peggy! It's great that you were approved and didn't have to go through hoops to get it.

I was just awarded in November. I was glad to get it, but I still wish I could work. I loved my job ad hated realizing that I could not longer do it as it needed to be done. It wasn't good for me physically. I wasn't good for my position any more.

I actually know and understand the Medicare thing, but can't put it in words right now. It's late and my brain starts shutting down at 8:00 p.m. Oh, did I mention that's part of the 50 thing I don't care for?? ;)

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 09:54 PM

I must admit, for a Government thing, they're moving pretty fast on mine too. I filed in December and they sent me a notice yesterday that all physicians were contacted and information collected with the exception of three. They had asked me to contact them as soon as possible to send in their information, or their decision would be made without it.

I, personally, have not be contacted for a one on one interview. I don't know that everyone is. I know they are not aware of the upcoming surgery for Thursday. Should I contact Disability to clue them in on the additional medical circumstances?
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