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Hi~ Got a letter today stating that the ALJ determined that I meet the medical requirements for SSI.   That's the good news. Bad or iffy news is that I might make too much in child support for me to get any financial help.  Does anyone have info on if your only income is CS and loans from someone else, is that counted as income?  Frustrating! :nervous:


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Hi CarriePan,

 

I may be wrong, I often am, but there are two different issues here. One is the difference between SSI and SSDIB. 

 

SSI is specifically for low income so they would probably count all your income sources, including child support. 

 

SSDIB (Social Security Disability), which is what I am pretty sure you are going through, limits the amount of money that you can earn from working a job, but it does not have any limitation for "passive income", such as from child support or investments, or loans.

 

Therefore, my best guess and hope is that congratulations are in order for you! :emoticons-yes:

 

:emoticons-group-hug:


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Shelley, I'm fighting for SSI :nervous:  This whole process is so messed up. You are classified as being disabled yet you need to fight for help...I just don't get it!


CarriePan :fairy:

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Hi CarriePan,

 

Check with your attorney. I've read some sources online that say child support is not counted for SSI, but I can't vouch for them as being reliable sources and I didn't see direct mention of it on the SSI website and they have a variety of income exclusions.

 

Logically, you'd think that the income is intended for the child's support, not yours, so that it would not be counted, but SSI is also a needs-based program so it is different in a lot of ways from SSDIB.

 

:emoticons-group-hug:


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Hi,

 

So I called the number on my full approval letter to SS. I left a message because it went straight to voicemail. The message says...please leave ONE message and I will get back to you within a WEEK!  Seriously? This is for determining the monthly payments if any.  I find this rather disturbing since they are playing with our lives. Shaking my head. :wacko:


CarriePan :fairy:

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The caseworker called today! Yippee! She said she will mail me a letter stating how much money I will get and when it will begin. Could this be GOOD NEWS? :emoticon-dont-know:


CarriePan :fairy:

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Hi CarriePan,

 

I'm in the UK, so I haven't been able to give you any helpful advice (Amanda's explained very well exactly how our system for disability allowance is worked out) but I've got fingers and toes crossed for you, hoping that you have good news coming very soon!! :yes:

 

Kind regards,


Jo Frowde

ISN Assistant Webmaster

SD World Webmaster

ISN Sclero Forums Manager

ISN News Manager

ISN Hotline Support Specialist

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International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Thank you all for the encouragement and kind words. As we all know this is rather frustrating. Hope you all are doing well.


CarriePan :fairy:

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Hi CarriePan,

 

I've been crossing my fingers and toes for you, for a few days now.  It makes it a bit challenging to walk and to type, so I sure hope you get some good news in the mail soon!

 

:emoticons-group-hug:


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Ron, thanks for the booklet. I just downloaded and will help me a lot.

 

All, really good discussion.


Kind regards,

 

Kamlesh

 

 

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Hey Shelley, Still nothing as of today. Wow they sure take their time don't they??? Ya think it's good news if they are taking this long on the money part of it??

Carr~


CarriePan :fairy:

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Hi CarriePan,

 

If you provided them with direct deposit information, it's possible you might notice a bank deposit before you receive an approval letter.

 

I've heard that it generally takes a month or two, sometimes even longer, to receive the letter after an ALJ (Administrative Law Judge) hearing.

 

:emoticons-group-hug:


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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I got my fully favorable decision in May 2011 (after ALJ) and my first payment in October, the balance (past years) by November.  I think the delay on mine was because of the issues of living outside of the USA.  


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

Carrie Maddoux

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

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Hi...Yay Jefa!  Ohhhhhhhhh I got it!! YAY ME!!

 

Finally after 3 years.  I got a deposit but no letter yet. Still can't believe it's real. 

 

Hope ya'll are doing ok.


CarriePan :fairy:

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Great news, CarriePan!!!

 

Doing the Happy Dance for you....

 

:emoticons-line-dance:  :emoticons-line-dance:  :emoticons-line-dance:

 

miocean


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What fantastic news, CarriePan!!! :emoticons-yes:

 

I'm so pleased for you!!

 

:emoticons-line-dance: :emoticons-line-dance:


Jo Frowde

ISN Assistant Webmaster

SD World Webmaster

ISN Sclero Forums Manager

ISN News Manager

ISN Hotline Support Specialist

ISN Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi CarriePan,

 

How fantastic!  What a relief, eh?  I'm going to join the Sclero Happy Dance over this!

 

:emoticons-line-dance: :emoticons-line-dance: :emoticons-line-dance:


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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