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Posted by Diane A. on December 19, 2000 at 11:12:43:

In Reply to: epilepsy/SSI disability posted by jodi on December 07, 2000 at 19:25:50:

Back in 1996, my husband who has refractory epilepsy applied for disability and got approved within two weeks. (We think the reason he got approved the first time around was because he happened to have a seizure while being interviewed by the SSI people). However, there was a catch. Since he did not have enough "work credits" or whatever they call them, they had to base it on my salary (which was then only $15,000 a year before taxes) and, therefore, he only was able to receive a little over $18 (eighteen dollars) a month. He received this for six months and then they wanted all the paperwork to review his case again and by then I had received a raise and by that time his benefits were only $11.82 per month. He decided not to bother with it again. It is 2000 now and I called the SSI office again about my husband. They still have my husband's chart on file; however, I now make $19,000 a year before taxes and that places him way out of contention for receiving benefits. I can tell you the other two reasons (besides him not working enough) why he did not get sh** in benefits: 1) We don't have kids and; 2) We're married. They told my husband if he was single that he would receive benefits of $537 a month.

Sorry, but I needed to be honest about my husband's SSI experience. I'm not trying to discourage you, but that is the way SSI works in Oklahoma.

Diane A.

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