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Re: SSI,anyone else having trouble getting it.

Re: SSI,anyone else having trouble getting it.

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Posted by thanbey on May 11, 2000 at 04:22:06:

In Reply to: Re: SSI,anyone else having trouble getting it. posted by kc on May 10, 2000 at 23:13:32:

: : : Hi, I'm new here, My husband has hcv 1a. been on combo treatment for 21/2 months. trying to get SSI was denided, now we must appeal, has anyone else done this?

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: : Dear kc,

: :
: : What is the basis of your claim? SSI does not grant disabilty unless there are serious physical evidences of advanced liver disease. The diagnosis itself is not sufficient.

: : SSI does deny almost every first claim. You must appeal and pursue the claim.

: : If your husband is a Vietnam Era Veteran or a Vietnam Veteran, you may also have a claim with the VA.

: : For more detailed information contact info@hcop.org.

: : I hope this helps.

: Thanks, this sort of helps. Gary is not a Veteran,he is a construction worker mostly conceret and the combo is just kicking his bottom. so he has no income, the meds are making it unalbe for him to work. we just think
: ssi should be able to help just for awhile. we understand it a hard thing to get.

kc,

SSI is not the program for you. That program takes income and assets into account. You must be totally and permanently disabled to take advantage of it.

Try your state disability programs. They can, and often do, help a worker on a temporary disability. Also, check to see what disability plans his employer may have.

This is a situation that is very common with the treatments. Doctors should work with their patients to let them know that this is a possibility. With proper planning, a paitients can obtain long term disability insurance and wait to undertake treatment until they have qualified under the plan.
Treatment can be posponed for a long time, because HCV is not often an emergency situation. People can wait until financial, family and employment situations are optimum.

Viral load is not necessarily indication for immediate treatment, just so you know. Neither is his genotype.

I hope this helps,

thanbey

www.hcop.org


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