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How does someone apply for disability pay and medical care from the government?
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Default How does someone apply for disability pay and medical care from the government? - 01-13-2009, 11:02 PM

I'm wondering how you go about getting disability pay and free medical care from the government like for regular people with diagnosed mental disorders who are basically unable to perform duties and keep a job and for veterans of wars? I've read that's it's a complicated process with lots of forms and you have to send back yet another different set of forms to appeal your rejection, which is all but granted the first time you apply. Anyone have experience with this?
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Default 01-16-2009, 06:31 AM

Yes, it can be lengthy. You call your local social security office and tell them you want to apply for disability. A person usually talks with you on the phone and also sends you paperwork - alot of questions. You really need the support of a doctor - a doctor who will write that you cannot work due to mental health. The disability people turn to the doctor - so it is really important that you have the backing of the doc.Sometimes it takes as little as 4 months - to as long as 3 years, depending on how sick you are and what the doctor says. It is wise to get a lawyer who specializes in disability. Most of them will not charge anything unless you are granted the diability benefits.There are 3"rounds."They can deny you the first time, then you reappply/appeal; then they can deny you the second and re reappply/appeal - then the third time if they deny you, you can take it to the judge and the judge makes the determination. That is why it can take so long.I received mine on the second time. I had a letter from my doctor, two therapists, friends, pastor and mom. I also secured a disability lawyer just in case.I don't know how the Veteren's work - but surely if you call someone at the VA, they can guide you.Good luck and be patient and persistent!
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Default 07-05-2009, 03:14 AM

I am currently disabled for a mental illness. My doctor encouraged me to apply so I went to social security disability, they gave me the paper work, I filled it out, got all the paper work together for my doctors. My doctors filled out what they needed to , I put it all together and submitted it. Everyone told me I would get denied my first time but I did not i was accepted the first time. After one year I am then qualified for Medicaid.
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Default 12-03-2012, 08:04 AM

Hello Friends,

You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. It can take a long time to process an application for disability benefits (three to five months). To apply for disability benefits, you will need to complete an application for Social Security benefits and the Adult Disability Report. You can complete the Adult Disability Report. You also can print the Adult Disability Report, complete it and return it to your local Social Security office. We may be able to process your application faster if you help us by getting any other information we need.
The information we need includes:
1. Your Social Security number;
2. Your birth or baptismal certificate;
3. Names, addresses and phone numbers of the doctors, caseworkers, hospitals and clinics that took care of you and dates of your visits;
4. Names and dosage of all the medicine you take;
5. Medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics and caseworkers that you already have in your possession;
6. Laboratory and test results;
7. A summary of where you worked and the kind of work you did; and
8. A copy of your most recent W-2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement) or, if you are self-employed, your federal tax return for the past year.
In addition to the basic application for disability benefits, there are other forms you will need to fill out. One form collects information about your medical condition and how it affects your ability to work. Other forms give doctors, hospitals and other health care professionals who have treated you permission to send us information about your medical condition.
Do not delay applying for benefits if you cannot get all of this information together quickly. We will help you get it.

Thanks and Regards,
Lucy James
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