Social Security Disability

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  1. RetiredGySgt
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    The backlog is getting bigger and longer. Most people are turned down on first application and have to appeal and most of them have to hire someone to help with the appeal.

    What ever my doctors wrote for me in 99 got me approved on the first try so I was one of the lucky ones. And of course to boot my disability is one of the harder ones to normally prove.

    I guess all those hospital visits for 4 years helped show I had a problem.

    Social Security clogged with disability claims
     
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    editec Mr. Forgot-it-All

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    I'm not surprised the backlog is growing.

    We're getting older as people and so more of us are disabled.

    You want a real hoot try getting OFF SSD once you're on it.

    Nobody wants to hire anyone who might become a burden on their organizations HEALTH CARE GROUP RATES.

    I cannot blame these potential employers for not hiring somebody who had a long term illness.

    But damn! that means that a greater and greater number of people on SSD would get off if they could, cannot get off it.

    Here we see one of the problems with our current HC delivery system.

    I've been trying to find a job suited to my "skill sets" for years.

    I think having created an internationally known website site (with no money folks...seriously. with NO MONEY) should be evidence that I must have SOME business skills in this field, right?

    AFter all, I've beaten a similar well heeled (thanks to the NSF grant which YOU guys paid for) organization which started out with $4.4 million dollars and STILL I get no respect.

    And you know...I cannot blame any for profit publishing organization for shying away from hiring me.

    My health history is too scary for most employers.

    Now multiply me by millions of people in similar situations and this society is losing not only our abilities in the work force, but the billions it costs to keep us living in near poverty, too.
     
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    Last review I had the doctor recommended I be placed on Permanent disability. That was quite a while back, no reviews since his.
     
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    We have a program called EPD which is for disabled people who are working. The amount you can make and retain your plus medical is hugely increased, plus there are funds to help with costs incurred by working. For example, transportation (if you need special transportation, or even public transportation) and special equipment. Additionally, there are ways to move resources in this program so they aren't counted against you, so you can actually have a RETIREMENT fund.

    It's a great program. I don't know if it's a state one or federal.
     
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    Do you FEEL permanently disabled?

    If not then keep trying is my advise.

    You're obviously as miserable sitting on your ass not contributing to your maximum potential as I am.
     
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    I am in a situation like editec. I had a job with a large company that provided health insurance. They are self-insured. In the same month I got a service award from the president of the company and a diagnosis of a tumor in my pancreas. By the end of the month I was terminated for 'insubordination', without an explanation of the reason. The only order I refused was that when I was the one to skip a visit to an endocrinologist. I had waited almost 2 months and couldn't see a reason to skip it, even though the boss wanted me to. Despite being told that health records were confidential and not seen by anyone at the company, the two executives at my exit interview knew more about my health than I had told anyone.
    I applied twice to SS and have been denied once without a reason. In addition, the company, when contacted for a reference, mentions nothing about my years of service, company awards, ect. Instead they have told potential employers that they would not rehire me due to me being insubordinate and 'excessive employee maintainence costs'. In addition, they have told potential employers that I am classified as disabled, which, if true would seem to indicate that I am elegible for benefits. I was also denied COBRA (even though I would not have been able to afford it) by the company delaying notifying me about it for 8 months, long after eligibility time. I reported them, but was told there is NO money for enforcement for enforcing COBRA laws.
    I had a heart attack last month and had to spend time in a hospital, with no insurance. The hospital and doctors have all sent me to collections. The state says they have a program to co0ver me but in order to get that coverage I have to sue SS and assign them a chunk of the settlement if I win.
    On top of everything else, the child support people (court)in NY, where my children live, will not accept my petition to modify my support payments. Obviosly I have not been able to pay them dues to health issues. the day before I had the HA, I attended a hearing by phone with them. The outcome was that the feminazi judge said thwe state was in a budget crunch and could not reduce any payments at this time. !?! She issued a warrant to arrest me. Yep, she sent (AZ)sherrifs deputies from my state to arrest me, they found me in a hospital bed and simply would not do it. When I was released, the sherrif himself came, helped me carry stuff, and told me they would not act on the warrant until I was released by my doctor. He urged me to take it to court again and could not believe the judge in NY told me that in court. I got him a transcript, he framed it and has it hanging in his office. The judge in NY issued another warrant for me, and issued a complaint with the AZ attorney general against the sherriff.
    The lawyer that is helping me (pro-bono) with the disability claim tells me it takes most people from 2 to 3 years to "win" SS benefits, some die first.
    So i was f**ked over by an international corp, with tacit aproval from the government. The government benefits that I worked for and paid into for over 30 years are not available to me, a policy of the government. Even though I can clearly demonstrate a severe change in circumstance, I am denied the right to due process, because the government says they can't afford to make a change downward.
    My government loved me when I was healthy and able to pay all their taxes, as well as child support. Now that I have virtually no income, and health issues, my government hates me. The government policies appear to want to cause me to be sued for medical and other bills, denies me the benefits that I was promised to induce me to pay for them for years withholding the money from my paychecks for years. And most importantly, my government has classified me as a criminal without the benefit of due process.
    Count me in the number that hates our current government without regard to political party.
    I wish I was healthier, I could easily become another Eric Rudolph.........
     
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    Ouch.
     
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    Yes, I'm enrolled in that. The wait time for assistance -- if you're a priority claimant! -- hereabouts is 9 months before you can talk to a coucilor.

    All I know is I picked a truly bad time to get well enough to go back to paying work.
     
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    Holy cow!
    It's not that long here...and no counselor involved...SPD workers are responsible for it.
     

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