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Offline Peter6836

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Disability Insurance
« on: April 27, 2007, 08:15:55 AM »
Hi I live in Michigan and am 52 yrs old. I was just diagnosed in December. I was wondering if anyone knows if I can get disability at this point.

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Re: Disability Insurance
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2007, 08:31:54 AM »
this is a wide open topic with no information about your condition.

To be disabled, you have to show that you cannot work. An HIV diagnosis is not in itself disabling. Essentially, if you can work, your not disabled.

You must be very careful here. Because with treatment you may be then qualified to go back to work, which means being removed from disability status.

There are resources at thebody.com that answers questions about disability and insurance, I suggest you look there to get additional information in general. Then you will need to see what the rules are in your state and in your companies insurance if you are working.

If you are looking for Social Security Disability, I do not know what the process is for that, but you should be able to obtain what the rules are for gaining this status.

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Offline Peter6836

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Re: Disability Insurance
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2007, 09:21:54 AM »
Sorry, more information. I am working full time at the same job I have been in for the last 20 yrs I have never been on disability. I was diagnosed in December and hospitalized, (AIDS). I am now healthy with rising CD4 counts and dropping viral loads. I would like to get individually funded Disability Insurance in case I ever get sick again. (That sounds rather odd, but hell I may not.) I would rather not have to go on government funded disability, or have to rely on social security if I could.

Offline Peter6836

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Re: Disability Insurance
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2007, 10:08:56 AM »
Thank you for the response. I have no problem collecting Social Security Benifits if that becomes necessary. I am just trying to be proactive and look ahead. I would like to continue the lifestyle that I have at this time even if I become ill.

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Disability Insurance
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2007, 10:39:11 AM »

If you are well enough to keep working, please do.   Being on disability is nothing to strive for, believe me.

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Offline Peter6836

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Re: Disability Insurance
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2007, 12:10:07 PM »
I plan on working, until I retire. It is just that as of late, my X wife and children have been inquiring about my life insurance and all. It has angered me. I feel like they are being vultures sitting on a fence waiting for me to kick. I was attempting to be aware of my options. I am doing well am healthy and have no desire to stop working. I do not want to go on disability, I just do not want to have to rely on anyone else if I can avoid it. Also I do not want anyone to say that I was or am incapable of handling my own affairs.

Offline SirPrize

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Re: Disability Insurance
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2007, 01:05:48 PM »
Disability Insurance is a tricky business these days and I urge everyone to edify themselves as much as possible should the need to apply ever become a reality.  Being HIV + (or having AIDS for that matter) does not necessarily qualify someone as being disabled (click on the link below to read more).  Anyone with a chronic illness will do themselves a favor by becoming familiar with the disability processes.  There are different requirements for private plans vs. the government sponsored plan.

It's sort of like preparing for your funeral; nobody likes to think about it, but if you do your homework early you, and in your case your family, will be better prepared for the onslaught of paperwork, maneuvering through the system, medical file needs, do you need a lawyer, etc., etc.  I commend you for wanting to know more!

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Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: Disability Insurance
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2007, 01:54:00 PM »
Hey Peter,

Social Security amounts are based on your best 10 years earnings.  It is not uncommon for a disabled person to be living on less than $1,000.00 per month.  The first year of disability is paid at the state level and the income is almost acceptable.  And after that year... there is nothing...

Is your housine situation secure?  HOPWA, Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS is an available assistance funded by HUD.

If you live in a Title I EMA, you are able to get temporary emergency housing (hotel and meal vouchers for 28 days).  A move-in grant which can cover first months rent (at levels acceptable to the Housing Authority) and Security Deposit.

If you live in a Title II EMA, you can get about enough to cover 1 months rent or get a utility bill paid.  HUD makes these funds available each year in June or July but in a Title II EMA, those funds are held by your state and if the state budget is not approved and signed by the Governor, those funds are held until the state budget is approved.

A wise Case Manager told me once not to depend upon HOPWA as if at some point HUD should decide to put all funds into low-income housing, assistance will be terminated.  The call it the "E" word,.. there is no entitlement.

Living on disability is doing without and the only way that changes is if you make do for yourself.  I spent almost 11 years with AIDS and on disability.  I have begged and borrowed from almost everyone on the planet and finally opened my own business.  I do what I used to do before AIDS, only independently as no company will hire a person with 11 years of nothing on their current resume.  Have the best day
« Last Edit: April 27, 2007, 01:58:09 PM by Sonomabeach »


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