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Offline Peter6836

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SSDI
« on: July 24, 2008, 10:06:47 AM »
Can anyone give me some insight in applying for and collecting SSDI. I have lost my job and am looking into options. I am also looking into possibly getting a disability retirement. I was a teacher. Just some advice would help. I am not sure what to do and looking at all my options. Geting the retirement would at least allow me to keep my benifits. I live in Michigan.
Peter

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: SSDI
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2008, 11:15:43 AM »
Best to apply as soon as possible when you consider the waiting periods and the Medicare-uncovered periods.

Here in New York City, the City acts as the safety net for the SSDI waiting period (typically 2 years but it varies) and the State acts as the safety net for the Medicare-uncovered period (always 2 years).

My case as an example:
SSDI granted March 1, 2006
Medicare granted March 1, 2008

And for perspective ...........
  Applied: Late 2005
  Informed via official notice: December 2007


I hope the above is clear.

Hugs,
AH

Offline denb45

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Re: SSDI
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2008, 11:22:29 AM »
Can anyone give me some insight in applying for and collecting SSDI. I have lost my job and am looking into options. I am also looking into possibly getting a disability retirement. I was a teacher. Just some advice would help. I am not sure what to do and looking at all my options. Geting the retirement would at least allow me to keep my benifits. I live in Michigan.
Peter

It all depends on just how sick you are and what are the effects of your HIV that keeps you from working, here's some real good info on what SSDI looks at as far as determing who actually get's SSDI for having Full Blown AIDS, (see below) Please note, that if you do not have an AIDS diagnoses form your ID Doctor, you will not get SSDI for just having and being HIV+  .......as for getting a disability retirement form your previous employer, I would find out what options are alivable to you as a teacher, your Employers Dept. of Human Resources should be able to tell you just what's alivable to you........................Good Luck  ;D

http://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/14.00-Immune-Adult.htm#immunodeficiency
« Last Edit: July 24, 2008, 11:35:12 AM by denb45 »
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Offline ron7278

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Re: SSDI
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2008, 12:40:45 PM »
I applyed when I was doignosed but I have been battleing with depression for years. I had my hearing a month ago. it took me 9 months but I am still waiting on my aproval

Offline Peter6836

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Re: SSDI
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2008, 02:02:56 PM »
Thanks everyone, your advice is helpful although not paticularly encouraging. My situation is looking dim for now and I am really stressing about it.
Peter

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: SSDI
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2008, 02:11:23 PM »
Well one can think of the waiting period more as a "decision period" or "processing period" or "administrative period" or "investigative period." The word "waiting" has a connotation of lazy governement workers sitting on their hands and I don't think that's the case. Unfortunately, it takes time because the SSA has dealt with a lot of moochers and they have to really find out if someone can't work due to health. Plus I imagine when infection rates rise, so do SSDI claims.

 


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