Hepatitis patients become so critically ill that they
can no longer work. They can go through their savings
quickly, especially those who are on REBETRON or
people effected by Hepatitis viruses are dependent on
their salaries to live and survive. They do not have
working spouses or family members to depend on. If
they don't work, they don't eat. Some can loose their
homes, cars and children.
issues are common for chronically ill patients to deal
with. Especially when medical bills grow faster than
is one of the reasons that the Social Security
Administration has two programs: the Social Security
disability insurance program and the Supplemental
Security Income (SSI) program.
most people, the medical requirements for disability
payments are the same under both programs and a
person's disability is determined by the same process.
eligibility for Social Security disability is based on
prior work which contributed to your own Social
Security account, SSI disability payments are made on
the basis of financial need.
are other differences in the eligibility rules for the
two programs. They have a booklet that deals primarily
with the Social Security disability insurance program.
For information on SSI disability payments, ask at any
Social Security office for the booklet, SSI
(Publication No. 05-11000).
information is available online at: http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/11000.html
Social Security's Toll-Free Number is: 1-800-772-1213
main web page is found at: http://www.ssa.gov/
who have Hepatitis B and C are not always able to
receive SSI on the first try. Often Hepatitis infected
people are turned down unless they can prove that they
have an infection that is so sever that they are no
longer able to work. Applicants who have experienced
depression have a better chance of being accepted than
Hepatitis C patients go through so many difficulties
and denials when applying for disability insurance,
there is a petition that Kathryn Morse began that you
can sign. This petition will go to Mr. Kenneth Apfel,
the Commissioner of the Social Security
Administration. over 4000 people have signed this very
is recommended that any applicant who is trying to get
SSI or Disability should get a copy of their medical
records before applying. This reduces the delay time
because they will have the information, instead of
waiting while they request the information from your
health care providers.
you do apply and are denied, it is best to get a
lawyer who specializes in disabilities and reapply.
Most Hepatitis patients are denied the first time, so
Your Claim Is Denied:
your claim is denied or you disagree with any part of
their decision, you may appeal the decision. The
Social Security office will help you complete the
have 60 days from the time you receive our letter to
file an appeal. They assume that you receive the
letter with the denial decision five days after the
date on it, unless you can show them that you received
more information about appeals, ask for the factsheet,
The Appeals Process (Publication No. 05-10041).
can read about it online at: http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10041.html
excellent site for info is at: http://www2.rpa.net/~lrandall/disabled.html
you must fight for your rights, even when you have no
strength to fight with. Good Luck and remember to try
not to stress out!