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Thread: Benefits for People with Disability

  1. #11
    Tami--I'm very sorry to hear this difficult and sad dx for your daughter. On the plus side, as long as your daughter worked and paid into the SS system prior to her injury, she'll be entitled to her benefits, know as Social Security Disability Income. These benefits become effective five months following injury. I would imagine the hospital social worker has already assisted your daughter in making application for both SSDI and/or SSI? Sadly though, SSDI is only the income portion of benefits. Her medical (Medicare), requires a TWO year waiting period, that does not start until after her five month SSDI period ends. Your daughter should discuss her situation with the a social worker to see if she fits the income guidelines for MEDICAID--a medical insurance program for low income individuals.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    My daughter hasn't recieved her soc. sec. and has no income she is 25 with no children. The Dr. did an MRI and said she had a Syrnex and had to get it fixed, and when we called her surgeon and said she had no insurance or job they said that was a problem.

    I don't know what to do, she is waiting for her hearing date for soc. sec. and her mood is very low.
    She has had a cold and coughing isn't helping he problem and I am very worried.
    I want to scream at the system!
    If anyone knows where we can go, please let me know, we live about one hour from St. Louis or three from Sprinfield Il. but I will take her anywhere.

    Thank you

  2. #12
    can i receive ssi and ssdi

  3. #13
    myer - in some circumstances you can receive both at the same time.

    The only way to get both SSDI and SSI is for your SSDI benefits to be less than the Federal Benefit Rate (FBR).

  4. #14
    The rehab hospital that my son was in is sending an application to ma in WI. As I work for the county that we reside in I know that my husbands and my income & assets are included for MA here. My son is 20 injured 12/6/11 SCI incomplete T5T6 and unable to work. He will be attending college next year in MN. My question is does MA then send the information on to social security and if so what type and how will this effect his applying for college finances.

  5. #15
    Since my last post my son is now getting SSI. He is a high school graduate and enrolled in college this fall in a neighboring state. This school has tunnels above and below ground so very accessible for wheelchairs. My question is does anyone know if the department of vocational rehabilitation is hard to be accepted too? He had an appt almost two months ago and the DVR specialist stated that he may or may not be accepted and if not he will be put on a waiting list. He is contacting the college about student and parent loans too.

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Mom15 View Post
    Since my last post my son is now getting SSI. He is a high school graduate and enrolled in college this fall in a neighboring state. This school has tunnels above and below ground so very accessible for wheelchairs. My question is does anyone know if the department of vocational rehabilitation is hard to be accepted too? He had an appt almost two months ago and the DVR specialist stated that he may or may not be accepted and if not he will be put on a waiting list. He is contacting the college about student and parent loans too.
    If he is on SSI and has a SCI I don't think VR would decline him. If they do go above whoever says that and appeal the decision. Don't forget to apply for scholarships at the school. The deadline for Fall 2012 is probably past but keep it in mind for next year. He needs to apply for Federal Student Aid, today! I'm not sure if he is living at home and considered your dependent? I don't know your [his parents] income situation. He may qualify for a Pell grant that could cover a great deal if not all of his school costs. VR pays so much per credit hrs too. Here is a link for federal financial aid. Fill it out asap if you haven't already. If you have any questions feel free to PM me.

    http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
    Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

  7. #17
    Thank you November,
    We did already do the fasa and he does not qualify for grants. DVR said they hopefully will know by the end of next week. He has been diligent in applying for whatever he can. Would he apply for federal student aid online with the college?

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Mom15 View Post
    Thank you November,
    We did already do the fasa and he does not qualify for grants. DVR said they hopefully will know by the end of next week. He has been diligent in applying for whatever he can. Would he apply for federal student aid online with the college?
    I'm not sure I understand your question. The federal student aid is FAFSA. When you filled out the FAFSA you did list his college I assume.
    Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

  9. #19
    yes, we did the FAFSA. The school is sending information to him. Sorry about the confusion. The FAFSA stated that he was not eligible for the Pell Grant.

  10. #20
    Has he thought about going to a school in the state you live in? At least for the first two years. Is there any possibility of him getting his own place so your income doesn't disqualify him from some assistance?
    Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

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