Life does not come easy for Philadelphia residents who are struggling with a serious disease. An illness can impact virtually every area of a person’s life, including their ability to work and to perform the most basic of daily activities.
Fortunately, individuals with an illness may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. These benefits can be a life-saver when it comes to providing financial assistance that is needed after income is lost from not being able to work. However, the disability benefit process can be confusing and difficult to navigate.
For instance, one woman recently lost the Social Security disability benefits and Medicare assistance she was receiving. The woman suffers from uncontrollable seizures that occur as a result of epilepsy. Generally, this kind of disorder can be disabling because people cannot work and rely on medication to control the seizures.
While the woman received Social Security disability and Medicare beginning six years ago, both were recently terminated. Without the Medicare, the woman cannot afford to buy her pills. However, the denied claim for continued Social Security disability benefits was based on the woman’s ability to work while taking the medication. Accordingly, the woman now finds herself in a difficult catch-22, and she is filing an appeal of the denied claim.
The case illustrates some of the nuances of the disability benefit system. A person’s disability determination is based in large part of his or her ability to work, which will vary depending on whether the person receives medication that improves the condition. Accordingly, individuals should try to understand all factors at play in the disability determination. They should also understand what options they have when their ability to obtain benefits is threatened.
Source: WATE, “Knoxville woman with epilepsy loses Social Security disability, Medicare,” Don Dare, Sept. 21, 2016