Being diagnosed with periodic paralysis can be devastating, and as a sufferer, one of your greatest concerns might be based around keeping your financial independence and being able to support yourself as well as any dependents you have.
As a sufferer of periodic paralysis, it is important to know about the support that may be available to you. You will likely be eligible for state support if you can prove that your condition is preventing you from being physically able to earn an income.
What benefit options are available to me?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has two main types of benefits available for disabled people who are unable to earn a significant income due to their disability.
The first of these benefits is known as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This is available to those who have previously been working and have paid Social Security taxes in the past. In order to claim these, you must have been working for at least five of the 10 past years.
The other is available to those who have not paid enough Social Security taxes to qualify for SSDI. This is called Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and it is available to disabled people at any age, whether they are children or elderly. It is based purely of the needs of the applicant; therefore, you must be able to prove that you have a valid disability and a low income.
If you are a sufferer of periodic paralysis, it is important that you take action as soon as possible to file for the benefits that you deserve.
Source: Periodic Paralysis, “Periodic Paralysis,” accessed March 14, 2018