We recently heard the story of a young woman from another state who has cystic fibrosis, which is a disease that leads to lung damage. Just 22, she was receiving Social Security benefits for her disability and had access to Medicaid, which covered her health care costs that come to about $100,000 a year.
Working outside the home isn’t possible for her. She told CBS News that giving herself her medication and her therapy takes about six hours out of each day. She also is susceptible to infections and a variety of complications.
Last March, though, she received a letter from Social Security. Her case had been re-evaluated and her health had improved, the letter said. She no longer needed disability payments, according to the letter. Both her Social Security benefits and Medicaid were cut off.
“My health has only gotten worse in the past year,” she told the television network.
It is within the law for disability claims to be reviewed from time to time to determine whether the recipient still should be receiving benefits, but what happens when the coverage stops?
In the case of this woman, she appealed, and Social Security relented and reinstated her benefits in November. That was just before she wound up in the hospital, and her bills, fortunately, were paid by Medicaid.
She is one of the lucky ones, despite the six-month wait. She got her benefits back along with her health care.
Not everyone is as fortunate when it comes to dealing with Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. If you are an Indiana resident having trouble with applying, receiving or maintaining benefits, contact an attorney experienced with the topic.