Deciding to apply for disability is not an easy one. Many of our PAH friends are at the peak of their earning years when they receive their diagnosis. Many are too ill to work and find themselves facing a very different emotional and economic future than they had planned.
Depending on your wage history, disability payments can help, but they cannot take the place of real wages. Luckily, there are a number of resources that can help you make the decision.
The comprehensive Federal website of disability-related government resources.
Social Security Online
This is the website of the U.S. Social Security Administration. You can get information about your benefits and personal earnings. This site contains a direct link to all of the Administration's social security disability information including a downloadable Social Security Handbook. This is an essential site for your disability financial needs in the United States.
Social Security Online, Benefits For Children with disabilities
This website contains information from the U.S. Social Security Administration regarding children with disabilities and adults disabled since childhood.
Drug Assistance Programs
We've tried to find non commercial sites and programs we think can help you locate some help with those very expensive drugs. Here's the best of what we found.
Consumer's Reports Best Buy Drugs
http://www.needymeds.com/ Locate programs for most name brand and generic drugs. Also find links to drug company websites with drug assistance program information.
Advocating for Chronic Conditions, Entitlements and Social Services (A.C.C.E.S.S.) is dedicated to helping find solutions to many of the social and economic problems that confront families facing chronic conditions. Call your A.C.C.E.S.S. advocate toll-free at 1.888.700.7010.
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