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  •  You need to go talk to a Social Security disabilit (25+ / 0-)

    y specialist pronto. You should be eligible for Medicare as a co-pay for the treatment you need. You may be eligible for help with assisted living under Medicare. Don't wait. Go talk to someone NOW.

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    by BlackSheep1 on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 01:57:25 PM PDT

    •  Thank you (14+ / 0-)

      Good advice.  I am not sure I qualify because I haven't contributed anything to SS for the last 35 years.  I have a federal pension.  But I will try this.

      I do have Medicaid now.  I just got it and it is my understanding they pay the co-pay.

      •  talk to them. Seriously. (7+ / 0-)

        I suspect that your disability makes you eligible for Medicare too.

        LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 05:09:22 PM PDT

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      •  I agree with BlackSheep (5+ / 0-)

        When you said pension, I was going to ask if you meant Social Security Disability, or SSI.

        Don't let anxiety get you down. Be pro-active.

        I don't know anything about this organization, but it couldn't hurt to check out the link or give them a call, email, etc. The National Coalition for the Homeless - If You’re Homeless or Need Help
        Here's good Social Security Links. From their website.

        United States Social Security Administration

        Benefits For People With Disabilities

        Apply For Social Security Disability Online

        How Social Security Decides If You Are Disabled

        Frequently Asked Questions How Do I Apply For Medicare?

        National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives Lawyer Referral Service 1-800-431-2804 Social Security Basics

        Established in 1979, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives is an association of over 4,000 attorneys and other advocates who represent Social Security and Supplemental Security Income claimants.

        Our members are committed to providing high quality representation for claimants, to maintaining a system of full and fair adjudication for every claimant, and to advocating for beneficial change in the disability determination and adjudication process.

        I think it might be harder to get approved without a lawyer, and I don't know if most people, can get approved for Social Security Disability, without a lawyer nowadays. A lawyer may be necessary at some point of the application process, and I think that if your original application gets denied the first or second time, having legal representation from there on, would be the smart, easy way. You get what you pay for, especially with the law! Legally, social security lawyers are only allowed, to take a fee of, about 16% and only after one is Approved and receives their retroactive check that pays them since the first date they applied. I think the fee is reasonable.

        (See the Social Security Websites (above), or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213, For more information about applying or how to obtain a SSDI/SSI, attorney).

        If you've been denied, keep applying. The longer you wait the bigger the retroactive check will be! (for all the months you waited since you're first application).


        Subsidized Housing HUD Department of Housing & Urban Development How To Get Into HUD Housing

        HUD's Mission; is to increase home ownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country that can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues. This page allows you to select a list of agencies for each state below. You may search more specifically for a reverse mortgage counselor or if you are facing foreclosure, search for a foreclosure avoidance counselor.

        There Is A Waiting List For HUD Programs, But if you never put your name on the lists, your name can't move to the top of the them.

        What are housing choice vouchers?

        Housing Choice Vouchers Fact Sheet

        The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

        Housing Choice Voucher Program Guidebook


        All the best Margd♥

        I'm 64. I was in the shape you're in, but I went back to a dr. Got some pain control the fentyl patch, not those terrible pills. Going to physical therapy too. I feel better, able to stand up, do more.

        You need to get on Medicare. Medicare pays 80% of the medical bills. Medicaid just picks up the balance. It's not good on it's own, doesn't pay enough.

        I got these links from a diary of mine. See for even more links. Just The Links Man ♥New And More Social Services Links For Civilians And Veterans♥.

        Remember this poem when it gets too hard.



        Out of the night that covers me,
        Dark as the pit from pole to pole,
        I thank whatever gods may be
        For my unconquerable soul.
        In the fell clutch of circumstance
        I have not winced nor cried aloud.
        Under the bludgeoning's of chance
        My head is bloody, but unbowed.
        And yet the menace of the years
        Finds and shall find me unafraid.
        It matters not how strait the gate,
        How charged with punishments the scroll,
        I am the master of my fate:
        I am the captain of my soul.
        By William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)

        Keep us informed about how you're doing Margd. We all care about you. Suicide is stupid! It's homelessness forever. Suicide is not an option. Getting well and safe in a home is the answer. You need Medicare and a good doctor. A good doctor makes all the difference.


        Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

        by rebel ga on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 07:32:11 PM PDT

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        •  Good info - thanks (8+ / 0-)

          I have a federal pension and have not paid into SS for 35 years so am not sure how much help is really available to me but it is definitely worth finding out.   I did have a good union job at a grocery store for 8 years before I got the federal job so I should get something.  I had not really considered filing for SS disability before tonight, not sure why.

          Yes, the fentanyl patch is great.  I was on that for a few years while dealing with some chronic pain issues and it enabled me to keep working.  The pills were worthless.  Too bad it's so darn addictive,  I used to go through withdrawal every time the patch ran low.

          I do need a good doctor.  I don't have a GP right now.  They assigned me one when I was accepted for medicaid a month ago but I can't find the name or number so have to contact them for that info.

          I'll try to write a diary in a week or two letting everyone know how I'm doing.  I've gotten so much help tonight, it's unbelievable.  

          I really appreciate all the links and the poem and the good wishes.  I will definitely check out those links.

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