• I have t1a kidney cancer,I may lose my job due to running out of FMLA,I am also a diabetic,do i qualify for SSD or SSI anyone know?

    Asked by daveh on Saturday, July 21, 2012

    I have t1a kidney cancer,I may lose my job due to running out of FMLA,I am also a diabetic,do i qualify for SSD or SSI anyone know?

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    • joey's Avatar

      Dear daveh,
      After my brother in law lost his job and was unable to find work, I took him to the SS office. There we discovered, with all of his medical history, he did fit the criteria for disability. If you have someone who can help you with the paperwork and legwork, it'll help with some of the physical and a lot of the emotional work involved in applying.
      I sincerely wish you the best.

      over 4 years ago
    • WizardOfWesley's Avatar

      Go to the SSA web site.. they have some pre screening forms to fill out... or at least they did...when I applied.. also read their Q&A pages...lots of infor and it's from the source.

      over 4 years ago
    • daveh's Avatar

      wizard,I am still working,as I stated my job has already stated that they will terminate me,if i get my surgury.and if I get terminated after my surgury I can not qualify for SSD because,I will not be off for a year,the doc said recovery time of 2 months.I can not qualify for unemployment because I will not be able to work 2 months after the surgury.So that is my dilema.I guess If I am terminated,I will have to get a SSD lawyer.

      over 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Hi Daveh,

      So sorry you are having to deal with these work related problems. I would suggest going on the state website to research if you qualify. From my understanding if you are diagnosed with cancer which is a qualifying illness and are needing surgery or treatment you should not have a problem getting disability. Apply for it prior to going in for surgery.

      I started my FMLA back on Feb of this year since I was going in for a Radical Hysterectomy. Prior to surgery I also printed the disability application online. I filled out the information needed and gave it to my doctor to fill out and submit to the state. My FMLA, which was approved by my employer and doc for Max of 3 months along with my disability claim, ran out in May. By May I should have been back to work but due to additional adjuvant chemo needed I had to extend my disability. My doctor approved it. I've been on disability for about 5 months now. I was able to continue my medical insurance through Cobra after my FMLA ran out. Fortunately my employer has been supportive through all of this. I'm hoping I'll still have a position at my co come September which is approximately when I should be done with treatment.

      over 4 years ago
    • happydad's Avatar

      You should definitely contact your area SS office as soon as possible, before FMLA runs out. It sounds like you should easily qualify for disability. At the same time, you should also apply for SSI. The rules for SSI are a little different, but it is important to ask. Best wishes.

      over 4 years ago
    • tspoon's Avatar

      Ok, you need to understand ssd, and ssi. Go to ss website, look at list of impairments. Find yours, this gives you an idea of where you stand. Ssd pays for 100% disability, for temp to forever. Never for partial disability. Next, ssi is for the waiting period before your first ssd check. First ck, 3 mths if you have life expectancy less than 1 yr, 5 mths if prognosis is longer. Ssi depends on your cash flow. As long as you still work, your qualification date hasnt started. No lawyer until you are denied.

      Example, hubby diagnosed march 2011, applied online for ssd, they force you to apply for ssi, medicaid once you qualify for ssi. No medicare for 2 yrs. Applied march 6 2012, online, quit work march 31. Approved may 13. First ssi qualify june got ck july 3, 308.77. Get another 308.77 aug 3. Benefits start @ 5 mth mark, sept. First ssi ck oct 3, 1812.00. Medicaid for july, aug. Good thing my ins is what covers him. You cant qualify if you still work. Five mths penalty never get back. When you hear of back pay, that is for peeps been not working and qualification date set during that time frame somewhere. Penalty applies.
      Oh, had him quit end of mth, they dont pay for partial mths.

      Everything i did online, 1 visit to office to show my income. Phone calls, fax two other times, these for ssi/medicaid mthly app as required. You need dr info contacts, your life history. Ss# if you have. If not, dont sweat it, they already have it. Good luck, the gov is no "GREAT" answer. But, it is there.

      over 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Go to www,binderandbinder.com. Even if you never use them, thir site has good info. They sure helped me! Good luck.

      about 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Applying for SSI is an emotionally draining process. Long story short, I could not deal with the forms, etc on my own. I did some research and hired a firm (I used Freedom Disability) to apply on my behalf. We started the process right After July 4th 2011 (two years after my initial diagnosis) my paper work was sent to SS by the end of July - at the end of August i received 13 month back disability - The cost was $6000 or 25% of any back payments - the govt paid them directly. The best money I ever spent.

      about 4 years ago

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