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smiles132002
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Hi,

I wasn't sure where to post for answers to this, but I am wondering if anyone has gone through CA SSI, SSDI, medi-cal, medicare, medicaid and can help me.

Background on me- I am 24 years old. I will be quiting my job Jan 1, but my company does not offer disability. I cannot afford cobra (which will be about $800). I cannot physically work anymore. I have been in treatment for 3.5 years. I went undiagnoised for 10+ years.

What I need- State Disability. Medicare/Medicaid Insurance benefits. And anything additionally that I can get!

Basically I have worked through all of my treatment to get health benefits. I am at a point in my treatment where I can no longer do the treatment and contintue to work. I am not functioning. So, I need to figure out what I can qualify for so that I can continue treatment. Cobra at $800 month isn't feasible, so it's imparrative that I find supplemental health benefits.

I am pretty over whelmed at where to even start with this. I have little support from family and have been able to manage everything on my own up to this point. Obviously I didn't do that great because 3.5 years later I am not a lot better and trying to figure out how to get disability.

I've read about SSP, SSDI, SDI-I have no clue where to start.

Anyone that has any suggestions (besides going to the website, which I have done) please pm me or e-mail me at [email protected]

Thank you,
smiles

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smiles,

go to my NEWBIE'S PACKAGE LINK AT TOP OF MEDICAL,

print off pages 114 to rest of package!!!

DETAILED INFO GALORE ON SSDI! good luck!

i'm off board due to monitor dying! [Smile]

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kam
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Trying to recall back to when I applied.

I do recall the confusing and it taking me awhile.

I also recall having a window of opportunity and things not being as difficult as I thought.

Did not go into office.

I think I received a phone call, but not sure.

Denied at first. I think.

Then got an attorney.

don't think attorney did much at all even SS office said it was a waste of funds.

Contacted several state rep's. One responded 6 months after contact.

Doc also wrote an excellent report for me.

A few days after hearing from state rep, I heard from SS.

I went into office for an appt. Not sure what the appt was about.

But, got a check the first of the month..I think.

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jblral
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Recommend you join the CaliforniaLyme on-line support group:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/CaliforniaLyme/

There are members in your area who can discuss the subject of disability issues.

Also, the California Lyme Disease Association website maintains a list of support groups throughout the state. Check for one in your area:

http://lymedisease.org/california/california_support_groups.html

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