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Medicare, Medicaid, Public Aid, County...Anyone know ANYTHING about Aid & How to Get It??
September 3, 2005
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Long time no talk!
Things have been a WILD roller coaster ride & I have realized that I can’t continue living like this & am sick of finding nothing but dead ends, slammed doors, & doctors that say “Sorry, there is nothing I can do.”

For those of you who don’t know/remember me I am 24 years old, live in Chicago Illinois, & have both a hip condition that requires a full hip replacement as well as a grab-bag of mental disorders like Severe Depression, PTSD, CoDep Issues (That almost killed me…) exc. exc. exc.

I went to a Howard Brown Clinic to just get a check up & again I was told “I can’t write you a prescription for Wellbutrin XL & Effexor, I can’t help you with the itching, I can’t help you with the headaches, I can’t help you with the Cold Sores/Shingles, I can’t help you with your Hip…Here are directions to a County Hospital but know that you will need a few books, a lunch, snacks, & a Gameboy cuz you are going to get there at 6:00 am & you will be lucky to get out of there at 6:00 pm…

So basically other then getting in their system & wasting a day I accomplished nothing & ended up having a total melt down that evening…I haven’t felt that bad since the last time I tried to kill myself.

I know that a new hip is more then just getting some meds or talking to a doctor so I need to get into the Aid System before I can jump in & start getting the help I need but I can’t find ANY trace of information that tells me where to go or what to do!

I only have a year of working experience because my “Issues” make it almost impossible to find or hold a job so I don’t qualify for social security disability & I have seen enough people try to get benefits & end up spending years arguing with the Government so that doesn’t even seem worth it! (My friend’s family spent 3 years trying to get help after a car accident that left the mother with no kidney’s & the father with almost as bad complications. They lost their house, 2 cars, their daughter had to drop out of college… My issues are nowhere NEAR as bad as NO KIDNEY’S so it seems like a lost cause to even try..)

I can’t even find an Office Address to go to so that I can even pick up the paperwork let alone find help on what to do so I am begging all of you out there!

If you are on Social Security Disability, legally disabled, on Medicare or Medicaid, on Welfare, Food Stamps, ANY TYPE OF STATE AID I BEG you to PLEASE tell me where you went & what you had to do!

I WANT to be an active, participating, member of society! I HATE feeling this helpless and unable to start and hold onto a life! I WANT TO GET HEALTHY so that I can get a normal job and pay my taxes and be able to bitch about what the government is ‘wasting my tax dollars on’ but I can’t get there without first using the system to get healthy!

So PLEASE tell me what you know!

Thanks again!

September 3, 2005
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Hey ACFH,

Normally, if insurance aid is needed, the places where you go for treatment would be able to supply this information.

In our state, a person would contact the Department of Health and Human Services (under your state name in the white pages). You may contact them as well as your local Social Security office (look in the white pages in your phone book under "United States Government").

They will send forms and requests for your background to your doctor or therapist to fill out and mail back on your behalf.

May I ask what state you live in?

Something about your post really bothers me:

"I only have a year of working experience because my “Issues” make it almost impossible to find or hold a job so I don’t qualify for social security disability".

You don't qualify? With all of the issues you've mentioned? I know that money is tight for you, but can you hire a lawyer from a volunteer lawyers' project to help? Again, can you tell me what state you live in? I'd be glad to research this online for you.

Hang in there, don't give up yet, there is assistance out there but it is a matter of finding the right people to help.

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CM

September 3, 2005
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Getting medical assistance is pretty simple, depending on your state. All you have to do is go to your local court house or community social worker office and apply. As far as I know it is free. And usually if you have back bills up to 3 months, more in some states they will be paid too. Really it is just a matter of finding your social works office and applying, if you qualify... ie.. are poor enough getting assistance is not difficult. If you make too much money say for food stamps, you may still qualify for things like wic, so if you are denied any services, make sure you still go ahead and apply for all offered as they all have different standards.
I have been on one type of assistance or another my entire life and know it is a pride thing,,, but if you need it you need it.
I hope I have been helpful

September 3, 2005
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You can even go on line and look up "IL Medicaid" and there will be a whole bunch of info, what you need to bring with you, where you can go, maybe even an online application you can fill out and bring with you.

September 3, 2005
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Because you live in another state, it would be difficult to say for certain, but in my experience, and from what you are saying, I would definetly fill out a SSI application. You can do in it online. My husband has recently applied due to severe bi-polar I manic disorder and they have indicated we will have our 1st answer within a week or so, they have also indicated he will be approved. I would give it a shot! Also, there are tons and tons of hotlines out there for people suffering from depression, you could also call your local United Way chapter and they could point you in the right direction. Do you have a church? If so, talk to your pastor, if not, pick one out and go by to just discuss your issues. I wish you luck!

September 3, 2005
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Thanks everyone!

I just feel so frustrated right now!

I live in Illinois, Chicago to be exact.

Was I told wrong that you need more then a year of paying into social security to get Social Security Disability?

I was given a Permanent Handicap Sticker in Arizona but I don't know what to do when it expires in two years...Do I need to get another form from a Doctor here in Illinois?

I have a General Practitioner here but I’ve only seen him a few times...He doesn't know anything about the Depression and such other then I have it and he prescribed me Wellbutrin XL.

Would he know enough to fill out the paperwork?

I have been unable to find employment for over 2 years now & am totally living off the generosity of my Father in exchange for doing paperwork.

So legally I have had no income for 2+ years but not for lack of trying, I had to drop out of College because of the Depression so that is how I lost my insurance in the first place & with all the new stress in my life for the last month I have had multiple panic attacks & meltdowns that are putting any advancement in my life in jeopardy.

So Would I go for the State or the Federal to get my hip fixed?

My hip is the #1 thing I want to concentrate on because I’m pretty sure that a lot of the depression will go away once I can walk & get a job & such…

September 3, 2005
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most phone books have a special section for government phone numbers.

go to the phone book and look up in that section - look for your town/city government and it's phone numbers. Look for something called social services, human services or social work.

Ask to speak to someone about applying for aid. They will make an appointment and you will go in, fill out paperwork and they will explain what programs they have and what they offer, then tell you what you might be eligible for. Sometimes they won't tell you what you are eligible for until they look over your paperwork and verify your information.

You can go to the nearest social security office and inquire about disability. Note that most disability applications are declined the first time thru, almost 98% are. You need to reapply more than once. There are lawyers out there, and if you have no income, legal aid society (look up online or in phone book) can help you.

No matter which path you follow, you will need verifiable proof that you are disabled. You will need more than one doctor's examination and testing to make sure you are truthfully unable to work. I am not sure if this is something you have to pay for, or if you have reports from previous doctors or if they will examine you as a condition of the application - the social worker can answer that, I am sure it's different for every state.

In any case, the first place to start is the local town hall, social services division. They will tell you all you need to do to qualify.

and NO - you have to work to receive social security benefits WHEN YOU RETIRE, but if you are disabled, you can receive money at any time - even if you didn't work a day in your life. Many kids receive it, and many elderly women who were previously housewives receive it...disability is not contingent on paying in first - that is why it's so hard to get the first few times you apply - cuz it's free money and they aren't willing to give it out to just anyone who claims they can't work.

because you live in a mentropolitan area, you have health clinics - be thankful - I don't have access to them where I live - even if you have to wait all day - you still have the chance to get seen - so, pack a lunch a book and something to occupy your time - you can't work - so you have the time - don't mean to sound rude - it's just that I wish I had the chance to get help - use it to your advantage.

good luck.

September 3, 2005
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no offence but it doesn't sound like you have a hip problem, sounds like you have a head problem. alot of our bad situation is how we choose to react and deal with it. i know cuz i am the queen of turning a bad situation into a life altering tornado of chaos. im sure things are not the way you may want them to be but i pray you can find peace amidst it all. you are really the only one who is going to help make you better (I'm not saying you should preform surgery on yourself or anything) but as far as the emotional aspect is concerned. i took alot of meds for a long time to try to cure what ever i was lacking that made me so amazingly disfunctional and i feel so much better being off of them because i am free to feel even if my feelings suck at the time. i have been where you are and i know that pain and my prayers are with you. just keep theeing yourself that your alive and you will survive. it has an amazing medicinal effect after a week or so;)

September 3, 2005
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ACFH,

If you get a chance, check out this link. It lists most all of the lawyers/legal associations that provide free legal services for low income individuals, if you need to go that route:

http://www.ilcadv.org/legal/IL.....erv.htm#20

September 4, 2005
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Come on man, if you have a doctor and you haven't talked to him about it, you must be close to ok. THAT IS WHAT YOUR DOCTOR IS FOR!!! I understand you may not be entirely confident or knowledgeable about the situation, but you do have a doctor, someone you can talk to and can advise you. Be thankful and go see your doctor.

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