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The Disability Claims Digest
Volume 6                                                                          Copyright 2008
In This Issue
View our Archived Newsletters
Visit our Disability Forum
The Green Book
Uninsured and Owe $$$
Strengthen Your Ability Against Disability by Gwen Faulkner
Breaking News from Social Security
Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act
Can You Receive Medicare For Free?
Quick Links

Keep Medicare Fair

Help with Special Needs Planning

Medicare Information

Help with Medicare Premium-New York residents

Medicare and Prescription Help

Disability Dollars and Sense

Continuing Your SS Benefits

Help with medicare Premium - North Carolina residents

Ask Your Doctors, Hospitals, Therapists, etc. to Submit Your Records to Social Security Electronically

Help with Medicare Costs - Residents of Indiana

Help with Medicare Costs - Residents of Illinois
State Health Insurance Assistive Program (SHIP)

Help With Prescription Costs at needymeds.com

Get Help with Prescription Costs Per State

Charity Programs that Help with Medicare Prescription Costs

Charity Care for New Jersey residents

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Our Disability Forum
Please visit our disability forum where you can  post a question, respond to a post or share any of your thoughts and experiences with us and others that are on the same journey.
Social Security's Green Book

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If Social Security feels that a claimant does not have enough medical evidence to prove their disability claim, they may opt to send the claimant to one of their doctors for evaluation.  This is called a "Consultative Exam" (CE) .

There are rules that consultative examiners must follow when conducting a medical examination of a claimant.   These written rules can be found in a book created by Social Security called "The Green Book".

Please click on the link below to review these rules.

The Green Book

Help for Uninsured Individuals who Owe Medical Bills

If you are uninsured and need help with huge medical bills then click on the link below

Pay medical bills $$$$
Strengthen Your Ability Against Disability
Please review a very informative article written by Gwen Faulkner for sound Special Care Planning advice.
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Welcome to the sixth edition of our Disability Claims Digest. 

Some of the most important questions that we are asked by our clients are about receiving help with their medical and prescription expenses.   Most people are not aware of the many programs available either Federally, Statewide or Privately to help people with disabilities pay for their medical expenses. 

In this month's digest, we want to share as much information as we can about the many  wonderful resources that exist to help individuals with their medical expenses!

Many of the topics that we will discuss in our monthly digests are frequently asked questions by our clients, and we hope that the information we are sharing will help to clarify some of these complicated issues.

We warmly welcome the referral of anyone that you know who may need help with their Social Security disability claim.  If you have any questions or need help with the processing of your  disability claim or with applying for Medicaid, Medicare or welfare benefits, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are here to help.

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Breaking News from
the Social Security Administration...

Breaking News

Declare Your Independence
No need to go into local Social Security office to conduct business.

I Saved $3,600 on Drug Costs-You Can Too!


See Social Security's progress on tackling the Social Security Backlog

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GAO Testifies that Social Security Service is "Extremely Fragile"

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Social Security's June  2008 Newsletter

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Please visit our website for more helpful information and guidance regarding the Social Security claims process.
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"Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act"

As you may know, physicians who treat Medicare patients were scheduled to receive a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements in July.  This could have caused physicians to choose not to participate in the Medicare program.

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The "Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act" was considered by the Senate on four different occasions.  On July 9, 2008, Congress finally passed this bill and on July 15th they overrode President Bush's veto of this bill.

The  "Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act," (H.R. 6331) now replaces the scheduled Medicare cuts with a 1.1 percent increase in 2009.  It also addresses a number of other problems that currently exist in Medicare, including pharmacist payments, imaging services, coverage for end-stage renal disease, and competitive bidding programs. 

Can you Receive Medicare for Free?

colorful dollar billsMany people do not know that if they win their Supplemental Security Income claims simultaneously with their Title II disability claims, they may be able to make application to have the $96.40 current monthly Medicare premium waived and paid for by their State.

If you have low income, and apply for and are accepted into one of the Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) that help pay for Medicare, you will not have to pay the Part B premium penalty. The Medicare Savings Programs (QMB, SLMB or QI-1), also known as Medicare Buy-In programs, will pay your full Part B premium-including the penalty-for you, should you be applying for the Medicare late.

You can apply at your local Medicaid office for an MSP at any time after you become eligible for Medicare.

From The President's
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People who are hurting from illness or injury do not always have the ability to seek out help for medical treatment or prescription costs which may be available.  If you know of anyone who may simply need to be pointed in the right direction, please either forward this e-Newsletter along to them or have them contact us for further assistance.

We hope that the information in this edition of our Disability Digest will prove to be beneficial to you or someone you know that is applying for or receiving Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits.

It is our mission to help as many people as we can to make their way through the frustrating claims process.  We are here to help anyone who is on this journey.  In addition to excellent representation services, we provide all of our clients with guidance, words of comfort, compassion, encouragement and kindness.

If you know of anyone that may benefit from the information contained in our newsletter, please forward it along to them by using the link below.

Until next time, take care and be well.
Sincerely yours,

Lisa S. Wagman, CP
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