Let me throw something out here :
If you are on SSD because you need organ transplant, what happens if you get one? Will SS decide you can be on the work force or what?
My husband had that question posed to him since he now has had a transplant. My husband also had other issues (like crohn's), so he will still qualify. I know others have returned to the work force after transplant and I think it is great.
Has anyone had this happen to them? Just a discussion:)
Every person is an individual, every one does not go back to work, some may , some may not be able to, if you feel unable insure the doctor backs that up in writing, so therefore if you need to go on soc sec disaility long term the doc backs you up , but you will still have to go see soc sec mickey mouse docs, at least thats what i thought of them, they said my transplant docs letter was worthless, and I did a Bbetter exam in the ambualnce then these quacks provided.
I am a combat disabled vet with war maladies along with transplant so i did not have to much of a problem with soc sec, and my senator sent them a letter to quit hasslimng me. I get a call every 7 years to ensure i am alive, thats it.
They wanted to make me do a soc sec disability physical once a year, or 3 yrs, was tired of the games, nuthin is gonna change unless i die again.
hope this helps, if your husband is going to look like he is fully disabled unable to work , by all means start getting your ducks in a row, letter from transplant doc and other physicians he has and do the paperwork and appointments to get it going.
have a great day
Thank you to all of you that have replied (Richard, Kathleen, Bill, Emily and Audrey)
I thought this could be an interesting subject of discussion. It is interesting of different answers and how these agencies run. My husband did not get his disability totally on liver, but also from crohn's disease. He is also having kidney issues.
I think of some who get transplant and the system tries to force them back to work and the stress it causes. For those that are able to return to work, I think it is great.
I wish all of you peace, love, joy and wellness.
Social Security makes determinations using the following steps:
1. Do you have earnings less than $1000/mo. due to a medical condition? (If YES, go to step 2)
2. Is the medical condition "severe" (i.e., has it lasted or will it last for more than a year, or is it likely to result in death? (if yes, go to step 3)
3. Does the impairment meet a listing in the Social Security Blue Book (http://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings.htm) ? (If YES, evaluation is complete and claim is granted; if NO, move to step 4)
4. Can you do your prior work that you did in the last 15 years? (IF yes, claim is DENIED; if NO, move on to #5)
5. Can you do any job in the national economy (special rules apply re: age, educational level. training, prior work. If you are older, have less education, and have only done manual labor, your case will be granted with ANY substantial impairment.
Transplants of all kinds create a presumption of disability for one year after transplant. So after transplant, you will meet steps 1,2, and 3. Your benefits will start the month you have a kidney transplant, or the sixth full month after any kind of transplant. However, if you met the listings under organ system failure prior to your transplant (except kidney), benefits start in the sixth full month of disabiltiy. For kdneys, it's the fourth month of dialysis.
If you recover without complications, you will no longer be considered disabled after the one-year anniversary of your transplant. Social Security will do a continuing disability review (as mandated by Congress). If they find that you have recovered and are no longer disabled, your benefits cease. Thsi means you get benefits for the month of their decision, plus two more months, and then both your Medicare and Medicaid benefits wiill stop. An exception is if you get Medicare for kidney transplant--you will get immune suppression meds paid for for three years, but you have to have had your transplant paid for by Medicare, and you must continue to pay your Part B premium.
There is a way to avoid losing benefits. It's called the Ticket to Work program. As you are recovering from transplant, when you first thing about going to work, contact your state dept of vocational rehab and tell them you want to use your Ticket to Work. They can provide help for you to get back to work, including whatever clearances and recommendations for accomodations you may need to get back to work. This will also suspend Social Security CDRs for the duration of your Ticket to Work. If you are on SSDI (note: SSI is different) you will get for full check for the first 9 months that you work, and your Medicare will continue. Becyond that, your Medicare will continue until you have worked 60 months. This may transpire over a period of 8-1/2 years while Medicare continues. As long as you are in Ticket To Work, you will be considered disabled and will still get Medicare, which will pay for meds under Part B as long as you need them
The three-month recurring eligibility sounds like California state disability insurance, which is a diffierent program. CA residents are allowed to draw state disablity and Social Security disability, both simultaneously, but CASDI will expire after one year.
Hi Sara, my understanding is once a person has a transplant medicare will stop, my feeling is they think you can go back to work. I had a Kidney transplant seventeen months ago- and I wondering since it would seem SSD will be changing. Todate I have not been able to find employment, but I am envolved with a program that works with people disabled or on disability.
I am waiting to hear if I will take some courses or not. Frankly if I don't find a job, I will not be able to afford the medications
so will probably be on dialysis again ??? My plan was to work part time for a while- at this point I will and do feel that I can
work full time.