JusF received Fully Favorable decision from SSA

** Originally posted by DBarringer **

I just received a fully favorable decision from the social secuity administration stating my onset of disability is established as of June 11, 2007!!! Yeah!!!! But I have one question about a paragrah in the letter. If someone could help me figure out what it means.

It states that another office will process the decision and send me a letter about the benefilts. They said they have not yet made a decision about the whether you meet the NON- Medical requirement, but will make that decision soon.
What does non=medical requirements mean? They also say I will get a notice about the amount of my payments if I meed the non-medical requirements. Can anyone tell me what that means? Thank you very much for your help!!!

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** Originally posted by DBarringer **

I have met my requirements so that should not be an issue. Thank you for responding so fast to me. I am sooooo excited!!!!! This has been a long time coming. Thanks again for your help!!!!! Debbie

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** Originally posted by wildflowerAnn **

I just wanted to add my congratulations. I'm glad things turned out well for you in this regard. What a relief!

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** Originally posted by DEBAK **

Big CONGRATS!!!! I know this is a relief for you.

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** Originally posted by tkellum **

Do you mean that you can apply for SS Benefits if you have psoriasis? I have lived with this since I was a teen, and never knew this. I have hid from it for so long but am tired of hiding.

Thanks

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** Originally posted by DEBAK **

Do you mean that you can apply for SS Benefits if you have psoriasis? I have lived with this since I was a teen, and never knew this. I have hid from it for so long but am tired of hiding.

Thanks

If your psoriasis prevents you from being able to work you can apply for SSDI (social security disability income). It takes an in depth application and documentation of treatments and results from you and your physician(s). I am attaching a tips sheet that will give you tips on filling out the application and give you an idea as to if you fall into a disability category.


TIPS FOR FILLING OUT SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY APPLICATION

You can do most of the process online at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices/. The site is very user friendly. It will also allow you to register a password so that you can go back in increments until it is completed. When going back to view a previous page you MUST use the SITES back button, not the one on your computer.
At some point you will need to print out and complete the Authorization to release medical information form, make 13 copies and mail to the address they provide or take to your local social security office as directed, be aware that it is usually a several hour wait just to get to the window to drop them off. As a courtesy notify all your physicians offices that you are applying for disability so they will be prepared to send documents and/or write summaries for you.
ABOUT YOUR DOCTORS section: be complete and include reason you saw/see each Dr., the time frame you saw/see them, the treatments they provide(d) for you and their address, phone and fax numbers. For example Dr. A has been my primary care physician since 1986 to present, he has provided me with referrals for psoriasis treatment and general healthcare. Dr. B is my rhuematologist from date to date, he treats my psoriaisis and psoriatic arthritis, monitors blood work. Treatment received IV Remicade every 4 to 6 weeks. Dr. C is my dermatologist etc. etc. Also include any other Dr./specialists you have seen in the past for the same condition
MEDICATIONS: you will need to list every medication you take, the dosage, all reasons/conditions for which you take it, any side effects you have from it and the Dr who prescribes it. You can use this to indicate a poor response to a med as well, for example Atarax side effect: minimally effective in controlling itching and it causes residual drowsiness. Or Remicade (or any other biologic) suppresses immune system leaving me more susceptible to pick up an infection. Another example would be I originally started taking Celexa ( typically a drug for depression) for PMS years ago, I now also have Fibromyalgia and take a combination of Celexa and Elavil (another drug usually used for depression) to manage the fibromyalgia pain.
LABS AND X-RAYS: you will need the dates, types/names of test or xray, where you had them done and the Dr who ordered it.
HEAD TO TOE ASSESMENT MUST BE WRITTEN IN MEASURABLE TERMS:
Scalp, ears, face, arms, hands, body/trunk, legs, feet: estimate the percentage of skin involved on EACH body part involved, does your skin cause you public humiliation and stares that your work is impacted by (if so state how), do you have open bleeding lesions that increase your risk of infection ?, how much time on a daily basis must you spend treating it? Note/incorporate other things you use/do for pain control or treatments such as: I have to apply ice packs____times per day to my___(list site) to control itching. --OR--I use a TENS unit ____hours a day.--OR-- It takes me _____amount of time daily to apply topical treatments ___ times a day and /or list the areas to which you must apply the topicals and how it is not opportunistic or appropriate to do in your particular work setting.
Rate your pain on a 1 to 10 scale (with 10 being the worst you can tolerate) in each and every body part involved as you describe your symptoms.
EXAMPLES OF MISC. STATEMENTS AND HOW TO WORD THEM: The skin/joint pain in my hands ( or whatever body part) is at a ____before pain meds and a ___ after meds, pain med only works for ___ hours but am only able to take it every ___ hours. Use this for every affected body part as you go through the form.
I am able to prepare simple meals ___% of the time. I can do dishes in the dishwasher but am not able to tolerate my hands in water or wear gloves due to (describe effect) burning, stinging, bleeding etc.
I can only walk ___ number of feet before pain in my ( describe location and/or type) ie skin or ___joint makes me stop.
The joint or skin pain in my _____is a ____at rest and a ___with activity (describe activity)
I am not able to bathe/shower without assistance or the use of adaptive equipment etc.
I am not able to dress, get in or out of bed ,chair, car, toilet with or without assistance or use of adaptive equipment.
Think of your job and the affected body parts that most impede your ability to perform required tasks. Incorporate that information into a negative type statement. For myself as an example, I am an RN and at the time I applied the skin on my hands and feet were the worst effected so I had statements to effect of: Due to the pain and open skin cracks on my hands I am not able to wash my hands to extent required to function as a nurse. Wearing medical gloves takes the pain and stinging up to a level of 9. I am not able to tolerate touching any type of paper due to burning at a level of 8. I have lost all of my fingernails which has impacted my ability to do fine motor skills such as staring IV’s or drawing blood. The open cracks in the skin on my hands, along with the immune suppressant effects of my treatment, leave me at high risk to pick up an infection. FEET: I am unable to wear shoes for more than ____min./hrs due to pain/itch/burn etc. I can only sit with my feet in a dependant (down) position for ____min/hrs before swelling or pain increases to a ____. I must spend ____ hours a day with my feet (or hands) occluded to get relief from itching, burning, pain etc.. I have to apply cream/lotion/meds to hands/feet ____ number of times per day or every____ hours.
The pain or stiffness in my hands only allow me to drive ___ amount of time.
I am unable to do my yard work and must have family do it or pay to have it done.
Fatigue causes me to sleep ____ hours per day.
I am unable to stand for more than ____ minutes
I can not do my job as a _____ under the influence of my pain medicine due to drowsiness and my pain is at a ____ without it.
My job as a ____requires ongoing walking/lifting/bending/ and the pain in my back/hips/knees/ankles goes from a ____at rest to a ____ with doing my job.
I am only able to do light laundry with the aide of a rolling basket.
I can only do light grocery shopping with the aide of an in store electric cart
I am unable to do things such as: changing linens, mopping floors, vacuuming, dusting and must have my family or hired help to do them for me.
The loss of strength/dexterity in my hands prevents me from doing______ as is required to do my job.

The above are generalized examples for you to fill in the blanks as applies to you. If you are having a hard time coming up with the appropriate statements please contact me so I can go through your specific problems and how they may apply to your ability to work.

I only had to make one trip to my local social security office to show them documents such as social security card and birth certificate.

I did have an evaluation done by a social security Dr. at no cost to me. Be prepared to answer his questions similar to above. He will go through all of your meds with you and will want the same type of information for each med as is noted in number 4 above. I printed out a copy of my application with all of those details and took it with me.

As a hindsight after mentoring several folks in applying for SSDI… I would suggest you find an appropriate place for comments on the application and Request/Volunteer for a medical evaluation…it would show them sincerity of need for disability based on the diagnosis. Several folks who were denied first time around have said they were sent for a psychological eval for depression that consisted of a 3 minute interview , but not a medical eval. The application for disability needs to have the primary focus being on the Psoriasis/ PA and the depression as being a side effect of the impact the disease has had on you. Applying for disability based on psychological/.mental/emotional issues is another ball game entirely and would require a whole different type of documentation which would not be the primary focused reason in your application for disability based on P/PA.

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** Originally posted by DBarringer **

I just received my fully favorable decision to get SSA. Can anyone tell me how long it takes before I start getting my check. And also about the back pay? I am just curious. I would just like to know what to expect. Thank you for your help!!!

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** Originally posted by AlexDreamz **

DB, when my mom got her "fully favorable decision" (I like that!!) it was about 3? weeks for the first check (it was by the end of the following month) - but the back pay took maybe 2-3 months. So, if I'm remembering correctly you should get a "regular check" by the end of April... but that back pay will be a while. Oh, and if you're getting any benefits from the state, expect to lose those due to the back pay, but probably BEFORE you actually receive said back pay.

Congratulations!!!!!! (It just doesn't seem right that I'm congratulating you on being disabled, but I hope you know I mean it in a good way ;))

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** Originally posted by DEBAK **

I had my first check within a few weeks and like Alex said above the back pay was within a few weeks of that and should go back to your 2007 application date. Also I was on Long term disability thru my employer and had to pay them back which I was not made aware of so had already spent the back pay to catch up on medical bills, but they were nice and let me pay it back over a year by cutting my LTD in half. So for now I get SSDI and my LTD makes up the difference of what it would take to keep me at 60% of my previous baseline income, Im glad I paid for that extra 10% beforehand or else would be at 50% of my baseline income. Also if you used a lawyer they will take their fees from your back pay but there is a cap of somewhere in the vicinity of 4,500-5,000 $ that they can charge you.

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** Originally posted by DBarringer **

Thank you for all of your info you have passed on to me. At least now I know what to expect. I spoke with my case worker this morning and she told me pretty much the same thing. I don't get any other benefits from the state so I should not have to pay anything exept the attorney I hired to help me get the approval.

I am just worried about the non-medical requirements. I know I have all my credits in I had like 53 credits. I just don't want to have any problems. This has been along time coming and I really need to make sure there is not problems. Thanks again for your help!! DB

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** Originally posted by bern1961 **

It takes 6 months after you file for you to receive benifits and you get paid the month after that. I filed in August and receive my first check tomorrow. No back benifits because I wasn't denied and accepted first time. My problem is psoriatic arthritis and now fibro.
*Don't worry I know how it feels and my whole life depended on somebody else instead of me for the first time in my life. It will happen, takes time.

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** Originally posted by DEBAK **

It takes 6 months after you file for you to receive benifits and you get paid the month after that. I filed in August and receive my first check tomorrow. No back benifits because I wasn't denied and accepted first time. My problem is psoriatic arthritis and now fibro.
*Don't worry I know how it feels and my whole life depended on somebody else instead of me for the first time in my life. It will happen, takes time.

You don't have to have been denied to get the back benefits....it goes back to the date you filed/claimed you were disabled so for you , you should get back pay to August.

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** Originally posted by DBarringer **

I got the call today from the SSA and they said it would be processed tomorrow and I should have it in my bank account next week. I hope it all works out that way. But I guess we just have to wait and see. Thanks to all who have answers my questions and I will keep you posted on how well it goes. Thanks again!

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