Approved!

Hi Everyone! Well, I finally received my letter from disability - and I was approved. Now I can see all the Drs. I need to, without worrying how I was going to come up with all of the copays. It was a lot of paperwork to deal with, but I stuck with it and never gave up hope. My stress level is so much lower and today I woke up with an overwhelming feeling of peace. I wish everyone else with cases out there...Good Luck....and don't give up!
Stacy

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That is AWESOME I am so happy for you Take care

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That is great,Stacy....very happy for u!!!

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way to go staci i am very happy for u..and u said the key word never give up!!!!.. thats exactly wat we have to do with this awful disease we suffer with...God bless u.

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Thank you everyone! I really worked on this. I made sure I had copies of all of my medical records from each Dr., all my labs, all my tests, letters from Drs., even my mental health therapist and I sent all this information in with my application. I think that really sped up the process. You should never give up and always make sure that you are on top of your own medical history!! Too many loose ends fall through the cracks when you start seeing multiple specialists and have labs and tests done in different facilities. Its your right to have a copy of all medical records, so do not be afraid to ask for them. Just some advice. Again, thanks everyone!

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Dear Stacy1531,
This is wonderful news. I know this will help with your stress. I too have applied, had my hearing , but have to get letter this week from my Drs. explaining this disease and the prognosis. I hope I am approved like you! Wishing you the best.

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That is truly wonderful. I did the exact same thing, I sent EVERYTHING that I had, notes, labs, reports, pharmacy records.....and just inundated them with my case....and got approved the first time!!!

Waaahooooo for you!!!

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I think the best way to up your odds on a first time approval is to do most of the leg work yourself. I know that we don't always feel well and there are days when you can barely move, but the more you can provide for disability, the better your odds are. I made my own copies, paid for letters, called Drs. directly, had letters from co-workers - I did it all. When my case worker would call me to ask questions, I always made sure I took a moment before I answered her so I knew I would be relaying accurate information. Sometimes its so hard to have all of your facts straight. I made myself "cheat sheets" with all of my information, jobs, drs., medications, symptoms, etc. so I always had accurate information on hand. I hope everyone that has applied will hear a big "Yes" soon. Stacy

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Congrats Stacy!!! and I must say i totaly agree with you.
I did some work myself but when i got to ill to do it I hired a lawyer who did send letters and copies and wrote letter to speed things up.SSI paid the bill on the end.Thats an option too.Again congrats to you and i hope everyone will get approved soon 2.

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Congradulations for your victory over the disability process. I can't understand why the government takes people through so many changes. Praise God for the victory. I so happy for you.
Continue to have that go and get it spirit no matter what happens.

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Okay...I'm confused. Are you talking about Social Security Disability? Do you have insurance other than Medicare? It is my experience that you cannot get Medicare for *two years* after you are approved for SSD. I am sitting here in Tennessee, the stingiest state in the union (don't get me started) and my disability was approved in 1992. I have no coverage of *any kind* for my co-pays or annual deductible. I have a modest check. I have been approved for Special Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) but lost my Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) last year when the raise was so "good." It put me a few dollars over the qualifying amount for QMB. What this means is that my monthly premium is paid, but not the annual deductible and co-pays. I need a gastroenterologist and a rheumatologist, but can only afford the co-pays for my PCP and retinal specialist. Believe me when I tell you I have followed every blind alley known to humankind, including Health Assistance Tennessee, CAC Office on Aging (too young at 57,) and verification from the Tennessee State Health Insurance office that I cannot get Medigap from ANYONE because of my age. So, having said all that I'm assuming you must have some type of private insurance or live in a more humane state.

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Yes, I meant I was approved for Social Security Disability. Its a very modest monthly check that will not start until the end of February (due to the 5 month waiting period), but I am very grateful for the income. I do have private insurance through my husband, but the out of pocket, co-pays and deductibles were draining us every month with all of my Dr. visits. I do not qualify for Medicare for 24 months. So sorry to hear you are having such difficulties....I wish I knew what to say...

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Just promise that you will remember me the next time you vote. I've seriously considered changing my first name to "pre-existing."

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hi beth i am on disability and yes u have to wait 2 years but i was so blessed i am with this program called pomco its a trial study and they give you 200,000 towards ur medical and a lot of doctors is with that program i pay $12 co-pays and 5-10 for all meds and some are free..so staci if u like to know more about it please email me and i will give u the info..now im in Dallas Texas but it doesnt hurt to call and see if they will accpet you..i tell u if it wasnt for them i would be going to the county hospitals which i dont think have very good doctors for sd patients...so this is a blessing...

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