Jan 06, 2014 - 12:17 pm
There has been limited discussion about this in the past. I know Iceman has a different take on this. But,...
I want to make sure that people know that kidney cancer is considered a disability. As such, you can get monthly income which is at a higher rate than just social security normal payments. (it is for me anyway.) The key is that you can no longer do the job you used to do...Iceman may clear this up....For me, it was no longer considered safe for me and my patients. As a physical therapist, I did much hands on. This included lifting and guarding of patients on stairs etc. Because of the many mets and constant pain I was in, I was told to call Social Security and inquire. I forget the details now but after I talked to a woman in our local office, she arranged another phone interview with someone else. A week or so later, I was getting benefits. And several months later I was eligible for medicare. It has been a lifesaver.
Like I say I forget the details but it was VERY easy to do. Only 2 phone calls. They did the rest. I think I filled out some form on the internet with assist from the second person I talked to. I was told that a medical review team would review my application. But it happened so fast that I think they just approved it based on diagnosis. I believe you become eligible 2 years after diagnosis.
Anyway, I think it is good info that everyone should be aware of. Others may have more information. I tend to live day to day, looking forward to tomorrow. I don't think to much about the past. So I forget details.
I'm sure some of you are not aware of your eligibility.