Post Edited (quahog) : 6/4/2008 4:01:18 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (PAlady) : 6/4/2008 6:27:36 PM (GMT-6)
I would not worry so much about the PCP if she/he is not taking care of your medical condition that can lead to disability. Your specialst will hold more "water" as they say over a PCP anyway.
It was my gastro that insisted I "retire" and said I will write any letter needed to SSD for you. WOW. I am his 2nd patient he has ever insisted on retiring because he told me he believed people should work as a rule. I have worked for attys all my life and it is a very stressful job.
There is a wealth of great info here for those applying or thinking of applying in the future.
Making contact with your state Rep is one for sure and not everyone will agree with this as I am sure some states have Reps that dont or wont interven in a timely manner but I have found that not to be norm. I contacted mine after the appeal process began and I had not gotten a hearing date a year later! He and I agreed to file a "dire need" and by this point in the process of denials and waiting most everyone is in dire need! I did have to grant him a release of info and but after writing my letter and stating why this was dire need at this point and his office got things rolling I had a hearing date within a 60 day time frame.
As for your origional question they were right in saying if you dont qualify for one then you dont qualify for the other and it is your income and the credits you have paid in that differentiates how much of each you draw or whether you draw it at all. Some states you are far better off drawing at least a dollar of SSI as it also qualifies you for state medcaid benefits therefore not leaving you with no coverage medically until your two year limit is up for medicare.
If your going to bat here with a Doc that says your NOT disabled you may be in for the fight of your life. Even when they alll agree you are SS still denies folks. I had 3 Docs pulling for me from my corner and still was getting denied and during the ALJ hearing I found out the two they had sent me to the previous year had also agreed with my Docs and they still denied me when their own Docs said I was disabled under the guidelines! Unbelievable isnt it? They send you to Docs they set up and when those Docs say your disabled they still deny you and force you to take it all the way to the Judge!
Good luck to you and here is hoping you win on appeal or review but if not going to the ALJ is usally a wise decision.