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Butterflythree
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   Posted 6/28/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,  I just wanted to share some good news for a change.  We finally received the letter today approving my husbands social security (only after 2 1/2 years!).  It will take up to 60 days now before we know anything about the benefits.  I am just so glad that we finally know he was approved.  They determined him disabled since June 2005.  Does that mean he will be eligible for medicare now?  I really hope so.  He has not been able to get the medical care he needs since he lost his job and insurance.  If you all could have seen me when I opened the envelope.  I was so afraid it would be bad news.  My daughter thought I had lost it, because I was about to burst into tears.
 
Thank you all for being here and for all your prayers. tongue
 
 
Butterflythree
 
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Caregiverx3<3
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   Posted 6/28/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   

 

   yeah    Hi Butterfly,

       yeah     Everyone will be doing the "Happy Dance" for you all!

           yeah     He should be eligable for medicare. Check it out on                    socialsecurity.gov.   

                 yeah     Carol 

                         

               


 


hep93
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   Posted 6/28/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Hurray!  yeah    I am SO thrilled for you and your hubby, Butterfly!  First of all, he will receive a lump sum payment going all the way back to when he first applied.  That will be a nice little nest egg.  Did you have a lawyer?  If so, he will get 25% of that lump sum off the top.  If not, it's all yours and is not taxed.  Secondly, since the usual wait for Medicare is 2 years, and it's been 2 1/2...yes, he WILL get Medicare.  In fact, it will be retroactive to the time he applied for disability.  That doesn't mean much if you've already paid bills with another insurance, but possibly you may get a refund from Medicare if you paid bills out of pocket.  Not sure about that.  Plan wisely.  I suggest you put some in a CD with a good rate of return, and some in savings.  Use the rest to pay bills, buy things you need, etc.  I used $5,000 of mine to pay off a credit card.  I also got a 6-month CD with 7 1/2% interest with part of my lump sum, and just let it keep rolling over.  I finally cashed it in in April for my trip to NYC.  I still have a separate savings account that is earmarked for cremation expenses.

Again...great news!!

Hugs,

Connie


Post Edited (hep93) : 6/28/2008 6:04:48 PM (GMT-6)


Butterflythree
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   Posted 6/28/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie, Thanks so much for the advice and the info regarding medicare. I wasn't sure if I was understanding the rules correctly. It has taken so much off of my mind knowing that he will be able to receive the care he needs and also that we will be able to pay down a lot of our debt. Things have been getting tight lately. Especially since he loved to spend beyond his means when he was able to work. It had left a big burden on my shoulders.

Take Care Connie. I hope you are feeling well. My thoughts and prayers are always with you.
Butterflythree
 
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shadowsghost
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   Posted 6/28/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Butterflythree, also wouldnt hurt to see how far you can go back on scripts we went to the pharmacy got a print out of everything then they ran 60 days worth to ins. The pharmacy gave us the cash back and it was over 600 bucks. So save evry reciept and try to get money back
Congrats
Sue
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Pink Grandma
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   Posted 6/28/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Butterfly, That's such great news!!!! I know that's one worry off your shoulders.........Have a great evening.

Thoughts and prayers............
Pink Grandma
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frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 6/29/2008 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Butterfly

Thats wondeful news!!! So glad that your husband will be able to get the care he needs.

Lucy

lavendar
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   Posted 6/29/2008 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Great news:
Iv'e only been on it for a few months. So I still don't understand the full extent of their benifits. Since my arthritis is so bad . They told me I could have applied a long time ago. Now I will have to waite 2 years to get early medicare. I'm so very happy for you. Just a little less to worry about. Take care june

hep93
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   Posted 6/29/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   

I just wanted to add that it's nearly impossible to get approved with just Hep C.  I tried, and was turned down, despite the fact that the fatigue made it impossible for me to work full time.  When I was finally approved, it was for the hip replacements and having to have the left one redone twice, PLUS the hep C.  I hadn't been diagnosed with liver cancer at that time.

Hugs,

Connie


mom's "will" to live
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   Posted 7/2/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Butterflythree,
  It is so Great having good news for a change isn't it! At the right moment when all feels lost, A prayer is answered and we can have a moment of piece!
 I am so happy for you and your husband!
Take care and know you are also in my thoughts and prayers!
Huggs and smooches,
Toni  tongue

bratnewton
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   Posted 8/8/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I was told that after being approved for disability you then contact Social Security again and apply for Medicare for ESLD. Thats what I am doing in fact I have a phone appointment on Tuesday for this exact thing. You might call SS and ask them

Karen in Nevada

CaryF
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   Posted 8/8/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations!

Best,
Cary

hep93
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   Posted 8/8/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Bratnewton and Cary, you picked up an old post.  Bratnewton, I didn't have to do that.  Medicare was automatic.  Perhaps it depends on which state you live in.  I didn't have ESLD when I was approved, but I doubt if that would have made a difference as far as Medicare is concerned. 

Hugs,

Connie


bratnewton
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   Posted 8/8/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
With me, I was only approved for SSI and I am not old enough yet for Medicare and this is what I was told to do.

Karen
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