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Well Known People With Disabilities

Did you know that many well known and famous people live with various disabilities and conditions? If you have a disability or chronic medical condition you are not alone. Familiar persons of past and current infamy live with, battle or have overcome their disabilities every single day. A disability is often used to describe an individual’s functioning, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment and various chronic diseases.

Before They Were Famous

By today’s standards, before many actors, actresses and other famous leaders were well known, they might have earned their living through a Supplemental Security Income or Disability Insurance benefit.  By overcoming the disability barrier, they each have made a difference to the world. They shed light that there are also millions of other people who live each day with a disability but can also be an integral part of society.  Let’s take a look at some people who you may recognize and their condition.

Geri Jewell is most famous for her roles on the television program The Facts of Life and on HBO’s Deadwood. Geri brings to her roles experience of having her behavior and actions misunderstood because of cerebral palsy. Geri Jewell is said to be a pioneer for comedians with disabilities. Dan Ackroyd was diagnosed with Tourette’s as a child, but with help, the symptoms have disappeared with age.  Eric Robert’s (brother of Julia Roberts), is an actor with many leading roles. He recently revealed he still suffers from hearing loss and occasional stutter relapses.  Stephen Hawking, a world-renowned physicist living with Lou Gerhig’s, has defied time and continues his work from a wheelchair. And Michael J. Fox who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, disclosed his condition to the public in 1998.

These people help raise awareness and give hope to many inflicted with the same conditions. However, not everyone is lucky enough to become a celebrity status, but still desire a purposeful life. If a chronic diagnosis prevents you from your goals, a disability attorney can help guide you to financial assistance.


Medicare Extensions For Hurricane Victims

People whose lives have been disrupted by Hurricane Sandy who are receiving Social Security or Disability Insurance and eligible for Medicare, are being allowed to enroll or make changes in their  benefits plan past the usual December 7th, 2012 cut off. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) is giving participants who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy more time to complete their annual enrollment choices in the 2013 Medicare plan selection.

Extra Time For Insurance Enrollment

Each year, millions of people have the opportunity to review their healthcare coverage during the usual Medicare annual open enrollment period during October to December. However, Hurricane Sandy’s incredible damage on the East Coast has caused widespread disruption for many Medicare-eligible individuals, making the services selection process difficult.

The CMS realizes the huge impact and they are allowing beneficiaries additional time to review their options and to enroll in the 2013 service plan year. This includes people whose family members were affected by the storm, especially if those family members help you with your daily healthcare decisions.

The following information from outlines participants who now have more time to enroll for 2013 benefits. If you have been denied coverage or have additional special circumstances, a consultation with a Social Security Lawyer specialized in disability may provide further help.

  1. Who gets extra time for Medicare annual enrollment? Anyone affected by Hurricane Sandy is being provided extra time for Medicare enrollment. This includes individuals living in the affected area as well as those who, “rely on help making healthcare decisions from friends or family members who live in the affected areas,” according to CMS. No proof is required in order to have additional time.
  2. How much time do people have?
    Medicare is urging people to try to make their enrollment decisions before the end of January if they can. Those who cannot should try to enroll as quickly as they can. Officials have not set a new deadline. If you enroll in a new plan, coverage will begin the first day of the month after you enroll. For example, if you enroll on Jan. 14, your plan coverage will begin Feb. 1. You will be automatically re-enrolled in your current plan if you don’t enroll in a new one for 2013.
  3. What action is needed to get more time?
    To enroll in a plan, affected participants should call the Medicare offices at 1-800-MEDICARE and identify themselves as having been delayed by Hurricane Sandy. It is recommended to call once Medicare participants have decided on the plans they want to enroll in for 2013. Medicare specialists are standing by to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and they can help individuals, families and caregivers with choosing and enrolling in Medicare coverage for 2013.


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