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Social Security To Help Persons Living With HIV
Posted in: Conditions/Illness on December 12th, 2012

On December 1, 2012 the U.S. Social Security Administration, the United States President, government leaders, agencies, and other organizations around the world raised awareness and honored the millions of people who are living everyday with HIV/AIDS. Those who have been diagnosed and suffering from the disease are often left unable to work and wonder if they are eligible for Social Security Benefits.

Securing The Process

If you suffer from HIV/AIDS, you may qualify for disability benefits. For those seeking benefits, your condition must be serious enough to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or have terminal prognosis.

Disability benefits are available under two programs: the Social Security disability insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Social Security disability insurance is available to those who have paid taxes as an employee or income earner. If you have little work history or no resources, you may be eligible for SSI. You may qualify for one or both of these programs.

Seeking treatment and attending the day-to-day appointments can become costly and overwhelming. Many patients of HIV/AIDS will need benefits assistance as soon as possible. A disability attorney can review your medical documentation and help prepare your claim. While the Social Security Administration works to process applications quickly, an experienced attorney can help guide the appropriate documentation process and complete filing to prevent delays.

Benefits are sometimes paid immediately for up to six months before a final decision is made if you are not working, you meet SSI rules about income and resources, and your doctor or other medical source certifies that your HIV infection is severe enough to meet medical eligibility rules. Providing information up-front and completing proper filing can ensure a timely receipt of benefits.


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