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Unread 07-26-2017, 02:22 AM   #1
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I knew that you have to be disabled for a year before they will even consider you. I'm right now trying to apply for Medicaid and it's asking me about a disability which OFFICIALLY I have though I don't get SSI or SSDI. So now I'm wondering if I should apply for SSDI. The last time I worked full time (besides dog walking) was December. I thought I needed to wait until a year to even apply. Am I wrong on that?
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I think I would go ahead and start the process. I applied before a year and was denied BUT soooo many people are denied the first time. With a lawyer I did an appeal and won. All within a years time.
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I agree. I would go ahead and apply. Most of the time it can take up to two years to get approved if you have been denied at application level. I was approved at application level.
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The disability (meaning you cannot work) has to last or be expected to last for a year. I don't know how long you have worked total, you have to have a certain number of credits to get SSDI but SSI does not have that: https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-eligibility-ussi.htm
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I agree. I would go ahead and apply. Most of the time it can take up to two years to get approved if you have been denied at application level. I was approved at application level.
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The disability (meaning you cannot work) has to last or be expected to last for a year. I don't know how long you have worked total, you have to have a certain number of credits to get SSDI but SSI does not have that: https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-eligibility-ussi.htm
I have credits for having worked.
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I don't think there is any time you have to be disabled before benefits, just as someone else said you have to be expected to be disabled for at least a year. My date of disability was Aug. 6 and I was approved in April of the following year (only 11 weeks after applying, so really fast as well). You don't get paid for 6 months from date of disability (I think, don't completely trust my memory on that) but you can apply at any time.

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What you're saying about a year wait is wrong. You don't have to wait at all. I applied the minute I knew I was probably not going to be able to work anymore. They approved me 3 months later.
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I started applying 4 months after I became disabled and after reading that rule, did not finish the application until 6 months after the major incident (the attempt) when I became quite hopeless about how slowly I was healing. They approved me 3 months later and backdated the pay to the date of the finished application. The underlying mental issues (mood disorder, depression, GAD) had been documented for 4 years. After my attempt, I was in severe pain, and had severe physical disabilities. At month 6, I was severely depressed about how much pain and disability I still had. I was losing hope that I would ever heal so I finished the application. However, at 12 months, the pain became much more tolerable and the frustrating nerve pain that plagued my right arm (even using a mouse hurt) healed. After having SSDI for 24 months, they are currently reviewing me. Once again, I will complete the paperwork on my own (though they do ask that you provide the name of one friend or family member whom they can contact to ask about your condition.) Now and when I originally applied, I obtained copies of my medical records and used the diagnosis in them. It is good to apply ASAP because if I had, the start date of my payments might have been sooner. Also, I think to qualify, it said you had to have worked 5 out of the last 10 years based on the date of the application so for some people, if they wait a long time to apply (to many years) in order to see if they recover, the wait could effect eligibility....
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I had worked part time a few months before starting the application process and was approved. However, I had been let go from that job...
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