Disability benefits for people with HIV

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Updated: 4/13/2007 3:37 pm
When they are no longer able to work, people with hiv infection or aids may also qualify for disability benefits. These benefits could come from one of two programs: either social security disability insurance, or ssi - which means supplemental security income. Eligibility for both programs is determined by the same medical rules. However, social security disability covers those who have worked, and therefore paid social security taxes in the past. After receiving social security disability for two years, you may also qualify for Medicare. Medicare helps cover hospital, hospice and home health costs, lab tests, and other services. If you have not worked long enough to be eligible for social security, or have low social security benefits, you might qualify for S-S-I benefits. These benefits are designed for those with low income and limited resources. People who receive S-S-I will often qualify for food stamps and Medicaid as well. In some states, Medicaid pays for hospice care, a private nurse, and prescription drugs used for H-I-V. However, the type of expenses covered may vary by state. To find out more about benefits for those with H-I-V, contact your nearest social security office. They can tell you how to file a claim, and what information you will need.

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