Disability Benefits

Overview of Disability Insurance
U.K. Disability Programs
U.K. Utility Benefits
U.S. Disability Programs

Overview of Disability Benefits

Scleroderma (SD) affects everyone differently. Not everyone is disabled by it. Neither does a diagnosis of scleroderma automatically entitle anyone to disability benefits.

Disability insurance can be obtained through private policies, employment, or the government. It is possible to be eligible for short or long term disability through an employer, but still not qualify for government-run disability. If you are disabled, or worried that you might be in the near future, consult a disability lawyer to learn your legal rights, before quitting your job. Often, people will quit their jobs prematurely or without their doctor's agreement or without letting the employer know that their health is at stake. All of these things can damage or even preclude a finding of disability.

United Kingdom Disability Programs

GOV.UK. Apply for disability in the United Kingdom online. This section also includes information on disability employment, education, housing, travel, and parenting. GOV.UK.

United Kingdom Utility Benefits Loft insulation grants and cavity wall insulation grants available here. Every home in Britain can claim free funding towards installing loft and/or cavity wall insulation, slashing an annual energy bill by up to 40%. InsulationGrantsInfo.

United States Disability Programs

Medicare Toll-Free Hotline (US) is 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Medicare.

Ultimate Guide to Medicare This guide to Medicare was put together with you in mind. We’ll cover everything you need to know about Medicare.

Social Security Administration. SSA.

Disability Determination for Scleroderma. Scleroderma is described under SSA listing 14.04, Systemic Sclerosis. To be automatically approved for disability based on your scleroderma, you must first be diagnosed with diffuse scleroderma, localized scleroderma (linear scleroderma and morphea), or scleroderma with Raynaud’s phenomenon, and experience one of the following sets of complications. AllLaw.

Disability Planner: Social Security Protection If You Become Disabled This is an area where Social Security can provide valuable help to you. Social Security Administration.

Applying for Social Security Disability with Scleroderma. If you are suffering from a severe case of scleroderma and are unable to earn an income due to your condition, Social Security Disability benefits may be able to help. Disability Benefits Center.

Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Immune System Disorders; Final rule. Social Security Administration.

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