YOUR DISABILITY RIGHTS

PH patientIt is important that you know your rights if you are a recipient of any Social Security services, whether Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Right to Receive Help

If the process of applying for SSD or SSI seems intimidating, it is important to remember that you have the right to receive help in applying for SSI.

Social Security Administration (SSA) will help you get documents you need to show that you meet the SSD or SSI requirements.

If you are applying for disability or blindness, Social Security will pay to have a doctor examine you if they decide that medical information is needed to make a decision. SSA will also pay your travel expenses to get his exam.

Right to Representation

You may appoint someone to help you with your SSD or SSI claim. The representative does not have to be a lawyer – people often appoint family members to assist them.

Right to Notice

The SSA will notify you in writing of any determination about your eligibility or any change in your benefit amount. Each notice will explain your appeal rights.

Right to Examine Your File

You or your representative may examine and get a copy of the information in your case file, upon request.

 


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Helpful Disability Resources

SSA.gov is the official U.S. Government site for the Social Security Administration.

Social Security Handbook on the Web includes the provisions of the Social Security Act, regulations issued under the Act, and precedential case decisions (rulings). It is a readable, easy to understand resource for the very complex Social Security programs and services.

Caring Voice Coalition has free programs to help patients with insurance reimbursement, financial assistance, patient support services, public advocacy, and the SSD application and appeals process.

Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illnesses provides information, advice and advocacy regarding retrieval of medical information, obtaining and keeping health insurance, obtaining coverage for your treatment, applying for SSD and asserting your rights. Also publishes a Know Your Rights handbook.

National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) is an association of over 3,900 attorneys and other advocates who represent Social Security and Supplemental Security Income claimants.

The information provided on the PHA website is provided for general information only. It is not intended as legal, medical or other professional advice, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with qualified professionals who are familiar with your individual needs.

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