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More info about SSDI and SSI benefits for HIV/AIDS patients

Not long ago we discussed how Wisconsin residents who have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS may need benefits under the Supplemental Security Income and Social Security disability insurance programs. If HIV/AIDS prevents you from working, you may be eligible.

Social Security benefits are a lifeline for many disabled people throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, and the same can be true for individuals who are suffering from AIDS or HIV. In fact, if an ill patient already has an application in the system, he or she could receive Supplemental Security Income payments for a period of six months while the agency makes a decision on the claim. An applicant must meet certain criteria for that to happen.

Wisconsin and Minnesota each have agencies that share information with Social Security when deciding on a claim. To make the process as smooth and efficient as possible, an applicant must provide all of the correct information showing that he or she is unable to work.

In particular, if you are ill, you must provide documents that prove your illness will keep you from working for 12 months, at least, or that your illness is expected to be fatal. Despite how disabling an illness like AIDS can be, it still takes a carefully written application to prove as much to Social Security.

Applicants will need a detailed account of how HIV/AIDS has hindered their day-to-day activities. These activities might include cooking, transportation, housecleaning and grocery shopping, among others. A successful application will also include detailed accounts from all of the medical facilities and doctors who have treated the patient's illness, and an up-to-date work history from the last 15 years is also necessary.

To learn more about speeding up the process of applying for SSDI or SSI benefits, please visit our La Crosse SSDI site. Our firm helps individuals get the benefits they need and deserve.

Source: Star Journal, "Social Security helps people with HIV/AIDS," Ken Hess, Dec. 21, 2012

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