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Social Security and Living with AIDS

Over the years, cases of people living with HIV/AIDS have increased. Although treatment for AIDS and HIV exist, there is no known cure until today. People with AIDS are confronted with the problem of coping up with pressing health and income needs. They are also often placed in an uncomfortable situation by people who judge them based on their illness. Although there are only a few known ways of transmitting this disease, a lot of people are still unaware of this. As a result they shun away from them in times they are needed most. The worst part of having this disease is when family members or relatives are not able to give their support, be it financially or emotionally. Hence, it is important to know that just like knowing that someone you care has cancer or deafness, having AIDS can let you know things about someone or about yourself that you haven’t really thought of. Who knows, you might actually learn something valuable about human nature from someone who has this disease.

AIDS can no doubt destabilize a society in various ways. It can change how society treats people with this illness, it can weaken the economy and it can shatter families and communities. AIDS can also financially injure you. So how can you comply with the complex and extensive treatment and cope with your daily expenses when you are physically unable to work? Fortunately, people living with AIDS can also claim for Social Security benefits. The programs that are often involved for people with AIDS are Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Although medical eligibility for these programs is the same, there are some differences between these two. Basically, you pay for SSDI with your Social Security taxes when you work. The amount of your monthly benefit depends on how much you earned when you were working. On the other hand, people who do not qualify for Social Security or whose Social Security benefits are low may qualify for SSI if they have low income and limited resources.     

When you are thinking of applying for Social Security, you need to discuss this with your doctor. If you think you are ready to file for benefits, you can begin the application by contacting the Social Security Administration. Social Security is there to help you manage financially and help you receive the medical care you deserve. But sometimes, Social Security rules and regulations can be confusing and complicated to understand. It is, therefore, sometimes okay and necessary to seek legal help. Lawyers who have knowledge of the Social Security law can help you go through the process confidently and smoothly as much as possible.
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