And I’m assuming the only way a dialysis clinic would sign off on a CMS 2728 form is if you are already on dialysis?
As for qualifying for SSDI, I have been unemployed since December of 2011. So, I’m assuming I wouldn’t qualify.
I don’t have an aversion to working, and as far as I know I am currently physically able to work. I just haven’t been able to find work what with this recession and everything. I was forced to mark that I am unable to work on my on-line Disability application, because otherwise I would have to be over the age of 65 in order to continue with the application. I did write a disclaimer saying that to the best of my knowledge I am able to work at this time. So, they may deny me on that discrepancy alone.
To be clear, the woman at the local medicare office told me that I would either need to possess custody of my child or first be approved for disability before they would be able to offer me any services. My main concern is getting on dialysis, and I am not sure how that is at all possible without first being approved for medicare.
[QUOTE=Beth Witten MSW ACSW;22811]People can qualify for Medicare for a number of reasons including age, receipt of Social Security Disability Insurance, and ESRD (kidney failure). A form (CMS 2728) the dialysis clinic completes and the doctor signs alerts Social Security (where Medicare applications are filed) that the individual has ESRD, which is the medical reason to get Medicare. If you haven’t yet started dialysis or had a transplant but you have worked long enough, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. However, Medicare won’t start for that reason until you’ve received Social Security Disability Income checks for 24 months. If you have started dialysis, Medicare starts after 3 months if you’re doing in-center dialysis, but if you choose to train for home dialysis before the end of 3 months, Medicare can backdate to the first day of the month dialysis started.
It’s unfortunate that some people may believe they have to take disability when they need dialysis. Patients can work and get Medicare. In fact, in my experience as a nephrology social worker working with hundreds of patients over my career, those who worked were often less stressed because they had more money from work, they enjoyed spending time with their work friends, and they had other things that kept their mind occupied so they coped better with being on dialysis.[/QUOTE]