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Subject: Duh, make that SSD? Qs Date: 5/12/2010 2:29 PM
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Hello all, sorry I have been posting late, but trying to catch up.

It turns out that though my local office initially approved me immediately for SSI, it turns out that the main office (it's a Maryland return address) is approving me for SSD. I got an "awards letter" thing explaining stuff and they sent me a check last week (first week of May) which was much more - happily! - than my SSI check from April.

Heck, at first, I was REALLY grateful, because though my regular SSI amount is $761 (though the check I got in early April was retroactive to my application in January which meant I caught up with all my late rent, yippee!), it covered my rent if little else. Separately, I was getting all these confusing (and annoying) letters from the NYC welfare offices (HRA) saying I would be terminated on such-and-such program(s) etc., but would have to fill out more paperwork, etc.

With a monthly amount of $761, here in NYC I was STILL eligible for food stamps and Medicaid. Especially the Medicaid for obvious reasons (meds including one brand name that is ballpark $800 a month; doctors visits etc.)

Now, the SSD - which I think is related to my many years of working full-time - is now going to be triple the amount, over $2,000/month. Yes, if you get my drift, this means that I immediately lose Medicaid. Very scary and has me feeling like I'm lost, again.

I am currently talking to a volunteer caseworker here in NYC (he's with a non-profit agency with more than 20 years of social work experience), I still end up having a lot of questions. The great thing about him is that he broke it down to me a lot of different things and that I will continue to get all types of letters from the local NYC agencies as well as SSA etc.

Anyway, I'm just confused on so much, but I'm wondering if any of you have any specific things that I must pay attention to, know to ask, or whatever.

Thank you,
Lois Carmen
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