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Social Security Disability

If you have quit your job because you are no longer able to work and aren’t eligible for social security, you may be eligible for social security disability (SSD). You must have worked worked long enough, recently enough and paid social security taxes to qualify for SSD.

What is a disability?

For the purpose of SSD, you are considered to be disabled if

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

Parkinson’s disease is a covered disability assuming you meet the above requirements.

Qualifying

There is a three-step process when determining if someone with Parkinson’s disease qualifies for SSDI:

  • Determine if an individual is working according to the SSA definition. Earning more than $1,000 a month as an employee is enough to be disqualified from receiving benefits.
  • Conclude the Parkinson's disease disability must be severe enough to significantly limit one’s ability to perform basic work activities needed to do most jobs.
  • Parkinson’s is listed under the category of impairments known as neurological. If the following criteria are met, an individual is found to be disabled: significant rigidity, bradykinesia, or tremor in two extremities, which, singly or in combination, result in disturbance of gross and dexterous movements, or gait and station.

Know your SSD benefits

Visit the U.S. government website for information about social security disability

What you need to know about the benefits you are receiving click here.

Medicare

Medicare is complex. Visit the government’s official webpage on Medicare by clicking here.

Medicare prescription drug coverage

To get Medicare drug coverage, you must join a plan run by an insurance company or other private company approved by Medicare. Each plan can vary in cost and drugs covered.
To learn more about prescription drug coverage go to the official Medicare Site