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People with Disabilities Face Unique Healthcare Coverage Challenges, Allsup Says
Date:10/6/2009

Allsup outlines steps to better manage healthcare costs before Medicare eligibility and important factors when selecting a Medicare plan

Belleville, Ill. (Vocus) – People with disabilities have crucial healthcare needs, but often experience difficulty in receiving much-needed treatment, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare services.

“There is significant risk for people with disabilities if they go without care or medications that they need to manage their conditions,” said Paul Gada, Allsup’s personal financial planning director. “Many people, for various reasons, can struggle to get the care they need before and after they become eligible for Medicare.”

An important benefit for those who are awarded Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is receiving Medicare coverage. However, most people must wait 24 months after qualifying for SSDI cash benefits to receive this coverage.

There is considerable debate about what should be done to improve the healthcare system overall and for people with disabilities in particular. In fact, the National Council for Disability report issued on Sept. 30 calls for healthcare reform to address the needs of people with disabilities. The NCD’s suggestions included ensuring that people with disabilities have access to healthcare coverage, making sure it is affordable and removing limita
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