Affordable Healthcare for Social Security Disability Applicants
Many of my social security disability clients express their frustration at not being able to afford medical treatment. Besides not getting the healthcare that they need, their chances of winning their social security disability claim are greatly diminished. Indeed, one of the most important factors the Social Security Administration (SSA) takes into consideration in deciding disability claims is the Claimant's medical treatment history. If someone is alleging disability but is not seeing a doctor on a regular basis, SSA may conclude that the person is not “truly” disabled. However, many disabled people have no health insurance and no money to pay for a doctor to give them the medical care they need. I recommend to anyone who needs access to affordable health care to locate a “Community Health Center” in their area. These clinics are usually staffed with nurses, physician's assistants, and medical doctors who will evaluate and treat patients. How much do they charge? It depends on the financial means of the patient to pay. Typically the patient will be charged on a sliding fee scale based on income. While the treatment at these clinics may not be “free,” the fees charged are usually much less than what would be charged at a traditional doctor's office. These Community Health Centers receive state and federal funding, as well as contributions from individuals and private entities. The new healthcare reform bill signed into law by President Obama (the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”) will add approximately $10 billion in new federal funding for these Community Health Centers. To find a Community Health Center near you, go to http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.