The main barrier to accessing appropriate medical treatment for those who are no longer able to work is cost. And medical care - with documentation - is essential to winning a disability claim.
If you sign up with an advocate or representative, they will also ask about treating history and send requests for records to various medical providers. But what if you don’t have much care? What if your medical records don’t paint a very clear picture of your limitations?
Veterans have long struggled to receive timely and quality care from the VA health care system. In response, Congress created the “Choice Program” as part of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014.
If you are awarded Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you are eligible for certain Medicare benefits after a 24-month waiting period, which begins the date you first become eligible to receive disability benefits.
One of the strongest pieces of medical evidence you can submit to the Social Security Administration when applying for disability is a medical source statement from one of your medical providers.
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A disabled individual's medical professionals (doctors, nurses, NPs, PACs) provides crucial evidence of mental and physical impairments that can make or break an SSDI claim.