Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) June 13, 2014
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., accounting for about 600,000 deaths each year, and is a leading cause of disability, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Individuals who have paid into the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program through payroll taxes and can no longer work due to heart disease, should determine their eligibility as soon as possible, according to Allsup, a nationwide SSDI representation company.
Veterans with heart disease may be eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare and disability compensation.
Allsup representatives will be at the Mended Hearts National Conference in Indianapolis, June 20 to provide SSDI eligibility screenings and VA disability appeals information. Event details and registration instructions can be found here.
“Cardiovascular disease costs the U.S. billions in healthcare spending and lost productivity,” said Tai Venuti, Allsup manager of Strategic Alliances. “At the individual level, the financial impact can be devastating.
“When you are unable to continue working, you’re hit with a sudden loss of income and, many times, the loss of health insurance as well. Heart disease patients often struggle to afford treatment while they wait for SSDI benefits and Medicare eligibility.”
Almost a third of SSDI applicants Allsup surveyed said they lost their health insurance while they waited for their benefits. See entire survey here. Individuals are eligible for Medicare 24 months after their monthly SSDI cash benefits begin. To see Allsup’s list of the full range of SSDI benefits, click here.
“Familiarizing heart disease patients and their families with the benefits of SSDI and the application process can help them make informed choices so they can have appropriate conversations with their healthcare providers,” said Venuti. “They should determine their eligibility for SSDI right away, and file as soon as possible.”
For Allsup’s explanation of Social Security's five-step process to determine if a heart disease patient qualifies for SSDI, click here.
Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and develop ischemic heart disease are most likely eligible to receive VA health care and disability compensation.
Veterans who have a VA disability appeal pending or have been denied or received a rating decision within the past year that is too low, may be able to appeal the decision. For information on Allsup’s veterans disability appeal service, click here.
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal and Medicare services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Illinois, near St. Louis.