Lessons learned from 2020
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Lessons learned from 2020

So it’s once again time for A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup. This month’s words are beginning, symbolizing, enduring, revealing, gracing. As it is January, I’m going to write about the concepts these words bring up for me and what lessons I’ve learned from 2020. Beginning the new year with new medication coverage The headache started in…

Being your own boss on disability: mastering your destiny
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Being your own boss on disability: mastering your destiny

As I’ve mentioned on previous posts, you can work while on SSI or SSDI. There are programs, like Ticket to Work and Vocational Rehab programs that can help with the process. However, the reality is that while they can give you information about working, they often are only prepared to help you with calculations related…

The challenge of selecting your best healthcare plan
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The challenge of selecting your best healthcare plan

Open Enrollment is starting soon, and with all of the shakeups that have come with this year, you may be dealing with a different or new set of decisions to make in regards to your or a family member’s participation in the US healthcare system. If you aren’t sure what type of plans may be…

Navigating the Charity Care Labyrinth
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Navigating the Charity Care Labyrinth

As of July 27, 2020, I am elated to announce that I am no longer in debt to my local hospitals. I’m also very angry that it’s taken as long as it has. To give you some background: I have Functional Neurological Disorder(FND), which is a relatively common (but rarely properly diagnosed) neurological condition that…

How does Medicare work and how do I get it?
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How does Medicare work and how do I get it?

We are now approaching the beginning of the open enrollment period for Medicare. The enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7. This is the time period where we can finalize our plans, adjust our coverage if necessary, and commit to the coverage, and type of coverage, that we will receive for the following year….

Medicare (dis)Advantage
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Medicare (dis)Advantage

Medicare Advantage is an alternative to original Medicare.  The name is disturbingly misleading.   Medicare Advantage is also referred to as Medicare part C, and all the offical material talks about how it offers additional coverage to Medicare, and is used as a stubstitute for Medicare parts B(medical care) and Medicare part D(medication).   For the most…

How will moving affect my disability benefits?
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How will moving affect my disability benefits?

One of those huge changes in life is moving from one home to another. When you’re living with a disability, the need for accommodations may require you to move for your own safety, or changes in your financial situation may require you to move to different(often less expensive) housing. Sometimes, some of us may even…

Health insurance – what are my options?
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Health insurance – what are my options?

Health insurance is a large and complicated issue in the US.  I want to talk about the practical considerations of health insurance and health insurance choices. Choosing your health insurance program can have a dramatic effect on your monthly expenses and your quality of life – so doing a bit of research and work now…