Chad McCruden, 36, of Owing Mills, Md., has Friedreich’s ataxia. He was laid off in May 2009 from his job as a work incentive specialist at an independent living center.
McCruden applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in June, was approved late in October and received his first check in December (plus five months’ worth of retroactive benefits).
Federal program creates work incentive — if you're lucky enough to live in the right state.
posted on May 1, 2005 - 9:47am
Denise Weisenborn is an attorney who could be earning $150 an hour. Instead, she relies on Social Security Disability Insurance, and works only 13 hours a month at a much lower rate.
Why? Because she has spinal muscular atrophy, and she needs the Medicaid health coverage that comes with SSDI. And she lives in Ohio where there’s no Medicaid Buy-in option.