Spinal cord injury survivors with disabilities are entitled to certain types of public assistance. In order to take advantage of all that’s available, it’s important for the survivor, as well as his or her loved ones, to educate themselves on their rights.
Healthcare Benefit Programs
Medicare and Medicaid are the two most common healthcare benefit programs available to people with disabilities. Medicare is available to anyone under the age of 65 with a disability, and comprises a hospital insurance component and a medical insurance component. Medicaid is available to low-income individuals.
Social Security and Disability
Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income are two Social Security programs that support spinal cord injury survivors with disabilities. Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are available to anyone who can’t work as a result of their injuries.
Supplemental Security Income provides a monthly income to people who have a disability. In most states, Supplemental Security Income comes with paid Medicare premiums and Medicaid coverage for hospital stays, doctor bills, prescription drugs, and other health-related services.
The Ticket to Work Program
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 allows spinal cord injury survivors with disabilities to access rehabilitation and vocational services in an effort to increase their chances of getting steady, long-term employment. More information on this program can be accessed at www.yourticketowork.com.