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If You Are Hiv Positive Are You Able To Get Disability Benefits

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New York State Supreme Court Judge Orders NYPD to Reconsider Decision to Deny HIV-Positive Officer Disability Benefits

New York State Supreme Court Justice Rolando Acosta on Tuesday ordered the New York City Police Department to reconsider its decision to deny disability benefits to an unidentified officer who says she was infected with HIV while on the job, the... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

California Bill Extending Government-Funded Health Care Benefits to HIV-Positive People Not Being Implemented, Los Angeles Times Reports

A California law (AB 2197 ) signed by former Gov. Gray Davis (D) in September 2002 that aims to extend government-funded health care benefits to HIV-positive residents who have not developed AIDS has yet to be implemented by Gov. Arnold... Read more »
Being Alive

Working While Collecting Disability Benefits

Many people who are collecting disability benefits would like to consider doing some work if it won't interfere with their benefit payments. Whether they are covered under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits?

I have been living with HIV for 13 and in 2009 was diagnosed with AIDS . My cd4 count had dropped to below 200 in the 13 years with no meds . I was started with treatment and now I keep getting sick with infections. I just found out that I have...
Christa Douaihy, Esq.

Response from Christa Douaihy, Esq.

Member, City of NY Bar Association Committee on AIDS
Dear Writer,Thank you for writing about such an important topic!From your description of your medical conditions you very well may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration ("SSA"). An AIDS diagnosis by itself... Read more »

Standard Insurance terminated my disability benefits

I've been on disability through Standard Insurance for about a year and a half. With a lot of hard work, my health has improved substantially. I was in the process of arranging to return to my job half-time, with the understanding that...
Lynn L. Franzoi

Response from Lynn L. Franzoi

Worldwide Benefits for Fox, Inc.
If you don't have a copy of the summary plan description (SPD) for your LTD plan with Standard Insurance, you should get a copy and review the appeals process, the time periods by which they must respond, what information they must give you... Read more »

Divorce and HIV and Disability

This is not directly a workplace question but related to it. I have bee positive for eight years. My husband (same-sex marriage in MA, 30 months) is negative. I am not on meds: the possibility exits that I might be an "LTNP" or...
Jacques Chambers, C.L.U.

Response from Jacques Chambers, C.L.U.
Disability is really a generic word whose meaning changes based on the context in which it is used. For example, being HIV+ is considered a disability or being disabled with regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Conversely, most... Read more »

Re:Re HIV and Disability

Hey Dr. Bob, no need to thank me for the last post! I'm always happy to do my part. By my calculations, you've given me way more minutes of smiles and laughter reading your columns than I've spent on the response to SSI-guy (and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Professional Whore-In-Training,Hmm . . . it seems Sybil Trelawney's crystal ball is as cloudy as ever. Sorry about the gender-bending confusion. I'm still recovering from a recent Crumble-Horned Snorkack bite and it may have affected... Read more »
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Long Term Disability Insurance and HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
$13,000. Worth of advice
about group disability insurance coverage.

When I first became fully disabled and unable to work I was worried but felt comfortable in knowing that I was covered by my employers long-term group disability policy. I knew that... Read more »

off of disability and off to work

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
hiv pos for 10 years......almost dead 2 years back to work full time and coming off of disability......anyone else in the same boat....would like to hear from you......


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Posted by franfrog, 3 Replies
Ok does anyone know if you are on permanant disability if you are able to work at all? Read more »

Etiquette Rules when Meeting a Disabled Person

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
I ran across this list in my morning reading. Good stuff. As a person who uses a power wheelchair to get around and who has an HIV related cognitive disorder that causes me to speak slowly, have difficulty undrstanding conversations, and have... Read more »