The Social Security Disability (SSD) application process often requires you to show evidence of certain medical care. For instance, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may need to see proof you are seeing a doctor regularly for your medical condition or you may need to present documentation of specific lab tests or medical evaluations.
If you cannot afford regular doctor visits, this requirement creates a bit of a conundrum. You lack money since you cannot work due to your condition, but to get the benefits you deserve, you have to spend money that you do not have.
The SSA does not provide medical resources to applicants who cannot afford treatment. You are responsible for obtaining the medical evidence on your own. Fortunately, you have several resources available to get the care you need.
How Can I Get the Care I Need If I Cannot Afford It?
Most cities and rural areas have government-funded hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices that exist strictly for low-income residents. These places often provide medical services, including check-ups, exams, and lab testing, free of charge to qualifying individuals.
You can visit the state-run hospital in your community or local area and inquire about what services are available. Someone should be able to direct you to a place where you can get the help you need.
Can I Visit a Private Clinic Instead?
If no community health centers are available in your local area—or if you simply prefer a private provider—many health clinics cut their fees, work out special discounts, and even offer services free of charge to low-income patients.
Compared to visiting a state-run health center, it might take a little more legwork to locate a private clinic willing to work with you. However, our attorneys can help you locate a doctor interested in helping you get disability benefits.
Occasionally, we can find a doctor willing to work out a special deal based on your status. Many such doctors require non-insurance patients to pay up front, but some will slash their fees—or even work for free—for a new patient applying for disability.
Can I Qualify for Medicaid or Another Benefit Program?
Lastly, if you cannot afford health insurance or out-of-pocket medical costs, that is a good sign that you might qualify for your state’s Medicaid program, or a number of other government benefits to help with health care costs.
Every state has different requirements. We can help determine if you qualify for your state’s program. If so, we can help you apply. Once you start receiving benefits, we can help you move forward with your disability application.
How Can I Speak to a Disability Lawyer for Free?
Regardless of your financial situation, the team of attorneys at the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, can help you. That is because we do not charge you anything until we succeed in winning you benefits. Call 866-628-8179 for a free consultation.