It is frustrating, but as someone with a fiance on disability (spinal injuries) let me tell you that it is far more than the check, which isn't a lot. It is the health insurance.
I am on health insurance that pretty much amounts to if I land in the hospital and need heart surgery it will pay up, anything else, forget it. My meds are barely covered, most not at all, any tests that I have to take (like all the blood work I always need done for being pre-diabetic) comes out of my pocket.
Now, o.k. I cope with that. But if my fiance lost his disability there is no way on earth I would be able to get his 6 meds he needs right now, let alone his doctor visits, blood work, sleep studies, other tests.
It is criminal, almost like holding people hostage. Less than 2% of the people that get on disability get off.
Also, there is fear. So much fear. If they get off disability, will they be able to get jobs after being unemployed for so long? Will they be able to do the job if they get it? Will they cope well? What if their job has terrible health insurance?
I want desperately for my fiance to get well and get off of disability, but the longer I watch him try, the more I know that most of the battle is within, and its a hard battle full of self loathing and no confidence in themselves.
If they have kids, I can almost see being afraid to get off of disability. What if they can't get jobs? They not only have themselves to worry about, but their kids.
I am not saying they are right to stay on disability. Or that they shouldn't try to get off if they can. I guess what I am saying is they need understanding too.
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