As a hospital, you may encounter patients who have special needs, such as disabilities. Aside from providing them with medical attention, you may also give them support by helping them apply for social security benefits.
Definition of Disability
The Social Security Administration (SSA) states that a disabled person is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity, and he is at risk of physical or mental impairment if he does so. Such impairments or disabilities should be certified by licensed medical practitioners via diagnoses or laboratory testing.
What to Expect in the Application Process
If your patient intends to apply for social security disability, it is important that all requirements are prepared. Some documents needed are medical reports, employment reports, and possibly previous insurance policies. It can be quite complex for many patients, and even some doctors and nurses are unfamiliar with policies.
It is a given that applications for social security disability for children and other dependents can be a lengthy process. If you need more information, feel free to consult with the specialists. Experts in social security disability are certified by the SSA, and they can talk you and your patient through the process.
Supporting your patients throughout these application processes adds value to your service as a health care provider. In this way, your patients trusts you further for their care, and at the same time, they receive the disability benefits that they need.