Friday, October 2, 2009

Resources for People with Disabilities

Question: After decades in the work force, I recently became ill. Due to my disability, I am no longer able to work. I am having difficulty connecting with the available services and am having trouble navigating the Medicaid and Medicare system. Can you help me?

Answer: I am sorry to hear about your circumstances and hope that the following will be useful to you.

Disability.gov at http://www.disability.gov/ is a portal to resources available on both a national and state specific level. The search box allows you to search thousands of resources on their website. On the main page, you will find links to topics such as technology, health, civil rights, education and more. You can connect with Disability.gov's information via their email updates, newsletter, RSS feeds, blog and Twitter account by using the links on the right side of the page.

To assist with your questions about Medicare and Medicaid you might want to visit the health insurance section at https://www.disability.gov/?s=&fq=topics_taxonomy:%22Health^^Health+Insurance^^%22. You will discover a great amount of information separated into topics such as agency contacts, prescription drug program, health plans that are available in your location, insurance eligibility, and much more.

The amount of information on this site is tremendous but it is well organized by category, topic or location. Best wishes to you as you seek the appropriate services to meet your needs.

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