Words+ is progressing towards hanging an OPEN shingle. It is extraordinary to have productive days accomplishing tasks that will benefit many again. The owner of Words+ desires to structure an employee owned company hiring individuals with significant disabilities whenever possible. My first assignment has been researching Social Security Disability Income regs.
By an incredible coincidence I know the Associate Commissioner for Social Security Employment Support Programs. I realized I knew the horse’s mouth Tuesday evening. In the infancy of my effort to amend the Medicare homebound restriction twelve years ago I received an email from Bob Williams, an advocate for the disabled and professional lobbyist. Bob was the exact person we needed on Capital Hill to get legislation introduced. I am hoping Bob is the go to guy again, because the information he provided is discouraging.
Regarding disability, our antiquated federal government maintains a black and white perspective, either you’re disabled or not. There are thousands of beautiful minds among us that are educated, but hampered by a severely disabled body that our government discourages from entering the work force becoming productive participants.
When I became involved in the effort to amend the homebound restriction I quickly discovered I was dealing with Medicare law that was written in the early sixties and kept in place by Congress to keep cost down. Technology had exponentially advanced since the homebound restriction was written. If fifty years ago and I chose to stay alive my choice would have been an iron lung in the hospital. Medical technology could not maintain a life at home if dealing with a chronic disease or severe disability. In the day the homebound restriction came to be you remained in the hospital or went home for a brief respite receiving home health care, discharged and returned to an able life.
Congress in its infinite wisdom would rather house me in an institution costing quadruple or more of the expense of living in the community and if I choose to live at home receiving minimal home health care I am imprisoned in the house except for medical appointments, church services and special occasions. SCREW THAT!!!
The information Bob gave me for individuals receiving Social Security Disability Income attempting to reenter the work force can earn unlimited for nine months then limited to poverty wages or lose SSDI. The real kick in the teeth is if this significantly disabled individual becomes a member of the tax base again they lose their Medicare funded health insurance in eight years. That is a blink of an eye. I considered going to work as an advocate for the disabled a decade ago, now here I would be uninsured with an uninsurable preexisting condition. If the severely disabled do attempt to work and their health fails it is not a given they will receive SSDI.
Currently my Words+ work is volunteered. There is zero federal support to assist me and others that are much more talented than I to become tax payers again or for the first time. I mentioned in the beginning how phenomenal it felt to be productive again, well flush all of the humanitarian reasons for the severely disabled working and look at it from a pure accounting perspective, it makes financial sense. Anything that subtracts from the trillions of debt creates longevity for this nation.
I am calling on all of my friends that advocate for the disabled and anyone with a voice to come together and exterminate this stupidity! Thanks for reading. Have a great day! dj