United Spinal & Allsup to Host Webinar on Social Security Benefits & Medicare Eligibility for People with Disabilities

Apr 12, 2012, 10:21 ET from United Spinal Association

NEW YORK, April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association's membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) and Allsup will host, What You Need to Know About SSDI and Medicare, a webinar designed for people who have questions about filing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and subsequent Medicare eligibility on Wednesday, April 18, 3-4 p.m. EDT (2-3 p.m. CDT).

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SSDI benefits and becoming eligible for Medicare means reliable access to healthcare --however, understanding how options work and comparing all the plans available can be frustrating and confusing.

The webinar will provide information on what one should think about when considering a Medicare plan, including the steps one should take when deciding how to use Medicare benefits.

SSDI eligibility criteria, the SSDI application process, and the full range of benefits that come with SSDI, including Medicare eligibility will be explained in the webinar.

According to the Social Security Administration, a 20-year-old worker has a 3-in-10 chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age. The risk is higher if you have chronic health conditions, as half of all Americans do. 

"The demands of meeting immediate needs can leave many people with disabilities and their families struggling to maintain stability if they have not planned ahead," stated Marlene Perkins, vice president of Corporate and Community Relations at United Spinal.

"Learning about your Social Security and Medicare benefits may be the smartest investment you can make in your finances and health," said Tai Venuti, Allsup's manager of Strategic Alliances. "I guarantee you it will be 60 minutes well-spent, especially if you have a spinal cord injury or disorder such as multiple sclerosis."

"So often people come up to me after a presentation and say, 'I wish I had known earlier what you told us today,'" Venuti added.

The United Spinal/Allsup webinar also will cover all the parts of Medicare: Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, plus Medigap and their significance for people with disabilities.

Registration information for webinar here.

About United Spinal Association
United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.

About Allsup
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.

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SOURCE United Spinal Association