There are more than 600,000 people in the US living with kidney disease. If you have kidney disease or if you need a kidney transplant and can’t work, you can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits. Disability benefits can provide money that can be used to pay for living expenses like housing or a mortgage, food, and other necessities so that you don’t have to worry about making ends meet while you are sick and can’t work. The only requirement that you have to meet in order to file a claim for Social Security disability benefits is that you [...]
Employment is higher for working-age Americans with disabilities than one year ago as published in a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Specifically, "the employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities increased from 29.5 percent in June 2018 to 31 percent in June 2019 (up 5.1 percent or 1.5 percentage points)." Additionally, the labor force participation rate—which is the percentage of the population that is working or actively looking for work—saw gains from 32.5 percent in June 2018 to 33.9 percent in June 2019 (up 4.3 percent or 1.4 percentage points) among working-age people with disabilities. These findings are important [...]
During this webinar Elizabeth Jones, MSW, LCSW will discuss 1) the benefits of working, furthering your education, training, volunteering and remaining active, 2) how these benefits can increase the likelihood of receiving a kidney transplant and decrease depression and 3) about work incentives for Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicaid recipients.
Print out the flier At the Dialysis Patient Citizens Education Center we believe it is extremely important to educate kidney patients at all stages of kidney disease as well as their family members. We offer free, monthly webinars and conference calls on an assortment of topics related to kidney care. We work hard to help fill in the gaps for people living with kidney disease who need to learn more about their disease, treatments and quality of life to enable them to be key members of their health care team. Included is a list of educational topics for the [...]
The DPC Education Center invites people living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), end-stage renal disease (ESRD), their families and professional staff to join us for our monthly webinars. You can also join by phone or view the recordings online at a later time. The webinars are planned for the fourth Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Eastern time zone, except for November and December when they will be held during the third week of the month. You can download monthly webinar fliers to share with others and/or register for webinars at www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars. Join by phone by calling 1-877- 399-5186 and [...]
Here are a couple employment and financial resources that may be helpful to people with and without disabilities.
The US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division published an opinion letter last week stating that surgery for people who donate an organ qualifies as a “serious health condition” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The letter may provide reassurance to individuals that are considering donating a kidney, but are concerned about losing their jobs due to being away for surgery or post-surgery care. About the Family and Medical Leave Act The FMLA allows “eligible employees of covered employers” the ability to take 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during a 12-month period for certain family and medical conditions. [...]
Social Security provides work incentives and its Ticket to Work program to help people who receive disability benefits and are interested in working. The employment programs are meant to prepare people for work and ease the transition to employment. For those that get a job and later discover they are unable to work, it is possible to receive disability benefits again. In addition, filing a new application may not be necessary. Work Incentives Benefit Summary Social Security offers work incentives to make the transition to employment easier. Some of the benefits include: Cash benefits - Continuing to receive disability cash benefits for a period [...]
The Kidney & Urology Foundation of America offers a scholarship and awards program for kidney and urology patients. The Scholarship and Awards program is designed to stimulate education and allow individuals to live productively with renal and urologic disease. Academic scholarships for college-bound patients and awards for individual recognition are among the opportunities available through the Scholarship & Awards program. There are four awards available. All with application deadlines of May 18, 2018. To learn more about these awards and download the applications visit: http://www.kidneyurology.org/Patient_Resources/scholarships.php