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Monday, January 26, 2015
Financial aid disability
My husband has COPD, has never smoked. He is 57 years old, has been unable to work for the past 4-5 years. He was turned down for Social Security because he hasn`t paid in for the past 5 years. It seems like Soc. Sec. benefits are paid to illegals, and immigrants, that have never paid in. Yet, a U.S. citizen who did work but is now suffering from a chronic illness is not eligible. Is there any financial help available?
It is very uncommon for lifetime non-smokers to develop COPD. Some of the other conditions that can cause COPD (other than smoking) include
- inherited alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency,
- bronchiectasis, and
- dust or chemical exposure in some occupations.
The first step is to determine why he has COPD and establish a confident diagnosis. Financial benefits are beyond the scope of this forum.
James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University