My sister is on social security disability. She has been battling cancer for the past five years and now needs to travel to San Francisco for treatment. She needs financial assistance with her medical treatment but they say she makes too much money for medicaid. We want to set up a Go Fund Me page to assist her with her co pays and treatment and travel to and from Reno to San Francisco as well as a place to stay in that area while she is being treated.
I'm sorry to hear about your sister. Donations should not be considered as earned income and should not affect Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. You say she makes too much money for Medicaid, but she should be eligible for Medicare if she's on SSDI for 2 years.
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I agree with Mr Pham. A Go Fund Me page will have no affect on her benefits and does not have to be reported to Social Security. It sounds like she should be on Medicare by now, that the 2 year waiting period should have been satisfied. I hope you are able to raise the money she needs.
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As usual I agree with Ms. Kellman and Mr. Pham. So long as your sister is on SSDI rather than SSI (which is based on disability AND financial hardship) the donations will have no effect.
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