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Mom Autism Money

Apr 12, 2022

Applying for SSI or SSDI is a daunting process that’s anything but transparent. The system is set up for you to fail, and as a result a lot of people eventually just give up.

Today, we sit down with social work expert Dena Gassner, who presents her proven system for successfully applying for SSI/SSDI – without getting a lawyer. She educates us on the seven criteria Social Security is looking for (but won’t actually tell you about) and how to cross reference medical reports with your personal narrative.

She also lets us in on the fact that Social Security will be thrilled to give you an extra budget for financial literacy purposes, and how to itemize living expenses so you can qualify for your max benefit. We also learn more about how to get Medicaid to pay for Medicare premiums when you’re on SSI/SSDI.

You won’t want to miss this episode of Mom Autism Money!


Check out today's sponsor, CalABLE:
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United Cerebral Palsy: 
Contact Dr. Connie Anderson to check audit availability for Dena's class at Townson:

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