For information, call the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Helpline at 1-800-843-6154, Monday through Friday (except state holidays), between 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Persons using a teletypewriter (TTY) can call 1-800-447-6404. The call is free.
You may qualify for medical benefits if you:
Income and assets All your earned income, and unearned income are reviewed when you apply for medical benefits. If you are age 65 or older or are disabled or are blind, your assets will also be reviewed. Earned income is wages from your job or profits from your business. Unearned income includes money from Social Security and any other money you receive. Assets are the things you own.
If you have too mu*****ome or assets to be eligible for medical benefits, but you meet all other eligibility requirements, DHS may put you in the medical benefits spenddown program. If you participate in the spenddown program, payment will be made for some of your medical care each month after you show your caseworker medical bills that equal a certain amount. This amount is called your spenddown amount.
You will receive a notice telling you the amount of your spenddown.
Health insurance You must also give DHS any information you have about your health insurance.
If you are getting cash from the federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program or have applied for and are approved to receive SSI, Social Security disability or Railroad disability benefits, this will be accepted to prove that you are aged, blind or disabled. If you do not receive these benefits and do not wish to apply for them, then your age, blindness, disability or incapacity will be evaluated by DHS.
Work like you don't need the money......
This surgery is for people who is over 100 lbs of there normal weight.
THAT is not true...it is for anyone who is a 40 BMI or over or those who are a 35-40 BMI with comorbids.
I was ONLY 55 lbs overweight but was a 35.s BMI AND had comorbids.
Now, to the original poster...unless you are between 30-35 BMI, GO for the VSG and stay away from the lap band.
Duodenal Switch (Lap) 01-24-11 | Surgeon: Stephen Boyce | High weight: 250 in 2002 | Surgery weight: 203 | Lowest weight: 121 | Current weight: 135 | Goal weight: 135