Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

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Our membership community provides a lifeline for many individuals that are focused on regaining their independence and improving their quality of life––whether they are leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or have spent years of frustration coping with disability. We provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics they are passionate about, such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.

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United Spinal’s Ask Us program connects you with information, resources, and access to our “Ask Us Spinal Cord Central” help center. Browse the Knowledge Books below for answers to your questions. If you can’t find what you are looking for just Ask Us and one of our knowledgeable staff will provide you with answers.
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It’s Open Enrollment Time for Health Insurance

If you’re uninsured or looking for more affordable health insurance, the “open enrollment” period is the time to visit healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 or visit your state’s healthcare website.

Each state has health insurance “navigators” to assist individuals with enrollment in health insurance plans. During “open enrollment”, private health insurance options can be reviewed and coverage can be purchased. People with low and moderate incomes may be able to get financial help to pay for health insurance coverage. You can also sign up for insurance outside of the open enrollment period, if you have lost your job, married, divorced or have had a baby. You may enroll in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at any time, year round.

  • November 1, 2016- open enrollment begins
  • December 15, 2016- enroll before this date to have coverage January 1, 2017
  • January 31, 2017- open enrollment ends

This is a good time to check your health insurance coverage and see if it still meets your healthcare needs – the right healthcare providers, adequate number of therapy visits, covered medications? You may enroll in a different plan each year or you will be automatically re-enrolled in your current plan.  For more information on specific topics, the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative has a comprehensive set of materials available on disability issues and the Affordable Care Act.

2016-10-26T20:02:55+00:00 Featured, United Spinal News|