Financial Support

 

Living with a chronic condition like EDS, where every day can be different to the one before, it can be hard to continue working and maintain your physical health. Here we have a list of financial services that you may be entitled to.

 

In depth details of the above

Jobseekers Support – This payment is for people who are between jobs or returning to work after a period away.

To apply:

  • Fill in the online application form or pick up a paper copy from your local MSD office.  This form will also tell you what you need to do next, documentation you need to give to MSD, how the process of receiving the Jobseeker support works and the terms and conditions that need to be met and abided by.

Jobseekers Support with Medical certificate – This is for people who are likely to be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week within the next 2 years but are presently unable to work due health struggles.

To Apply:

  •  Fill in the online application form or pick up a paper copy from your local MSD office.  This form will also tell you what you need to do next, documentation you need to give to MSD, how the process of receiving the Jobseeker support works and the terms and conditions that need to be met and abided by.
  • You will also need to see your GP who fills in a digital medical certificate (they already have this in their systems). This certificate will state your medical conditions along with estimation of work availability. This then gets sent automatically to MSD which then uses your name and personal details to be linked to your application.

Supported Living Payment (SLP) – This payment is for people who have long term health challenges and are medically deemed unable to work for a minimum of 2 years.

To apply:

  • You can either fill in the form online / download and print / pick up a copy of the form from your local MSD office.

  • Once this form is filled in, you then need to see your GP who needs to give you a MSD medical certificate stating you will be unable to work for a minimum of 2 years and that you will be unable to work more than part time hours.

  • It can also help to have a letter from your GP, specialist, physio etc reinforcing the diagnosis and that you won’t be able to work more than 20 hours per week for a minimum of 2 years. This isn’t necessary for the application but can help minimise possible questions.

  • Your application then goes to a review board who will access your application. They can request you to see a Dr of their choosing (at their expense) for an impartial 2nd opinion. This isn’t always required but if it is, I suggest you take the diagnostic criteria with you and any other documentation you have that may help clarify your situation. The report then gets sent back to MSD and added to your file to be assessed again then have the decision made.

Additional application information:

Accommodation Supplement – The amount of this payment is defined by the area you live and the type of accommodation (rent/ board or home mortgage with rates etc). Link:

            To apply

  • Download and print or pick up a application form from your local MSD office.

  • You need proof of your accommodation costs (rent/ board/ mortgage payments/ rates etc) to include in the application.

  • Take this to your appointment with MSD.

Disability Allowance – This is to help pay for ongoing medical expenses important to your health so can vary from person to person. Costs that can be covered are: GP visits, Prescriptions, Natural supplements, Alternative treatment (physio. osteopath, chiropractor etc), Clothing needed for your health, Bracing, Pool / Gym memberships, Dietary needs etc. The full list can be found here.

            To apply:

  • The application can be found as part of the SLP form / download from website and print / pick up a copy from your local MSD office.

  • Make a lists of all your expenses related to your medical needs for a year (including costs that are yet to happen)

  • You will need your GP to sign a medical certificate that is included in the application form endorsing these expenses

  • Take this application to your MSD appointment which will then be processed broken down into weekly amounts which are paid into your account as part of your overall payment.

  • The disability allowance has a total sum of approximately $64 per week.

Temporary Additional Support (TAS) – This is to help with costs that are uncovered by the different supplementary, for example: medical costs above the $64 p/w for the disability allowance.

            To apply:

  • The application can be found online to download and print or pick up a copy from your local MSD office

  • You need to fill in the form including sharing what you are doing to try and reduce your costs.

  • Take this form with you to your MSD appointment or drop into your local MSD office for them to process

  • The TAS is reviewed every 3 months and can be reapplied for online via your ‘My MSD’.

Emergency Grants – These are there to help cover a variety of costs (emergency dental, car repairs, travel for medical needs or funerals or tangi’s, medical appointments that are with people who aren’t available to see through your local DHB or if you need to see someone else as a result of being declined from your DHB. Emergency costs that are unexpected but are necessary to supporting daily life).

            To apply:

  • Get a quote for the expense from the appropriate business.

  • Phone 0800 559 009 and say “Emergency costs” then follow through with the voice prompts.

  • Theses costs generally need to be paid back and are at the discretion of MSD as to if your eligible to receive the funding.

My MSD – through this service, you can: see your weekly payment, apply for a food grant, check your personal detail among a variety of other things.

You may not always need to have an in person appointment for these applications, there is now a facility online via ‘My MSD’ to upload documentation. This facility needs the person you speak with at MSD to make it available and they will talk you through how to use it.

If there is a decision made in relation to any of your applications that you disagree with, you can request a Review of the Outcome.

You may also be entitled to financial support for traveling to-and-from medical appointments, this is called National Travel Assistance and you can find more information on the health.govt website.