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The Nuts and Bolts of Applying for Disability Benefits in the US if you have ME/CFS or Long COVID.

New Webinar from Open Medicine Foundation!

 The Nuts and Bolts of Applying for Disability Benefits in the US if you have ME/CFS or Long COVID.

In this webinar, we will highlight 3 topics:




3.     YOU ARE ON DISABILITY: is there anything else you need to do?


While viewing the webinar, refer to this summary sheet to quickly access key takeaways from each of the three sections.

We are grateful to Dr. Richard Podell whose input was invaluable in making this webinar possible. And a huge thank you to our two expert presenters, Barbara Comerford, JD, and Gudrun Lange, PhD who gave their time and remarkable expertise to share their knowledge to help us navigate this difficult task of applying for disability benefits.

Dr. Richard Podell is board certified in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine with his training at Harvard Medical School, followed by his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Podell is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and was a visiting investigator at Rockefeller University until 2022. He wrote a book and has presented several formal seminars on obtaining Disability benefits.

B. Comerford is a highly experienced disability lawyer with over 30 years of practice. She focuses on ERISA long-term disability insurance claims and litigation, Social Security Disability claims and litigation, and government disability benefits. She has lectured extensively on these topics throughout the United States and has co-authored professional journal articles on proving disability in ME/CFS cases. She has testified before the U.S Department of Health & Human Services CFS Scientific Advisory Committee and served on non-profit Boards, including the CFIDS Association of America and the Roy White Foundation. Ms. Comerford has also been interviewed by the media on the topic of Long COVID disability and we are honored to hear her thoughts and suggestions today. We are grateful to Ms. Comerford for sharing her insights and thank her for helping so many people. 


Dr. Gudrun Lange is a Clinical Neuropsychologist in New York City. Her research and clinical career spans over 25 years. Throughout the years, her federally funded research work has been informed by her continuing clinical activity. Dr. Lange’s work over the years included neuroimaging and behavioral research with populations that experienced concussion and mild traumatic brain injury, Gulf War Illness, ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia, and most recently cognitive symptoms experienced in post-COVID infection. Dr. Lange has published over 50 peer reviewed articles, has served on many federal grant review boards, and continues to sit on advisory panels at the Centers for Disease Control and the NIH/NINDS as she has special expertise in cognitive function in ME/CFS. We are honored to hear Dr. Lange’s dialogue with Ms. Comerford and appreciate all that she has done for so many. 


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