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Mental Illness and Social Security Disability

October 9th, 2019

Unfortunately, there is still a lot stigma and misunderstanding when it comes to mental health issues. This is despite the fact that millions of Americans live with a mental health conditions. The National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) recognizes the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week. It does so in order…

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Tips for Using Social Media to Protect Your Privacy

Cell phone with social media apps displayed September 16th, 2019

Most of us have some form of social media. We use it to express our feelings, stay in touch with loved ones, remember birthdays and events, and share images. But one way in which it can be used may just surprise you. The federal government may use it to monitor if you are eligible for…

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What is the Difference Between Back Pay and Retroactive Benefits?

sand in hourglass and cash on table August 29th, 2019

When you are approved for SSD benefits, you may be eligible for two separate forms of past due payments. But what are the differences between them? Let’s take a closer look. What is Back Pay? Back pay is benefits that are due to you from the time you applied for disability to the time you…

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Americans with Disabilities Act: 29th Anniversary

Americans with Disabilities Act booklet July 26th, 2019

29 years ago today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), was passed, which marked a major milestone in protecting the rights of those with disabilities. It is regarded as one of the most robust pieces of civil rights legislation. What Did the ADA Establish? The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities…

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What Are Compassionate Allowances?

People clasping hands together June 27th, 2019

The Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances program helps quickly identify disability applicants who have extremely severe medical conditions in an effort to reduce wait times. According to the SSA, a variety of organizations and experts were consulted to determine which conditions are considered to be Compassionate Allowances. These sources include The National Institutes of Health,…

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Investigation Requested into Doctors Paid to Review SSD Applications

doctor reviewing paperwork June 7th, 2019

The chairman of a Congressional Ways and Means Subcommittee has requested a federal investigation into the process under which states hire doctors to review applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. U.S. Representative John Larson of Connecticut has formally requested the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal government’s fiscal watchdog, investigate how doctors…

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Social Security Disability Fund to Last 20 Years Longer than Once Predicted

April 30th, 2019

In a recent report, the Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates the Social Security Disability trust fund will remain solvent until 2052—a stark contrast to the 2032 date they reported just one year ago. Future Predictions In the event the SSD trust fund were to run out of money, those currently enrolled in the program would…

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