Applying for Disability Benefits

From the Chicago Tribune’s Elliot Raphaelson: In past columns, I have encouraged people who qualify to learn about and apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The Social Security Administration has a strict definition of who is disabled. You must have an impairment severe enough to prevent you from doing substantial work, and that […]

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Depression Can Be the Real Killer in Heart Disease

Clyde Boyce has been hospitalized 14 times in the past four years. Boyce, 61, survived two strokes and five operations to unblock arteries around his heart, including three procedures in which doctors propped open his blood vessels with stents. He takes 18 pills a day and gets injections every two weeks with a powerful drug […]

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Cuts in Social Security Funding Creates More Backlogs

“Protecting the American worker, SSDI provides support when we need it most. While the benefits are modest, averaging $1,172 per month, it provides vital assistance to 8.8 million Americans with disabilities — including nearly 1 million veterans. Roughly 80 percent of SSDI beneficiaries rely on this program as their main source of income and without […]

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You Must Appeal, and On Time!

It is not easy to win a disability claim. About 75% of all applications for either SSDI or SSI are rejected. Well over 50% are denied at the initial stage of application, but that is just the beginning. Sometimes when cases are denied, there has simply been an error in the application or medical record […]

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Important Family Benefits for Disabled Workers

One of the most important aspects of Social Security Disability is the benefits paid to family members. A family member is eligible for a monthly benefit that is up to 50 percent of the worker’s disability payment. Each family member may be eligible for a monthly benefit of up to 50 percent of the disability […]

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Social Security is 82!

82 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. It established one of our nation’s greatest social and economic achievements: a law that at its very core was meant to allow people to meet their basic needs at the most vulnerable times in their lives. Unfortunately, this hallmark legislation has […]

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Young Disabled Workers May be Eligible

Most of us don’t think about being disabled as a young adult, before having enough work history to technically qualify for disability payments. Social Security has a “Special Insured Status-Disabled” status for those taken out of the work force before Age 31. What Is Special Insured Status? “Special insured status” allows an option to the […]

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Rules change for Multiple Sclerosis Disability

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive autoimmune disease, impacting a variety of body systems. It often results in weakness and loss of function in use of legs and arms, bladder and vision problems, and frequently causes serious depression. Most patients have severe fatigue as a result of the disease. For many years, Social Security has […]

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