Archive | December, 2012

Record Numbers Drawing Disability

NewsMax reports that the number of workers collecting Social Security disability benefits reached a record 8.82 million in December, up from 8.80 million in November, according to new data from the Social Security Administration. The number of those receiving Social Security benefits — including retirees, dependent family members and their survivors, and disabled workers and […]

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SSI Disability Benefits For Children

Here is a part of a great article from Nolo Press and Disability Secrets about the intricacies of the disability program for kids: “Children can qualify for disability benefits only through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is available only to disabled people who have worked a certain length of […]

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Rare Diseases Fast-Tracked

From today’s Salt Lake Tribune: In an effort to ease the burden of being stricken with a debilitating condition, the Social Security Administration is expanding a program that fast-tracks disability claims by people who get serious illnesses such as cancer, early-onset Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease — claims that could take months or years to […]

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Education Levels in States Affect Rates of Disability Payments

Here is a fascinating study from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, showing maps illustrating the point that the higher the education level in a state, the lower the disability payment rates: “About 6 percent of the nation’s working-age population receive disability payments from Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), but some southern […]

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Wounded Warriors’ Claims Get Special Attention

From Market Watch’s CPA columnist Jeff Rose: Many of our military service members know first hand what it’s like to be wounded and unable to work. Anyone who has been disabled, including soldiers, can take advantage of two different Social Security benefits programs: Social Security Disability Insurance : Benefits are paid to disabled persons who […]

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