Archive | May, 2013

May Closes Out Arthritis Awareness Month

From the US Centers for Disease Control: Arthritis is a basis for many Social Security disability and SSI claims, since it affects an estimated 50 million U.S. adults, and continues to be the most common cause of disability in the United States.  May is Arthritis Awareness Month. This year’s theme, “Faces of Arthritis,” (http://www.arthritis.org/facesofarthritis) is designed to […]

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Don’t Wait to Apply for Disability

Here is a good Q+A from a St. Augustine FL newspaper – always good to understand why people are confused by the rule that a disability must last or be expected to last for 12 months before eligibility. Q: I heard that my disability must be expected to last a year to qualify for Social Security disability […]

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Seattle Lawyer Weighs in on Debate about Benefits

Seattle attorney Peter  H. D. McKee, a longtime lawyer for the disabled in Seattle, published this editorial recently: “In the past few weeks, a growing storm of attacks against disabled Americans has been fueled by the repetition of inaccurate and dangerous myths about the Social Security disability program. “National Public Radio (NPR) recently aired a […]

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Judges Accused of Bias

Reported today by Reuters: A federal judge in Brooklyn on Friday gave preliminary approval to a proposed settlement in a lawsuit that alleges five administrative law judges displayed hostility and bias toward disability benefit claimants. U.S. District Judge Carol Amon also conditionally certified a class of potentially thousands of individuals whose Social Security disability insurance […]

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Economic Security of Social Security Benefits

From our colleague Debra Shifrin: More than 14 million American workers depend on the Social Security Disability Insurance program for life-sustaining funds needed to help pay their basic living expenses. Yet recent media attacks have tried to color opinions of this effective social insurance program that provides much-needed economic security and access to health care […]

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