Archive | December, 2013

Intriguing Thought: Increasing Mental Health Care Under Affordable Care May Reduce Need for Social Security Disability

New changes brought about by health care reform will positively impact those who suffer from mental illness but are currently unable to seek treatment due to a lack of health care coverage. Under Obamacare, they cannot be rejected due to a pre-existing condition, including mental illness. In addition, mental health treatment must now be covered […]

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Safety Net Media Attacks, Analysis for 2013

Here’s just one section of an analysis of how media has distorted social safety net programs in America this year. Regarding Social Security Disability: “In addition to focusing on the implications of Social Security cuts for retirees, right-wing and mainstream outlets often directed unsubstantiated accusations at recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). “In March, National Public Radio featured a story showcasing […]

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Biggest Mistakes People Make Applying for Disability

We call these the “dirty dozen!” Here are some of the biggest mistakes we see people make when applying for disability benefits: Not applying soon enough – many months of eligibility can be lost. Taking ‘no’ for an answer – not appealing a denial. Taking ‘yes’ for an answer – accepting a late onset date […]

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Rise in Disability Applicants NOT Due to Unemployment

The Washington Post reports: Are workers using disability as an extended safety net when their jobless benefits lapse? And the answer seems to be: No. The economists exploited the fact that different states have pared back their jobless benefits at different times during the downturn and found that disability applications don’t rise in response. A previous […]

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UN Day of Persons With Disabilities

The United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities is held annually Dec. 3 to focus on issues that affect people with disabilities worldwide. This year marks the 21st observance and provides an opportunity to re-commit to helping persons with disabilities break down barriers. In the United States, Social Security often is the primary source […]

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How is a Social Security Disability Benefit Amount Calculated?

People contribute to Social Security through payroll taxes or self-employment taxes, as required by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and the Self-Employment Contributions Act (SECA). The maximum taxable amount is updated annually on the basis of increases in the average wage. Of the 161 million workers with earnings in Social Security–covered employment in 2012, about […]

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