Archive | August, 2014

SSDI: The Truth Behind Political Mischaracterizations

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is an integral part of the Social Security system that provides vital economic security to workers and their families. SSDI provides modest but essential coverage that American workers earn, and protects against the economic devastation that often accompanies life-changing disability. Unfortunately, recent media coverage (including recent opinion pieces […]

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Combination of Impairments Must be Considered

It is worth a reminder that the law requires the Social Security Administration to consider the combined effects of impairments— physical, mental or emotional —when making a decision about disability. The combination of such impairments may be disabling, even though each separately is not. Too often claimants do not tell Social Security, or even their […]

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US News and World Report Debunks Trust Fund “Crisis”

Reporter Chad Stone writes: The rising number of people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits in recent decades and the projected depletion of the program’s trust fund in 2016 are whipping up a frenzy in some quarters that disability insurance is “out of control.” Don’t believe it. These developments were largely anticipated and are quite […]

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Young Working Immigrants Add to Medicare Fund Stability

America’s growing immigrant population might not be all that bad for the country’s health-care system. In fact, it’s probably playing an important role in helping to keep it afloat. U.S. immigrants’ net contribution to Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, the program’s core funding source, was $183 billion between 1996 and 2011. US-born Americans? Negative $69 […]

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“Adult Children” May Be Able to Draw Disability on Parent’s Work Record

An adult disabled before age 22 may be eligible for “child’s” benefits if a parent is deceased or starts receiving retirement or disability benefits. Social Security considers this a “child’s” benefit because it is paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record. The “adult child”—including an adopted child, or, in some cases, a stepchild, grandchild, […]

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Medication Side Effects are Important to Document!

People with disabilities are necessarily on medications to manage their symptoms, no matter what the medical or psychiatric symptoms. Often these medications have side effects that are nearly as troublesome as the original symptoms, but are necessary for lessening or containing the illness – think of chemotherapy. Many have side effects such as fatigue and […]

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Social Security Trust Fund Still On Track

The Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2033, unchanged from last year, with 77 percent of benefits still payable […]

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