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Could You Be Eligible for VA and Social Security Disability?

If you are already receiving disability benefits through the Veterans Administration (VA) you may also be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSDI is administered by the SSA to provide monthly benefits for disabled workers. To receive SSDI, you must have worked enough to earn sufficient credits […]

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Benefit Decisions Delays Can Mean Death Before Payment

CBS in Chicago weighs in on the practical results of all the delays in benefit decisions – even for the terminally ill, whose cases are supposed to be fast-tracked. Numbers re abstract, real people aren’t. Laurie Mickelberg is a 49-year-old who needs her Social Security disability benefits now. She qualifies for them because she is […]

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Long Waits for Hearing Persist

Social Security (SSA) has experienced a chronic and growing hearing backlog, and increased case processing times in recent years. This causes people to wait longer for decisions. SSA’s pending hearing backlog grew from about 694,000 cases at the end of June 2010 to approximately 1 million at the end of June 2015 – the latest […]

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Mental Illness, Homelessness and Disability

Having a disability is a factor that increases the risk of becoming homeless. In 2009, almost 38 percent of the homeless population had a disability, compared with about 16 percent of the total U.S. population. People with a serious mental illness are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. Additionally, the nature of mental illness prevents many from […]

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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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As Unemployment Benefits Expire, Many Turn to Social Security

NPR reports that more than three million extra people are now collecting Social Security payments because of disability, than were in 2007. A new report from the Obama administration and others suggests that as people lose unemployment benefits, they’re going after disability benefits. Unemployment claims have been trickling down over the past few months, which […]

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