Gender Gap in Pay Costs Society in Long Run

Women who earn less also draw less when they become disabled or retire.

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Is the Internet the Answer for Everyone with Social Security Questions?

From Dean Baker in the Huffington Post: The media have been rightly focusing their attention on the long waiting lists for veterans seeking medical care, and even worse, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs cover-up… Unfortunately the VA system is not the only part of the government where essential services may be threatened by cutbacks. The […]

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Concerned About Someone’s Benefit Management?

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Why Are Details Important in Medical Records?

The proof in disability claims begins with the objective medical findings in the treating physician’s records. Office notes are often given more evidentiary weight than ANY narrative reports because they are made at the time of the visit and are seen as more reliable. For Social Security disability, however, the focus is on the ability […]

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Prostate Cancer Can be a Disabling Condition

Prostate cancer can be considered a disability by the Social Security Administration for those afflicted with the disease, provided that they are not working at what is deemed to be a “substantially gainful activity” level — which in 2014 is pegged at $1070/month. Also, the disabiluity must last or be expected to last for twelve […]

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Children’s Benefit – More Than it Seems

It’s common knowledge that child gets a dependent’s beneficiary check in an SSDI disability claim if a parent is found to be disabled. A child also draws a benefit in the case of a deceased worker. But here is one other way children can be supported by Social Security. An adult who disabled before age […]

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Regulations Now in Place for Benefits for Same-Sex Partners

Social Security has published new instructions that allow the agency to process more claims in which entitlement or eligibility is affected by a same-sex relationship. These instructions come in response to last year’s Supreme Court decision in U.S. vs. Windsor, which found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. This latest policy development […]

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Carolyn Colvin is New Commissioner of Social Security

The AP reports that President Barack Obama is naming the acting commissioner of the Social Security Administration to officially fill the job overseeing the massive retirement and disability program amid looming financial challenges. The White House said Friday that Obama will nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin, who has been the deputy commissioner for three and a […]

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Mental Disorders Lead Cause of Disability Payments

According to the latest Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, of the 10,088,739 disabled people receiving federal disability benefits in December 2012, according to the report, 3,576,844—or 35.5 percent–were diagnosed with a mental disorder. The second largest diagnostic group for disabled beneficiaries was “musculoskeletal system and connective tissue” problems. Of the […]

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Time Limit on How Long You Can Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social Security says: Your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition has not improved, and you cannot work. We will periodically review your case to determine if you continue to be eligible. If you are still receiving disability benefits when you reach your full retirement age, your disability benefits will automatically be […]

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