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Can Drugs and Alcohol Keep You From Getting Disability Benefits?

There is a public perception that those who suffer from drug abuse or alcoholism (DAA) will never be granted approval for disability benefits. That isn't to say, however, that benefits are granted ...
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New SSD Appeals Change Makes Advocates Wary

It's no secret that the Social Security Administration faces a tremendous backlog of disability claims to evaluate and process. SSA spokesman Mark Hinkle told Huffington Post that the agency is ...
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Updates for Disabled Americans with Student Loans

For some time now, disabled Americans who were saddled with hefty federal student loans remained eligible for loan forgiveness under the Total and Permanent Disability (“TPD”) Discharge ...
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The Basics of Social Security Disability

The Social Security Administration offers two programs that assist with disability benefits: Disability Insurance Benefits, and Supplemental Security Income. Disability Insurance Benefits provide ...
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Surprising pitfalls in disability cases: it's more than meets the eye

A colleague of mine once shared an anecdote about a recent disability case of his that had gone terribly, terribly wrong. The evidence was strong, the judge was fair, and the client’s testimony ...
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"Why won't you take my SSDI/SSI case?"

Every month, we are contacted by potential clients all across the nation asking if we can help them with their SSDI/SSI case. We strive to be as selective as possible in taking only the strongest ...
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How Is Disability Determined For The Purposes of SSDI?

When it comes to SSDI claims, everyone has their own idea of what constitutes disability. Some may consider a broken leg to be a disability, but such an injury may not be considered a disabling ...
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Long Waits Still Haunt the Social Security Disability Appeals Process

Just how long do Social Security disability applicants have to wait to appeal their denied claims? According to an alarming report from the Associated Press, as long as two years in some states. The ...
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New Federal Budget Adds Funds, Crackdowns to Social Security Disability Program

After months of debate by lawmakers over the future of Social Security Disability Insurance program, the program has been restored with funds that will keep it solvent until 2022. That replenishment ...
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Congress Has Yet to Replenish Social Security Disability Program

In report last month from the Social Security trustees, officials confirmed what many economists, lawmakers, and advocates have been predicting for some time: without action from Congress, the Social ...
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The Four Biggest Mistakes SSD Claimants Make When Applying for Benefits

While so many of us unable to work are able to benefit for Social Security Disability benefits, not all who apply for them—and truly need them—receive the relief they need. This is due to ...
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Report Claims Social Security Overpaid Recipients $17 Billion Over the Last Decade

According to a report from the agency's inspector general, Social Security has overpaid disability benefits recipients by $17 billion over the last decade. The discovery has added fuel to the ...
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Democrats Counter Republican SSDI Cuts With Creative Alternative

When they won a majority in congress during the 2014 mid-term elections, Republicans almost immediately went to work to attack the Social Security Disability program. They moved to block replenishing ...
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Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Some individuals receiving Social Security benefits must pay federal income taxes. The tax is computed only if you have substantial income. That income can include wages from work, self employment, ...
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Will the VA Reach Its 2015 Goal?

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that it had a staggering 600,000 veteran benefits claims backlogged, waiting to be seen and reviewed. The shocking number, attributed to ...
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Veterans Choice Act - Is it Making any Difference

The Veterans Choice Act was authorized by Congress to address the health care access issues faced by Veterans. The Act authorized a fund to operate for three years to provide Veterans who were ...
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Veterans' Administration Problems Continue

VA Secretary Bob McDonald is under fire as the scandals continue. CBS reports that widows of veterans have not been assisted with burial expenses, nor have they been extended the long tradition of ...
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New Plan Would Add $330 Billion to Social Security Disability Benefits

In the latest development in Congress' debate over the future of the Social Security disability program (SSD), the White House has offered a new fiscal plan that would prevent the program from ...
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Congress Debating Social Security Disability

Last month, the new, Republican-led session of the House of Representatives shocked everyone by taking aim Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). The new bill, which has passed, stops all ...
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Republicans Place New Restrictions on Social Security Disability Benefits

Last month, the new session of the House of Representatives passed a bill that will affect the way that the Social Security disability program will be funded. Under the new changes, the fund will no ...
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What Happens at a Social Security Disability Hearing?

If you applied for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits and your claim was denied, you are able to appeal the decision at a Social Security disability hearing. This hearing allows you and ...
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Filing a Disability Claim? Do It Right From the Beginning!

The Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits Program is a complex legal endeavor governed by extensive rules and regulations. Requirements are strict and numerous. There are eligibility ...
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Good News for Camp LeJeune Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Tuesday, September 23 that it will soon cover out of pocket health care costs for Marine dependents who contracted cancer and other illnesses from toxic ...
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Disability Claims for PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma

Veterans claimant service connection for disability based on an inservice personal assault face unique challenges in proving up their claims. Personal assault can include rape, physical assault, ...
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Good News for Veterans and Survivors

On Tuesday, September 16, the House of Representatives passed legislation that will increase Veterans disability compensation with a cost of living increase matching the rate of Social Security ...
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