A new report from the Census Bureau shows that the number of people in this country dealing with a "severe disability" has increased by a significant amount over the last five years.
In a perfect world, every Social Security Disability case would be promptly handled and cleared, freeing up officials to work on the next case, and the one after, and the one after that. People would happily accept their SSD benefits and move on, while the system took care of the people that kept applying. However, we don't live in a perfect world. SSDI cases are constantly thrown into backlog, and the number of cases isn't dwindling -- it's only growing.
When a person receives a cancer diagnosis, they can rather quickly experience some big impacts on their life, both from the disease and the treatments. These potential effects include impacts on their work life. A recent study indicates it is not at all uncommon for a person to miss a fair chunk of time from work in the year following a diagnosis.
Who says Democrats and Republicans can't work together? OK, most people agree that bipartisan moments are rare between the two, but the political parties recently struck a budget deal that will raise the national debt limit, increase spending on the military and on nonmilitary programs and spare Social Security disability recipients any cuts in benefits for at least the next two years.
The news hit hard. When San Diego radio station KFMB reported that there would be no cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 2016 for people who receive Social Security disability benefits, hearts fell. After all, many recipients struggle to meet their monthly bills as it is and they were hoping for at least a small boost in benefits.
Many of us wrongly think of Alzheimer's disease as a condition that only plagues old people. The reality is that it can strike in the prime of life. The Alzheimer's Association says that many people with early-onset Alzheimer's are in their 50s or even their 40s.
Perhaps it's because school starts up after the summer break that September is named awareness month by a number of groups devoted to raising knowledge levels on different health conditions and diseases. For instance, we're in the middle of National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, Healthy Aging Month, National ITP Awareness Month (ITP is Immune Thrombocytopenia, a bleeding disorder) and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
If someone were to do a poll of what is most frustrating about the process of filing a Social Security Disability claim, there's a good chance that two common problems would surface near the top of the list. As many San Diego residents know, people with disabilities that prevent them from working are far too often denied legitimate claims. Their only way of getting benefits is to go through a complex appeals process.
We read newspaper and magazine articles from across the nation, as well as statements from the Social Security Administration in order to keep our San Diego readers up to date on Social Security Disability Insurance. We recently came across a letter to the editor of a Spokane, Washington, newspaper in which a reader argued that in recent years there have been "lowered standards and greatly expanded eligibility for Social Security Disability."
We typically think of Social Security Disability Insurance as the most important safety net available to disabled San Diego workers, but it is even more than that. SSDI and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) both provide needed monthly income to disabled children and to adults who have been disabled since childhood.