Some commentators claim that workers across the country have been leaning on the Social Security disability insurance benefits program as some kind of proxy for unemployment when those benefits have been exhausted. Researchers at the Columbia Business School decided to look into that issue. Professors from the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley participated in the recent research project.
In 2008, the Social Security Administration first launched the Compassionate Allowances Initiative to expedite claim determinations for the most severe qualifying medical conditions, according to the agency.
Cervical cancer may not necessarily garner as many headlines as some other forms of cancer. But, each year many women in California hear the news from the doctor that they have cervical cancer. Since the mid-1950s, the survival rate for women diagnosed with this form of cancer has increased significantly. Sources believe that much of the reason the survival rate has shown such positive results can be linked to the use of the Pap test, which can be important for early detection.
Anxiety disorders may include conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety, phobias and other forms of social anxiety issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anxiety disorders are generally recognized as the most common class of mental health issue that Americans suffer. Some estimate that the number of adults in the United States who suffer from anxiety disorders reach as high as 40 million people per year. Notably, the CDC says that people in developed countries are more likely to suffer from some form of anxiety disorder.
The Social Security Disability Insurance program was created more than a couple years ago, and so was much of the documentation that helps administrative law judges, vocational experts and other staff members make certain decisions. For instance, the job listings document used by vocational experts was last updated in 1991.
Overall growth in the population, the maturing of baby boomers and an increase of women in the workforce over a generation or more are among the main reasons that the number of people seeking Social Security disability insurance benefits has risen in recent decades. These are among the findings of two economists who say that an aging population alone would lead to the number of people who may need to rely upon the important federal insurance benefits.
The Social Security Administration knows that when a child has a mental or physical disability, household budgets may be strained. The Supplemental Security Income program is a social safety net for people with disabling conditions in low income households. And in some cases, a child may qualify for SSI benefits.
Mental health conditions like depression are not taken as seriously as they should. However, with millions of people suffering from depression in the United States, hopefully the condition will receive more attention by health care providers, friends and family members in the future.
The partial government shutdown may have had many people who rely upon Social Security disability insurance benefits and other federal programs on edge. Although the government is back up and running, the Labor Department still has not released some important numbers on inflation.
September is known as National Childhood Cancer month. Last Friday when the Red Sox came to California to play the Dodgers, a 6-year-old cancer patient was brought onto the field to meet with one of the pitchers from the East Coast team.