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The basic requirements for qualifying for SSI benefits

Mississippi residents who are facing tough times, financially speaking, are usually looking for ways to help lighten the burden of bills and expenses that seem to continue to pile up. For some people, this means taking on a second job or working more overtime hours. However, some of our readers in Mississippi don't have this option. Some are either disabled or have extremely limited means. People who find themselves in this type of situation may be able to qualify for Supplemental Security Income, also known as SSI.

May the force be with you this holiday in Alcorn County

The holiday season is an opportunity to gather with family and friends. Food and drink is often consumed during holiday celebrations. For those that drink alcohol, it is important to remember not to drink and drive. To this end, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has unveiled a new campaign to prevent drunk driving during the holiday season.

Helping the disabled to claim SSI benefits

The U.S. government provides certain benefits for individuals who are disabled. One of the largest such programs is Supplemental Security Income disability. If your condition qualifies you for the program, if you have worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes, the government may pay you and certain members of your family. However, getting through the hurdles to show that you are eligible for the benefits is not easy. SSI has specific categories of impairment. Various disorders and illnesses are placed in each category. Cardiovascular system impairments category covers heart disease and chronic heart failure. Digestive system impairments include liver disease, hemorrhage and inflammatory bowel disease. Mental disorders like autism, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders are also covered by SSI. Special senses and speech impairments are also covered and may be applied to individuals who are blind, deaf or have speech disorders.

Fatal car accidents and teen drivers

In a just a few weeks, school-aged children will be out for winter break. This is a great time for family and friends to be together during the holiday season. This may also be the time when teen drivers are out in greater numbers. These inexperienced drivers can sometimes pose a threat to themselves and other drivers on the road.

Who is covered by OSHA regulations?

OSHA was created by legislation known as the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The purpose of this legislative action is to protect American workers. OSHA creates minimum standards that must be met by employers to ensure the health and safety of workers. The Occupations Safety and Health Administration enforces the workplace safety standards that aim to accomplish this goal. Workers who believe that OSHA standards are not being met in their workplace may request a visit from an OSHA inspector.

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