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Social Security cost of living adjustment for 2015: 1.7 percent

Every year, the Social Security Administration announces the percentage by which beneficiaries’ payments will increase in according with changes in the cost of living. These increases, known as cost of living adjustments (COLA), have been rather small the last couple years—1.5 percent for 2014 and 1.7 percent for 2013—compared to the 2012 increase, which was 3.6 percent. For 2011 and 2010, there was actually no increase at all. Compare that to the 1975 increase of 8 percent, and the 1980 increase of 14.3 percent.

GOA report highlights issue of “triple-dipping” among vets

The Veterans Administration and the Social Security Administration oversee massive funds for disability benefits, so it makes sense that both agencies would routinely face scrutiny regarding their stewardship of those funds. Readers may be aware of the various criticisms against the Social Security Administration, including the problem of fraud and the increase in the number of those receiving Social Security disability benefits.

New study captures more accurate picture of PTSD among deployed vets

As readers know, this week we celebrated Veterans Day as a nation. It is common knowledge that disability is prevalent among Iraq and Afghanistan vets, particularly mental disability in the form of post-traumatic stress. Estimates of the extent of the impact vary, but according to a new study, PTSD is said to impact over one in six soldiers who served in the two most recent war efforts.

ALJs struggle to reduce backlog of disability appeals while maintaining accuracy

Social Security disability is an important resource for thousands of severely disabled Americans, but the program has been facing troubles for some time. Among these problems is that the Social Security Administration has been trying to deal with a major backlog of disability applications. At present, there are currently 990,339 applicants awaiting a decision from administrative law judges.

Social Security judges sometimes make inaccurate decisions

In the SSDI application process, it is important for applicants to put together an accurate application from the beginning to ensure the Social Security Administration has sufficient information to make an accurate decision. Even when an applicant puts together an accurate application from the start, the decision doesn’t always come out right.

SSDI for chronic back pain

Millions of Americans suffer from some form of back injury or pain, some types of which can be very debilitating. Back pain is notoriously difficult to treat, with many sufferers having to be content living with low-grade pain for the rest of their lives. Because of this, many neurologists have fallen into prescribing powerful painkillers.

Study shows link between PTSD and food addiction

Post traumatic stress disorder can be a serious condition which has quite disruptive effects on the life of one who suffers from it and on his or her family. Readers are aware that many of our vets have post traumatic stress disorder, and that the condition can be debilitating in some cases. Many people with the condition end up developing addictions to distract themselves from difficult memories, thoughts and feelings.

Wounded warriors may be able to have SSDI application expedited

Last weekend, President Barack Obama presented a new memorial to honor deceased and wounded soldiers, as well as their families and caretakers. The name of the memorial is The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which calls to mind not only the lives lost to military service, but also the physical and psychological wounds soldiers bring back with them.

SSDI not always available to injured Americans, so plan accordingly

Disability is not something most people likes to think about, and in fact many Americans don’t adequately plan for it by purchasing disability coverage. This is unfortunate, because the risk of becoming disabled during one’s working years is not insignificant.

Back pain: something many Americans just have to live with

Back pain is among the leading causes of disability in America, and one of the most common ways to treat the condition is by the use of prescription painkillers. This is all well and good as far as it goes. Trouble is, it might not go that far. According to a recent document by the American Academy of Neurology, opioid painkillers are not ultimately that effective in improving the day-to-day functioning of those with back pain.

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