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Social Security benefits and children

Most people would probably assume that Social Security benefits are only available to adults, whether the retired or the disabled, but in fact Social Security benefits are also available to children. Both Social Security disability benefits and a separate program known as Supplemental Security Income provide benefits to children who meet certain qualifications.

How can public benefits impact my SSDI payments?

Many of those who receive disability benefits through the Social Security disability program also receive other forms of government benefits. Before applying for SSDI, it is important to understand how receipt of other benefits can affect SSDI payments.

Medicare program experiences slight financial improvement

Dissipating funds are problem for many government programs, even and perhaps especially on those which millions of Americans rely. In addition to the financial difficulties faced by the Social Security disability program, Medicare has faced problems in recent years. That being said, the latest news is that the Medicare program’s financial situation has improved and will apparently not be drained out until 2030, which is four years more than a prediction given last year.

Mental illness can make it harder to find, keep a job

Most of us are aware, either because of our own personal experience or because of the experience of a loved one or friend, that mental illness can be a barrier to finding and keeping work. The challenges lie not only in mental illness itself, but also in the stigma that tends to go with mental illness.

High jobless rate among mentally ill may actually be lower than reality

It should come as no surprise that Americans with mental illness have a harder time finding and keeping jobs than Americans without mental illness. What is surprising, though, is that the jobless rate among the mentally ill population is currently as high as it is. According to a new study, around 80 percent of those with mental illness are unemployed.

Qualifying for SSDI based on back pain

Back pain is a serious problem for many Americans, to one extent or another. Estimates are that 80 percent of Americans deal with some kind of back pain in their lifetime. The range of conditions includes everything from sciatica to herniated discs, neuropathy, and spinal stenosis. In some cases, the pain can be managed with chiropractic, massage, exercise, stretching and other remedies. In other cases, surgery and pain medication are used to manage the condition.

Qualifying for SSDI for post traumatic stress disorder

As readers know, life isn’t always easy for veterans who return from service. Oftentimes vets come back to civilian life with physical and/or mental wounds which interfere with their ability to lead a productive and fulfilling life. Vets and their advocates expect that the federal government will do its part to provide them with the benefits they need to integrate back into civilian life. Unfortunately, this just doesn’t always happen.

Applying for SSDI benefits on a mental health impairment

The Affordable Care Act has brought about some positive changes to the health care system, including giving more people access to health insurance, expansion of Medicaid coverage, and providing free or low cost health insurance to many Americans through their state. In terms of mental health care coverage, though, there are still challenges many Americans face.

Back yourself up with disability insurance

Most Americans don’t think twice about insuring our vehicles, homes, health and life, but for many of us, purchasing disability insurance may cause hesitation. This can be a particular problem for young people who feel they have no significant risk of disability and plenty of energy to bounce back quickly when they do get injured. The truth, though, is that research shows Americans in their 20s are more likely to be injured before retirement than to die.

Social Security halts overpayment collections to evaluate program's fairness

Two senators named Barbara are reportedly responsible for prompting the Social Security Administration to put on hold a program designed to recoup Social Security overpayments. The program, which is authorized under a 2008 change to federal law, allows the agency to collect debts that are over 10 years old. While the program has helped the agency gain back some losses, it has also unfairly put some Americans in a difficult financial situation.

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