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More news on disability and unemployment

The USA today recently ran an editorial regarding the rise of disability applications during the recession. In the editorial the length of the process is blamed on attorneys dragging their feet to increase their fees, implies people are cheating the system, and seemingly ignores many facts that those who work…

The Language of Social Security Disability

I have attached a PDF guide called the Language of SOcial Security Disability A guide to getting yourself and your doctor speaking Social Security’s Language. It is a short list of some ways to help improve the quality of your medical records and the language used in them to increase…

Proposed DSM V changes and your disability claim

There is a lot of uproar in the special need/disability community on the upcoming changes in the DSM V (replacing the DSM IV), specifically with the Autism Spectrum disorders. The DSM V proposes removing both the PDD-NOS and Aspergers diagnosis and wraps everything up into one Autism disorder. Many believe…

More on Amelia

Here is a link to another blog, that is linking to many other blogs posting their outrage about Amelia’s treatment. Countering

The Story of Amelia

Social media and blogs have been up in arms over Philadelphia Children’s Hospital’s treatment of 2 yo Amelia Rivera, Parents blog post. Amelia is in need of a kidney transplant. Her family wishes to donate a kidney to her and the hospital has refused to perform the operation because Amelia…

The wait for Medicare could it be changing?

Currently, a person receiving Social Security disability benefits must wait 24 months (29 months after the date determined they became disabled) to receive Medicare. COBRA coverage has been the stop-gap since 1986, but in reality, hardly anyone can afford to pay COBRA for 2 years, especially those that are disabled…

Good news for disabled Ohioans

A settlement has been reached in a class action suit brought by ABLE dealing with the backlog of cases awaiting Medicaid decisions in Ohio. The  settlement requires  any application pending for more than 90 days to be automatically enrolled in Medicaid.  With the first round completed, applicants will start having benefits…

Review of disability process and more on unemployment

SSA has announced it has undertaken an independent review of what many have already told them. Some judges do not award benefits to those who deserve them and some judges award to everyone. In a previous post I highlighted the issue at one office. Further, Ssa is ceasing telling us…