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Almost half of Americans forgo medical care due to cost

According to a CNN article 43% of working Americans forgo health care treatment due to costs.  This includes not seeing a doctor, not filling a prescription, or not following recommended care. It is well known that prevention and early intervention can help stem or slow down the severity of medical…

Getting_the_Facts_Straight_on_Disability

Getting_the_Facts_Straight_on_Disability04-02-13FINAL.pdf.   Great document highlighting the actual FACTS about SSA Disability and not the partial spun fact being presented in many articles.  Also check out this article   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-meltzer/social-security-disability-programs_b_3014961.html   which repeats much of the same information I’ve blogged about when these sensational news stories hit the wires    

Social Security Disability in the News

You can’t turn on the TV, Radio or open any magazine or newspaper, not to mention internet sites, blogs etc, without finding a new article on Social Security Disability.  The information being provided ranges from factually incorrect and very negative to more positive stories that get their facts right.  It…

Asthma and COPD disability cases

  As we head into the cold and flu season, those with asthma and COPD often experience exacerbation of their condition.  If your applying for disability, there are several ways your case could be approved. By far the easiest is for your condition to meet or equal a listing.  The…

Social Security Disability, Step 2

    The first medical step to overcome in proving your Social Security disability case is to show that your medical condition is severe AND that it will either end in your death or last at least 12 months.  This duration requirement is important because in many cases the condition…

Social Security Disability Hearing – Don’t have an attorney

Here is what you need to prepare for. 1)Social Security will send you notice in the mail of your hearing date and time.  Thus you need to make sure that any address changes are promptly communicated to Social Security. 2) If that date and time is not good for you,…

Social Security Disability and Citizenship

There are lots of statements out there about Social Security benefits (both retirement and disability) being obtained by both illegal and legal aliens.   In order to get these benefits a person must have a valid social security number and meet the following eligibility requirement Sec. 1614. [42 U.S.C. 1382c](a)(1) For purposes of this title, the…

Top 10 Reasons to Hire an Attorney for your disability case

10.  You’re sick and in pain and without an attorney your disability application or appeal is just another thing you would have to worry about alone. 9.   Because an attorney know how important each of those questions are like how much did you lift and how often and what…

Disability Judges – SSA’s secret Judge Policy

By now, unless you have been living under a rock, you have seen multiple news stories about Social Security Disability.  Whether it has been the announcement that the fund will run out of reserves in a few years or the media focus on how EASY  people get award benefits, the…

Social Security to start eAuthorization of 827’s

Letter from the Commissioner regarding eAuthorization. Starting April 21, 2012 SSA will begin allowing disability applications to electronically sign 827’s authorization for release of medical records.  This change will apply to all applicants filing online and will mean less pages to print & return to SSA after filing your application….