Monthly Archives: March 2011

SSA Holds Hearing on Autoimmune Diseases

According to the Social Security Administration, Compassionate Allowances are a government’s way to quickly recognize debilitating conditions and approve claimants for much needed disability benefits. Claimants with a disease on the list of Compassionate Allowances obviously meet disability standards and required a faster approval due to their disease’s quick and devastating effects. Social Security Administration’s Commissioner Astrue has held seven Compassionate Allowances public outreach hearings. The latest wash held on autoimmune diseases. Over 20 million Americans suffer from autoimmune conditions, which particularly affect women and children, said the Commissioner. Autoimmune diseases do not necessarily have visible physical disabilities but can be devastating on an individual. These diseases occur from an overactive immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. The SSA held a hearing and allowed national experts to present testimony about the possible methods of identifying and implementing Compassionate Allowances for adults and…
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Degenerative Disc Disease Patients Can Qualify for SSDI Benefits

According to the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, lower back pain is one of the most common health problems. Lower back pain is often related to disc degeneration, where pain radiates from the lower back, often due to aging of the spinal discs. Those suffering with disc degeneration should see a doctor and begin an early medical documentation to help establish a Social Security Disability Insurance benefit claim. Chronic reoccurrence of pain, such as that from degenerative disc disease, can lead to loss of work, reduced mobility, severe pain, increased need for pain treatment and medical treatment, and reduced quality of life, according to the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability. Patients seeking medical treatment for disc degeneration complain of hip, groin and leg pain, with intense flare ups lasting for days. Those bad days can lead to exacerbated condition when an individual tries to work, stand,…
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Social Security Entitlement Reform

According to Fox Business, the Social Security Disability Program could be negatively impacted as soon as 2015. Adding to more entitlement troubles, Social Security may run out of funds by 2037 and Medicare may only have enough to survive through 2029. The Social Security Disability Program fund was set up in 1957 for workers who could no longer work due to injury or illness. The fund receives money through payroll taxes and Federal Insurance Contributions Act. In four years the fund is expected to pay out more than $150 but may take in only about $130 billion. Some of its struggles to collect more money may be due to high unemployment rates and more claims of disability. More than ten million people joined the program last year, an increase of about half a million since 2009. Claimants enroll in SSDI based on medical opinions and medical records. The Wall Street…
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Robert Pozen’s Liberal Plan for Social Security

According to Business Insider the first batch of Baby Boomers starts turning 65 in 2011, which means they will start collecting Social Security benefits. Baby Boomers have spent years working and paying Social Security taxes, earning up to four credits per year based on net income and accumulating credits over lifetime. Even if they did not work, some Baby Boomers can collect benefits based on their spouse’s work record. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill worry that groups such as Baby Boomers will tap out Social Security’s trust fund. Republicans are pushing for reforms including entitlement changes. Liberals feel the Republicans have no lower-tax, lower-deficit alternative other than cutting Social Security. Robert Pozen, a finance industry executive and advocate of Social Security privatization, told liberals what their positions should be on Social Security. Pozen is for raising the cap on earnings subject to the payroll tax and slowing the growth of benefits…
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