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Huntington’s Disease Added to Disability Benefits Fast Track

A quick search of the web will reveal that one of the bigger problems that disabled Americans face with their quests for disability benefits is the process itself. Most applicants can expect to spend over a year with their applications for disability benefits even if the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) ultimately awards them benefits. The SSA even uses a code – DXDI – for when applicants pass away while their disability application is pending. The process can be no long, and the SSA continues to make efforts in recent years to speed it up, but there are several programs that may help you get through the disability benefits process quicker than other applicants. This week we will discuss how several of these programs work. Compassionate Allowances This program, which goes by the acronym “CAL,” involves a list of medical conditions that the SSA recognizes to be so severe that applicants…
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Retirees and Disabled Workers Benefit from Healthcare Reform

Today we pick up from our discussion Monday about how healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) will help Social Security beneficiaries. Social Security’s budgetary concerns have been no stranger to the news, but healthcare reform should benefit the largest portions of the federal budget – Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security. Recent predictions have Social Security retirement and survivor benefits running out of money in a few decades. Disability benefits may start being cut as early as 2017. With a few changes, however, these predictions may not be quite as dire as they often seem. The ACA improves funding and healthcare service for Americans who use Medicare and Medicaid. Many Social Security disability beneficiaries also receive their health coverage through one of these two programs. More efficient Medicare and Medicaid combined with a focus on preventive care should reduce the numbers of Americans receiving disability benefits. Many disability beneficiaries are…
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Healthcare Reform Should Help Social Security

The Supreme Court’s upholding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) last month will likely benefit disability beneficiaries as much as it will Americans with health concerns. The reason is that the ACA makes important changes to Medicare and Medicaid funding, which have important links with each type of Social Security benefits. Healthcare reform will help Medicare and Social Security Here are a few of the funding changes that the ACA will make: Increase funding for Medicare by a 0.9 percent tax increase for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and for married couples making more than $250,000 a year The increased funding will also come from taxes on investment income (from income like stock dividends, real estate rent and capital gains), but only for those whose investment income pushes their income above the limits in the previous bullet point Several changes will directly improve healthcare –…
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Congressman West Latest to Make Unfounded Claims About SSDI

Unfortunately, Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) has once again become the target of political attacks despite a lack of evidence supporting those attacks. The latest uproar comes from comments by Florida Congressman Allen West. Last week, West stated that, because SSDI beneficiary numbers have been growing, “…we are creating a system of economic dependence, which, to me is a form of modern, 21st-century slavery.” As we have discussed in several posts in the past, the evidence suggests otherwise. Here are a few of the reasons why Congressman West’s remarks miss the target: You can only receive SSDI benefits if you worked long enough to pay into the system; SSDI is a form of insurance not free money, so, if your work history is insufficient, you cannot receive SSDI benefits We should expect SSDI beneficiaries to grow – our population is growing, Baby Boomers are aging (with age comes an increased…
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