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June 2011 Archives

More than 740,000 Social Security disability appeals pending

Applicants waiting to find out if they've qualified for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits for illness or injury are not spending as much time on hold as they once did. However, a new report says that wait times, which currently average about one year, may soon be extended because more Americans are filing for benefits.

WHO report: 15 percent of the world's population is disabled

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its first worldwide survey since the 1970s of the number of people with a temporary or permanent disability. The study, in conjunction with the World Bank, found that in the last 30-40 years, the percentage of people who are physically or mentally disabled has climbed from 10 percent to almost 15 percent.

SSA removes endocrine disorders from impairment list

New rules for qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are affecting the disability claims of people with thyroid disorders, diabetes and hypoglycemia. According to SSDI compliance provider Allsup, the Social Security Administration is planning to take endocrine disorders off its list of impairments.

Georgia veteran unable to work due to emotional trauma, addiction

Defending our country can be an emotionally challenging experience. While soldiers rightfully feel proud of their accomplishments, events on the battlefield can sometimes leave them traumatized for life, at times resulting in addictions or serious mental conditions. When they return, a lack of experience may also limit a veteran's opportunities in the job market. These challenges and unfortunate repercussions of military service can leave the soldiers unable to work. A Georgia veteran, a former B-52 crew chief in Vietnam, is now fighting hard to rebuild his life.

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