Has your application for Social Security disability benefits been denied? You are not alone. According to data from the Social Security Administration, only about 33 percent of applications were approved in 2014. That percentage represents a significant drop over the last 15 years. More than 50 percent of applications were approved in 1999.
When and if a person is disabled, either physically or mentally, he or she may be eligible to pursue Social Security disability benefits. These benefits are available to people who have contributed to Social Security during the course of their employment but are no longer able to work. This support allows a person to collect regular payments that are intended to cover basic living expenses and medical care costs.
People who suffer from a long-term disabling condition generally experience significant levels of anxiety and fear about their future. They often wonder how they will pay their bills, stay in their home and access medical care if they are so disabled that they are unable to work.
There are many serious medical conditions that are not well understood by doctors, and may not even be understood by the people who are dealing with the illness or injury. One such condition is a genetic disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which affects the ligaments of a person's body and results in loose joints.
Just about everyone who has seen the Star Wars movies remembers the epic scene in The Empire Strikes Back when Darth Vader cuts off the hand of Luke Skywalker. At the time, the following scene in which a bionic arm is attached to young Skywalker’s arm seemed like science fiction. After all, the technology seemed light years (no pun intended) beyond its time, including the possibility of an amputee having not only a replaced limb but the ability to touch as well. But science fiction has finally found its way into reality with promising results for amputees around the world.
A first-of-its kind, United Nations study of worldwide disaster response plans reveals that “the key reason why a disproportionate number of disabled persons suffer and die in disasters is because their needs are ignored and neglected by the official planning process in the majority of situations,” says the head of the UN’s Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The Obama Administration just announced that, starting in 2015, health aides and certified nurse assistants, whether they work in skilled nursing facilities, group homes or individual homes, will be covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime guarantees. For many beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, these workers are a crucial support for an independent life.
"SSI beneficiaries face the most severe levels of poverty of any group of Social Security beneficiaries," the head of the National Council on Disability, a federal agency tasked with giving independent policy information and advice to Congress and the White House, recently wrote to President Obama. "We urge you to incorporate common-sense program reforms to SSI designed to improve beneficiary well-being and enhance the ability of SSI beneficiaries to participate in the workforce."
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so the Social Security Administration just released the most recent numbers on the number of people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance because they're totally disabled from work due to colorectal cancer or closely related cancers. The agency says that, in 2011, almost 30,000 people were receiving SSDI benefits for the cancer or its complications.
State officials who intend to redesign Georgia's $7.8 billion Medicaid program are facing significant challenges because of the program's expanded role. No longer is the program, along with Social Security Disability, providing only medical care. Rather, the programs are now rehabilitative, delivering job training and other important services for low-income residents.