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September 2013 Archives

Are Georgia Social Security disability judges truly too generous?

As battles over the federal budget continue in Washington, some lawmakers have repeatedly questioned whether we’re being too generous to people with disabilities that keep them from working. In June, three members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee were harshly critical of many Social Security disability judges who, they claim, grant benefits in between 50 and 75 percent of the appeals they hear. Since the judges only see these cases after two previous denials, shouldn’t they be turning most of them down?

Disability care workers to get minimum wage, overtime guarantees

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.

Kids with epilepsy or intellectual disabilities need flu shots

Children with cerebral palsy or epilepsy, or with neurologic or developmental disorders, are often beneficiaries of Supplemental Security Income, and many of them are eligible for Medicaid. Yet, while Georgia Medicaid fully covers flu shots for both children and adults at increased risk, far too few children with these conditions are getting vaccinated.

Can I receive disability benefits for PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder has been cropping up more and more in the news lately as more and more soldiers return home from combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. But while PTSD is often associated with soldiers who have experienced particularly violent episodes in combat, it is not completely exclusive only to them. In fact, some civilians have developed this condition after experiencing traumatic events of their own.

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