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Better Benefits for Disabled Veterans

If you are a member of the military and are looking to avoid having your retirement pay reduced by the amount you receive with your VA benefits, you can consider Combat Related Special Compensation and Concurrent Receipt. They are both a type of VA benefit offered by the US department. If you wish to qualify […]

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How a Disability Review Can Affect Your Benefits

Once the SSA awards disability benefits to someone, they then review the recipient’s medical condition to make sure they still meet the administration’s definition of disabled. If the Social Security Administration determines that a recipient’s condition is likely to improve over time, the SSA will review the recipient’s condition within 6 to 18 months after […]

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U.S. Senate Fails to Ratify the Disability Rights Treaty

The Americans with Disabilities Act was created in 1990 to protect the rights of people with disabilities. The ADA then became a template for the disability laws created by other countries. It was also the model used by the United Nations when drafting the Treaty on Disabilities Rights. On December 4, thirty-eight US senators were […]

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Disability Benefits Around the World

The World Health Organization has released a report last year which estimates that over one billion people worldwide are currently living with a disability and over 80% of these people are living in low income countries. A document created by the United Nations, titled “Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons of Disabilities” […]

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Veterans, How is Your Regional VA Office Doing?

The Bay Citizen has developed an interactive map that tracks the progress of the 58 VA regional offices weekly.  The data is collected from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Monday Morning Reports and its Aspire system which shows how the VA is doing in working towards its aspirational goals of reducing the backlog of claims […]

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The Geographical Distribution of Disability Beneficiaries

While the national statistic for people enrolled in SSDI or SSI is about 6 percent, some states in the southern and Appalachia regions have rates at over 10 percent.  This disparity in numbers can be attributed to several factors related to economics and demographics. The most significant factor is education.  States that have low levels […]

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Social Security Field Offices to Reduce Public Hours

Starting November 19, 2012, nationwide Social Security field offices will close a half hour earlier than normal.  In addition, offices will close to the public at noon every Wednesday beginning January 2, 2013.  The only offices not putting the new hours into effect until a later date are those located in the regions most affected […]

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Saving the Social Security Disability Trust Fund

Are you on disability and worried about a cut in benefits when the disability trust fund is expected to be exhausted in 2016?  The good news is that this can be prevented through certain legislative changes.  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) outlines them below: Kathy Ruffing of the CBPP champions tax increases […]

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Are You Thinking About Going Back to Work?

Are you disabled and receiving benefits, but wish to return to work?  Remember, beneficiaries are permitted to work as the criterion is not the complete inability to work, but the inability to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA) that results in earnings of $1,010 per month or more.  Because disability benefits are minimal and most people […]

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