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October 2013 Archives

Could former Vice President Dick Cheney have received SSDI?

Many people across the state of Texas are familiar with the former Vice President Dick Cheney and his battle with heart disease. Because he has been in the public eye for so many years, the nation has become more aware of a very serious condition that kills about 600,000 Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Researcher at Rutgers attempting cure for spinal cord injuries

Suffering a spinal cord injury can be a life-changing event. Some of our readers know this firsthand, while others have only heard stories about such tragedies happening to people across the nation. The reason spinal cord injuries are so life changing is because they can often limit a person’s ability to move and speak, leaving them unable to work and in the long-term care of others.

Is the PROMISE program a good idea?

Recently, roughly a dozen states began receiving grant money designed to wean children with disabilities off of Supplemental Security Income by the time they reach adulthood. The money is linked to a program established by the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services called PROMISE which stands for Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income.

Work-related accident in Texas leaves worker with back injury

Getting hurt on the job is a concern among a lot of people here in Texas because it’s fraught with a lot of unknowns. Will your injury prevent you from going back to work? How long will you remain injured? Is it temporary or permanent? If you’re forced out of work, how will you be able to subsidize your income? Getting the answers to these questions can not only help determine whether you seek workers’ compensation benefits through your employer but whether you need to apply for disability benefits down the road.

Congress, furloughs and a shutdown, oh my!

Prior to the government shutdown, the Social Security Administration announced that it was putting into effect a contingency plan that would create a buffer between the loss in federal funding and beneficiaries receiving SSD and SSI payments. But while the explanation given by SSA may be easily understood by lawmakers, it may not be as easily digestible for the rest of us across the nation.