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October 2014 Archives

Why is the SSD case backlog so large?

When a person suffers a serious injury, or is diagnosed with a serious physical or mental condition that makes it impossible to work despite their best efforts, they may seek to secure disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

2015 SSD cost-of-living adjustment set at 1.7 percent

The Social Security Administration recently announced the new cost-of-living adjustment for the year 2015. Those who receive either Social Security disability or retirement benefits will see their regular payment increase by a total of 1.7 percent starting in January. The most current estimates show that 64 million people throughout the United States will be affected by the increase. 

New drug aims to help patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Receiving a diagnosis from a doctor is considered a double-edged sword by a lot of people. While most people are relieved to know what is ailing them, hearing that you have an incurable and potentially fatal condition can be downright disheartening. Such is the case for people living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Why those seeking SSD benefits for a mental disability might need help

All this week, mental health advocacy groups of all sizes have been busy sponsoring initiatives and holding activities as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. This annual event began nearly 25 years ago when Congress decided to officially honor the unwavering efforts of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to raise awareness about a condition currently affecting 61.5 million people in some capacity here in the U.S.

Disabled people can access health care during the SSD appeals process

The U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee recently published a rather eye-opening report outlining how a series of barriers have served to keep at least one out of every three disabled people living in poverty.