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July 2015 Archives

Can people with heart disease qualify for disability benefits?


Heart disease is a rampant and costly problem that affects people all throughout the United States, including far too many in the Houston area. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease kills roughly 610,000 people per year in the U.S. That figure means that heart disease causes about 25 percent of the country's deaths each year.

Mental illnesses can be just a serious as physical ones


When a person in Houston suffers a physical disability like blindness, or an injury like a broken leg, other people can easily understand how the disabled or injured person might not be able to function in everyday life the same way that other people can. For example, people who suffer from physical disabilities and injuries might not be able to work. For this reason, they may seek Social Security disability benefits, and it is no mystery why they need these benefits. On the other hand, when a person suffers from a mental illness, his or her problems might not be as obvious to the outside world.

Countable income and how it affects SSI benefits


In a prior post, this blog discussed Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and what counts as income with regard to a person's application for these benefits. An applicant's eligibility for SSI benefits hinges on whether that person has a qualifying disability, as well as how much countable income the applicant has. Thus, as the prior post on this blog explained, it is important for applicants in Houston to understand what counts as income and what doesn't. But that's only one of the steps that must be taken to determine how much in SSI benefits a person might be eligible for.

Supreme Court decision impacts SSD benefits


By now, most people in the Houston area are probably aware that the United States Supreme Court recently struck down state bans on gay marriage. Thus, the heavily anticipated decision makes it legal for gay people to marry in Texas and every other state in the country. While the monumental decision evoked emotional reactions from people on both sides of the argument, everyone must now accept the decision and its many implications.

Back pain afflicts Texans, can lead to inability to work


Back pain is something that many Texans deal with on a daily basis. Even minor aches and pains can be extremely irritating over time, and the pain can signal the beginning of a far worse back injury in the future. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) reports that half of all working people say that they have some kind of back pain.