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August 2013 Archives

Credit union illegally seizes Social Security benefits

When Missourians suffer from physical illness, they sometimes have difficulties at work and may be forced to quit their jobs. Thankfully, Social Security disability benefits provide assistance to people who face illness combined with the loss of a job and other obstacles.

Social security disability benefits possible after farm injury

While working in agricultural may seem like a peaceful job, the truth is that every year many people suffer farm accidents. Tractors are not always safe, and workers can sustain an accident injury when these vehicles overturn. Shifting grains in silos trap unsuspecting workers, farm animals step on or trample caretakers, and carrying heavy boxes of produce or equipment may lead to a back injury. Moreover, in modern industrial farms, workers can be harmed by exposure to chemicals used to treat soil and crops.

'Mental retardation' no longer used by SSA

In recent times, terminology describing various impairments has changed to reflect a greater respect for people with disabilities. Where it used to be socially acceptable to refer to people in derogatory terms such "deaf and dumb," "retarded," or "crippled," these terms are now known to be hurtful and disrespectful. When people use thoughtful speech to refer to the disabled, it promotes greater self-esteem for these individuals as well as acceptance in the St. Louis and nationwide communities. Indeed, this concept is becoming more widespread as evidenced by a final rule recently published by the Social Security Administration. The update provides that the words "mental retardation" will now read "intellectual disability" in the SSA's agency rules.

Experts weigh in on ways to reform SSDI

Is it true that the Social Security Administration is running out of funds to pay recipients of disability insurance? According to some reports, in three short years, the administration will be out of funds to pay people approved to receive Social Security disability benefits in St. Louis and throughout the United States. Consequently, economists and scholars with tax backgrounds are engaging in a current discussion on the problem and providing their opinions and suggestions to solve the problem.