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Is SSD really a form of unemployment?

If you ask anyone who has successfully obtained Social Security Disability benefits, they will likely tell you that it is definitely not like unemployment. The process of applying for benefits and then, if necessary, appealing the initial denial, waiting for a hearing, and eventually being approved is substantially more demanding and difficult.

Changes in how SSA evaluates HIV infections

Disability claims for Social Security Disability are complex. This is due to many factors, but especially because the standard that SSA uses is fluid. There is no single factor, such as a medical condition or your work experience that is determinative. The test for disability is the inability to engage in "substantial gainful activity" and that that condition has lasted at least 12 months or is terminal.

For SSD, you have to be more than desperate

The Washington Post published a story recently that examined a family in Alabama and highlighted the growth of Social Security Disability recipients in rural counties across America. They included a map that shows rural southeastern Missouri also has concentrations of SSD beneficiaries.

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