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December 2018 Archives

Do people die waiting to receive Social Security Disability?

If you ask anyone who has applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits what the application process is like, they might tell you that their initial request was denied. They may even tell you that this happened twice and even that the amount of time that they had to wait between applying and receiving a response took as long as a year. Some even die while waiting for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to make a decision.

What is degenerative arthritis and who is likely to get it?

If you were asked to list off conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers to be disabilities, then you'd likely include rare diseases or catastrophic injuries. The truth, however, is that even common conditions such as osteoarthritis (also called "degenerative arthritis") are included on the SSA's list of disabling conditions. Mayo Clinic data shows that several million people have this condition worldwide.

Voters showed their support for Social Security in November

If there's one thing that we should keep in mind about November's mid-term election, it's that voters from both parties seem to want to see Medicare, Social Security (SS) and Medicaid hang around for many years to come.

What happens if you do not follow the doctor's orders?

Before filing a Social Security claim for a disability, you will first need to undergo a comprehensive medical exam. From there, the doctor will write a recommendation as to whether you can no longer work. While most people think the Social Security Administration has to abide by whatever the doctor says, that is not always necessarily the case. 

How are panic attacks and disorders different from one another?

Some of life's most difficult stressful transitions happen when we head off to college, start our first job or retire, get married or divorced or have our first child. The reason why these stages in our lives tend to be stressful is because they're when we transition into the unknown. Unless addressed, our anxious feeling can worsen causing a panic attack.