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January 2019 Archives

A Social Security cost-of-living increase may not happen in 2020

While Social Security recipients may have received a 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2019, early data that has been released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) already has forecasters predicting that there won't be any increase in 2020.

Mental illnesses that could qualify you for disability benefits

A psychological condition could leave you in serious trouble at work if it starts to affect your ability to perform your job tasks. There have been many workers who lost their jobs because of various psychological conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and other conditions.

Can those with chronic illnesses lose their disability benefits?

A 22-year-old Florida woman with debilitating cystic fibrosis recently found out that her Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits have been terminated. Her Medicaid benefits that cover $100,000 in medical bills each year were also taken away from her. If you're thinking that this is an isolated incident, then you're mistaken. Countless SSDI recipients lose their benefits every year under questionable circumstances.

Common conditions that usually qualify for disability coverage

Like most residents of St. Louis, you work hard for the life you have. Still, few things can stop you in your tracks faster than a serious injury or illness. If you have developed a medical condition, you may not be able to work and provide for your family. Fortunately, you may qualify for disability payments under the federal Social Security system. 

How schizophrenia can affect an individual's ability to function

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health condition that can affect a person's ability to live independently or work depending on how severe their disease is. Those with mild schizophrenia may seem normal on the surface and only display their adverse mannerisms or behaviors when someone engages them socially. Symptoms may be worse for those the more serious that their condition is. They may be so bad that it's impossible for them to work.