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April 2012 Archives

Social Security disability and early-onset Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's is a frightening disease that many New York residents unfortunately encounter, sometimes at a much younger age than expected. In fact, authorities note that 4 percent of the 5.4 million individuals in our country who suffer from the disease have early-onset Alzheimer's. Often it strikes when a person is still in their 40s or 50s. When that happens, it may be necessary to seek Social Security disability benefits for illness.

Social Security WIPA program threatened if Congress doesn't act

The return to work programs of the Social Security Administration can benefit New York recipients who are advancing in their recovery. These programs seek to assist injured or ill workers who find that they are able to do at least some work. Often a worker can continue to receive Social Security disability benefits even as they begin to start work again.

New bill: military kids could get survivor benefits and SSD

Proposed legislation has been presented to Congress to address a perceived inequality when it comes to severely disabled children of military retirees versus those of civilians. Military children, whether in New York or elsewhere in the U.S., typically receive Social Security disability program benefits as well as Medicaid to help them cope with the often staggering costs of their own care. Those payments may well make the difference between surviving and not having the necessary funds to pay for housing and medical expenses, including prescription drugs.

Young man with qualifying mental conditions fights for benefits

For many, coping with a mental disability is a daily challenge. Finding acceptance in society and trying to fit in at a workplace can be a difficult task, while still maintaining one's self-esteem. Dealing with a Social Security disability claim is the last thing a New York resident with qualifying mental conditions needs to encounter, especially in a struggling job market. Recently, a man, who is in his late 20s, has been pursued by his state unemployment office for what they say is a $3,000 overpayment of benefits as the result of an issue with his disability income.

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