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January 2014 Archives

President makes accessible voting a priority

Many people in New York know from firsthand experience the challenges that many voting sites present to those who live with disabilities. Staff members are not always helpful -- or don't understand how to help -- voting technology isn't easy for everyone, and some voting sites are simply inaccessible. Fortunately, it seems like something will soon be done to fix these problems.

Judge says more transparency can prevent SSD scams

A few weeks ago we discussed the case of several retired New York City firefighters and police officers who allegedly defrauded the Social Security disability system. Many people were rightfully outraged that these individuals were all able to obtain benefits without actually having conditions that warranted them. So, what's wrong with the system? What is missing that allowed them to fool the people who reviewed their cases?

What happens to your SSD payments if you go to prison?

One of the few certainties in life is that everyone makes mistakes. No one is perfect, and sometimes our imperfections land us in places we would rather not be. If a mistake lands you in jail, however, you may be worried about how it will affect your Social Security disability benefits.

Winter safety tips for people with heart disease

New York has already had its share of freezing temps and accumulating snow, and there's likely more to come this winter. But did you know that in addition to being an inconvenience cold weather can also be downright dangerous? This is especially true for people who suffer from heart disease.

NYC cops, firefighters investigated for SSD fraud

Social Security disability benefits are not always easy to secure -- even for those who seem to meet all the requirements. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of the system, which could ultimately make it even more difficult for those who truly need benefits to qualify.

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