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July 2014 Archives

H.I.V. drug shows promise, but may have limitations

Hopefully, the late stages of H.I.V. will someday cease to be a reason why some individuals must seek Social Security disability insurance benefits. In pursuit of that goal, a recent medication shows promise. Called Truvada, the pill is taken daily and may help reduce the risk of H.I.V. contraction.

Do antibiotics contribute to disability rates?

Social Security disability insurance benefits are intended to replace lost wages for people who are no longer able to work and earn a living as they once did because of an illness, injury or condition. Under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines, the condition must render an individual disabled for 12 months or longer. Although a medical diagnosis is helpful evidence, the SSA’s disability examiners will also want to see documentation of the disability’s impact on an individual’s functional abilities.

An explanation of the two earnings tests for disability benefits

Readers of this disability benefits blog should be aware of a key distinction between the eligibility requirements for Social Security disability insurance benefits and Supplement Security Income. Whereas SSDI has a work history requirement, SSI benefits do not. Instead, they are contingent upon low-income eligibility, in addition to the usual requirement of proving the functional incapacitation of one’s disability.

Disability benefits may be possible even with part-time work

Readers of this disability blog know that the Social Security Administration defines a disability as a condition that prevents an individual from working. But does that mean that a disabled worker can’t perform any activity for compensation?


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