April is Parkinson's Awareness Month.

The month of April marks Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the brain. The condition leads to tremors, difficulty walking and impaired coordination. The condition most commonly develops in people after age 50 and it is one of the most common disorders that affect the nervous system in the elderly. While Parkinson’s disease can run in some families, it is not always an inherited condition.

April is National Asbestos Awareness Month

The month of April marks National Asbestos Awareness Month. Asbestos is a group of naturally-occurring minerals that used to be used in the creation of certain building materials and brakes for vehicles. Some of the minerals that are included in the category of asbestos include chrysotile, amosite, tremolite asbestos, crocidolite, anthophyllite asbestos and actinolite asbestos. The minerals allowed the materials created to be resistant to heat and corrosion. However, exposure to these minerals can lead to a condition known as mesothelioma.

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month

The month of April marks Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects as many as one in every five Americans. It is one of the most common conditions diagnosed by doctors in the United States, occurring more frequently in women than in men. Most cases (more than 50 percent) of IBS are diagnosed before the age of 35.

ACA Will End Some Unfairness for Low-Income & Disabled

It is no secret that there are millions of uninsured citizens living in the United States. The cost of health insurance is unaffordable to most unemployed and self-employed individuals. In fact, the only people likely to have health insurance are those who have very low incomes (in which case the Medicaid steps in) or those who receive health care in the form of employment benefits or the wealthy, who can pay for their own health insurance.

How Does SSDI Play into President Obama’s New Budget?

There is much talk about President Obama’s new budget proposal. Tax hikes, Medicare cuts and other topics have become hot-button issues since the President released his new proposal. The question on many citizens’ minds is, what exactly does Obama’s plan do for Social Security Disability and how does Social Security play into the new budget proposal?

Reliance of Disability Benefits: Urban vs. Rural

Millions of disabled workers across the United States rely on Social Security Disability. Some of these workers live in urban communities while others live in rural areas. What many people wonder is if rural communities have a stronger reliance on Social Security Disability benefits than urban ones, or vice versa. The truth of the matter is that rural communities do have a stronger reliance upon these benefits. The following information will shed light on the reasons why.

Should Disability Recipients With a Family Get More Money?

When a worker becomes disabled and is no longer able to maintain full-time work activity, the paychecks that the worker is accustomed to receiving cease to exist. In addition to a lack of income, disabled workers are also often faced with mounting medical bills and finances that begin to spiral quickly out of control. Unfortunately, some of these workers do not have only themselves to think about. They have families to support as well. Many people wonder if Social Security Disability recipients who need to support a family should be given more benefits than those who do not.

SSA Disability Appeals Reached New Record in 2011

Anyone who has been involved in the Social Security Disability application process understands that when a claim for benefits is denied, the applicant must join a significant backlog of Social Security Disability appeals. What many of the newest applicants do not realize is that appeals reached an all-time high in 2011, which means that there are even more backlogged claims in the Social Security system. Why did this happen and how will this fact affect future Social Security Disability applicants?

What Types of Disability Benefits Are Taxable?

It’s tax season once again and this time of year leaves many Social Security recipients wondering exactly what types of Social Security benefits are taxable. After all, not all Social Security payments have taxes taken from them. This leaves you with the burden of determining whether or not you owe taxes on these benefits at the end of the tax year.


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