What Are Some Differences Between SSDI and VA Disability?

Over 1 million American veterans have a VA disability rating of 70% or higher. According to the VA’s disability percentage breakdown, a rating of 70% or more indicates that a veteran’s condition is severe enough to prevent them from working regularly or living without assistance of some kind.

This is also part of the requirement for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI), which is provided to Americans who are considered “totally and permanently disabled”.

June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month

Around 1 in 30 Americans experience some degree of scoliosis. It is both the most common spinal deformity as well as the least predictable one, seeing as we are still unsure of what causes almost 80% of cases. However, with recent medical advancements, treatment allows the majority of people with scoliosis to heal and continue living normal, healthy lives.

Continue below to learn more about scoliosis and see why, this June, it is time to spread awareness, knowledge, and motivation to fight for a future without scoliosis.

Celebrating Men’s Health Month - June 2017

Every June since it’s beginning in 1994, people around the world wear blue in support of men’s health. Men’s Health Month was created to inform people about the medical problems that males are at risk of facing in their lifetime, such as testicular cancer and prostate cancer. While some forms of these cancers have a rapid onset, the majority of testicular and prostate issues can be diagnosed and treated much easier if caught early on.

Continue below to learn more about men's health and see how you can help the men and boys in your life to stay healthy and supported.

March 1st: International Wheelchair Day

Around 3 million people in the United States rely on a wheelchair every day. From daily tasks to general mobility, wheelchairs provide people with a way to overcome their disability and live relatively normal lives. However, even today, accessibility issues isolate wheelchair users and prevent them from seeing much of the world.

This International Wheelchair Day, do your part to learn about the afflictions that limit mobility and bring awareness to the struggles wheelchair users face. With education, the future will continue to become accessible for all.

February 28th: Rare Disease Day

Most people can hear the words “Alzheimer’s”, “cancer”, or “stroke” and know what you are talking about. This is because these are diseases that, while severe, are relatively common.

But what about the diseases that aren’t as well known.

Millions of Americans and their families are affected by rare diseases every year. On February 28th, these victims are given a platform to speak about their illnesses and raise awareness for the challenges they face every day.

Can I Apply for Social Security Benefits Without an Attorney?

For the millions of Americans suffering from disabilities, Social Security benefits are extremely necessary. From additional monthly income to health insurance benefits to potential benefits for family members, Social Security is an invaluable resource for those unable to work.

Unfortunately, the disability application process can be tricky, time-consuming, and hard to complete without mistakes. Because of this, it is often recommended that applicants speak with a Social Security disability attorney before applying.

February 2nd: Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day

1 of every 100 adults in the United States is currently living with some form of rheumatoid arthritis. Of those, 75% are women above the age of forty. In fact, thousands more may currently be experiencing symptoms without even knowing they have the disorder.

It is a benefit to all people to stay educated about this disease, especially if it makes the difference in getting help for someone that needs it. On this RA Awareness Day, do your part to learn more and teach others about rheumatoid arthritis.

January: Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. Over 5 million Americans are living with this disease, which is currently the 6th leading cause of death in America. And yet, despite these statistics and continuing research, Alzheimer’s does not yet have a cure.

January is Alzheimer’s awareness month. In honor of those affected by this illness, it is important to understand why this illness is so devastating, how to detect warning signs, how to cope, and how to seek further help.

Changes to Medicare in 2017

All government insurance programs, including Medicare, undergo annual reviews. These reviews usually result in coverage amount, premium cost, and other adjustments to program features. Those currently enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B will see their costs rise, and anyone who newly applies in 2017 will see higher premiums and other financial changes as well.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Social Security Benefits

What to Do If Denied Benefits

Submitting a disability application doesn’t automatically mean you’ll be approved. In fact, more than half of all applications submitted annually are denied. A lack of sufficient medical evidence is one of the most common reasons. Other are denied because the disability onset date is too recent and the Social Security Administration (SSA) therefore can’t determine yet if the medical condition will prevent gainful employment for 12 months or longer, which is the minimum duration required for eligibility.


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