Approximately 24.1 million Americans suffer from a severe disability. From dietary restrictions to assistive technology to chronic pain and hospitalizations, millions of people struggle with the accommodations their disabilities require them to make.
These accommodations are costly emotionally, physically, and financially for all involved, and can be discouraging to deal with.
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.
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.