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How does the SSA evaluate diabetes?

Less than two years ago the SSA eliminated its Blue Book listings involving endocrine disorders. The Blue Book is what adjudicators refer to when processing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits. When an applicant has a condition that is listed in the Blue Book, it is much easier to qualify for benefits than if their disability is not included in the publication. Unfortunately, as of June 7, 2011, the SSA no longer provides qualifying criteria for endocrine disorders.

Preparing Yourself for the Flu Season

Flu season gets into full swing as fall approaches. Influenza or flu is a disease that is dreaded by everyone. It makes its victim bedridden for days, and in severe cases, it even results in hospitalization.

Flu can be caught by anyone but the most vulnerable victims include kids, pregnant women, elderly, healthcare workers, and people with weak immune systems.

Common influenza symptoms include:

Tips for Getting Around in the Snow

Walking in snow isn’t easy for anyone, and it is especially difficult for people with limited mobility. When the snow has fallen recently, it is crunchy and doesn’t pose too many problems, but when it melts partially, it can get highly slippery. This gives rise to walking problems for everyone, particularly for the disabled. Here are some tips for disabled people to walk on the snowy ground.

Tips to Keep your Dental Health in Good Condition

Kids are mostly lazy when it comes to oral hygiene. While regular dentist checkups are good for oral care, there is a lot more that needs to be done to have perfect teeth and gums. This February is Children's Dental Hygiene Awareness Month. Make sure your kids follow proper dental hygiene and have good oral health.

Here are some tips that would help you keep your kids’ gums and teeth in perfect condition:

Is There a Limit to Back Pay from the SSA?

When an individual applies for Social Security Disability benefits and are eventually awarded the benefits they have applied for, they may be entitled to back pay from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The question often arises as to how much back pay a person can receive and whether or not the SSA limits the amount of back pay a person may be entitled to.

SSA Adds Obliterative Bronchiolitis As Compassionate Allowance

Ever since the SSA had first introduced its first listing of Compassionate Allowances conditions, more and more conditions have been being added to the list. The Compassionate Allowances program allows those who suffer severely debilitating diseases to be awarded benefits in a matter of weeks, rather than having to wait months or years before benefits can begin. As each new condition is added, it’s another victory for the people who suffer from the particular ailment that is being included.

September - Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month

Leukemia and Lymphoma are two potentially devastating forms of cancer that can strike individuals of any age. Some forms of these two types of cancer fall under the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and therefore qualify for expedited claims processing for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Applying for SSD with Prostate Cancer

Designated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, September is an appropriate time for looking at the application process for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits after being diagnosed with this disease. Prostate cancer qualifies for SSD benefits under the standard “bluebook” definition of the disease. The “bluebook” is the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) manual for qualified disabilities.

Applying for SSD with Ovarian Cancer

As September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, it seems an appropriate time to discuss the process for applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits with a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer. This disease can qualify you for SSD under two different circumstances. The first is the standard process for application and approval for disability benefits. The second is when the disease is in its advanced stages at the time of your application, in which case you would qualify for expedited review and approval under the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program for SSD.

What is an SSD Early Decision?

An early decision on Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is simply any determination made by the Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding eligibility that comes sooner than the typical timeframe for the majority of applicants. Most SSD applicants wait months and even as much as two years for a determination to be made on their eligibility for benefits.

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