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Medical Equivalence

At step three of the sequential evaluation process, the adjudicator must determine whether the claimant's diagnosable medical impairments meet or equal a Listing of Impairments. The Listing of Impairments describes the medical criteria for each body system considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity. Essentially, the listings are a "short-cut" to getting on disability. Examples of medical diagnoses that meet the Listing of Impairments would include small cell carcinoma of the lungs (Listing 13.14B), amputation of both hands (Listing 1.05A), or an aortic aneurysm with uncontrolled dissection (Listing 4.10). Approximately 25-30% of all disabled beneficiaries meet the level of severity for listings.

What benefits are available for veterans?

If you suffer an injury and are a veteran of the United States military, you may qualify for up to $3,400 each month in benefits. These are benefits paid to veterans who have suffered injuries as a result of active duty. They are also paid to those who had previous health concerns made worse by active duty. In the case that you suffer an injury as a result of the Veteran's Association health care system, you may also qualify for this assistance.

No, prisoners can't access Social Security benefits

It is an older complaint that those who are in prison should not be able to access Social Security benefits. Prior to the 80s and 90s, those in prison could receive their benefits, because they'd paid into the Social Security program over time. That's changed since then, though.

Congress agrees to fund Veteran's Health Choice Program

Imagine not being able to see a doctor for weeks or months. You need care, but you can't get into the hospital or treatment programs fast enough. Then, the government decides to give you an option to opt into a program that sets you up with a personal, private doctor much faster. It would be a huge relief.


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