The number of people receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration has been increasing for years. Since 2004, the number has risen 42 percent. The sharp rise in people receiving benefits created worry among lawmakers and those interested in policy and spurred talk of reforming the benefits program.
Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are eligible for disability and other benefits from the federal government. County veterans services offices can serve as a main point of contact for veterans who need help with veterans benefits – but Minnesota county veterans service officers say that the new generation veterans is not taking advantage of the service.
April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. Parkinson's Disease is a brain and neurological disorder that usually progresses slowly. A person diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease may live with the illness for 20 or more years.
After the Olympics end, a different, equally intense Olympics begins. The Paralympics bring together disabled athletes from around the world. Veterans who received life-changing injuries make a strong presence on the U.S. team.
Depression and anxiety are common illnesses in people who are applying for Social Security disability benefits. These mental illnesses can be serious enough to qualify for benefits when they prevent someone from working. For others, anxiety or depression can accompany other disabling medical conditions. Finding effective treatments for these illnesses can be challenging, as one woman’s story shows.
Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities may be eligible financial support through disability benefits such as Supplemental Security Income or other Social Security benefits. But for many people with these disabilities, going to work would be preferable. Unfortunately, a new report found that many people with intellectual disabilities cannot break into the workforce.
Veterans who are disabled often can turn to both the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). The agencies have different application processes and different eligibility standards, but they have one thing in common: A backlog of cases.
Angelina Jolie raised awareness of a type of gene testing for breast cancer last year when she had her breasts removed to reduce her risk of cancer. Jolie has a mutation in her BRCA 1 gene which dramatically increased her cancer risk. Her mother died of cancer at 56 after a 10-year battle with breast and ovarian cancer. Now a new study suggests that women who find out that they have the gene after being diagnosed with cancer may benefit from having both breasts removed.
There are many things that are still unknown about multiple sclerosis. For example, it is still unclear what specific things trigger the development of this disease.
Fibromyalgia can cause a person to face several symptoms, including severe pain. Pain associated with this medical condition can be intense and unpredictable. It can sometimes affect a person's ability to be an everyday participant in the workforce. Fibromyalgia is one of the conditions that could make a person eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.