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Rosa's Law Removes Mental Retardation from Federal Vocabulary

Days after President Barack Obama signed Rosa's Law, he publicly honored 9-year-old Rosa Marcilleno in a ceremony at the White House, calling her "inspiring". The recently-passed bill will replace the names of mental disorders in significant portions of federal policy with kinder terms.

A Doctor's Letter Can Help in Social Security Disability Applications

When applying for Social Security Disability (SSD/SSI) benefits, there are inevitably going to be several roadblocks that an applicant must overcome. The SSD/SSI program is run by the Social Security Administration, and like any other government agency, has a number of complex rules and requirements that can incorrectly deny benefits to even the most qualified applicants.

Bill Would Give Social Security Recipients $250 In Place Of COLA

Last week, many seniors, veterans, and individuals with disabilities were stunned when the Social Security Administration announced that for the second year in a row, Social Security recipients would see no automatic cost of living adjustment for 2011. Historically, the cost of living adjustment is a benefit increase, calculated automatically using data on inflation published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

SSA Speeds Up Fast-Track Disability Processes

If you are suffering from a disability, you're likely already dealing with plenty of anxiety and stress without having to think about the status of your bank account or how you're going to pay the bills this month. In light of this, the Social Security Administration recently set forth new rules which will reduce the time it takes to process and decide the applications for Social Security Disability benefits of the most severely disabled.

HEART Act May Increase SSI Payments to California Veterans

Last month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) made revisions to Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) programs affecting members of the military, veterans, and their families. The agency published its final rules about the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax (HEART) Act, which will change the way the SSA treats certain forms of income and other compensation for purposes of SSI eligibility and payments.

Collecting Social Security Disability for a Mental Illness

Although disability is available for both physical and mental conditions, it is generally more difficult to collect for a mental illness. Often, an applicant will be forced to go through the appeals process before he or she can begin to collect social security disability. This can be a long and difficult process.

Wrongfully Suspended Benefits Returned to 250,000 Beneficiaries

When Rosa Martinez was told that she was no longer eligible for Social Security Disability benefits because of a Miami, Fl. warrant for her arrest, she was confused. Martinez had never been to Miami, let alone committed a crime there. Yet the Social Security Administration refused to reinstate her assistance, and Martinez didn't know what to do.

SSI Coverage for Refugees Lapses as Extension Ends

Refugees who flee their countries' persecution and abuse for the United States are generally better off, physically and emotionally. Yet it is often an ongoing struggle to survive financially in their new country. This problem was made worse last week as a two-year Supplemental Security Income (SSI) extension, created to ensure that elderly and disabled refugees would continue to receive SSI, lapsed.

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