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SSDI claimants, citing judge bias for denials, win new hearings

Applying for and winning Social Security disability insurance benefits is no easy row to hoe. That's a point that most readers of this blog already understand. The administrative law judges who handle claims routinely deny them for the slightest technicality. Appeals may follow.

Study links poverty and poor child brain development

The government recognizes that limited income can have a detrimental effect on the well-being of individuals. The response taken to that reality has been the creation of benefit programs such as Supplemental Security Income through the Social Security Administration.

New health law could include added help for those on SSDI

There a lot of questions and concerns swirling around in the open marketplace of ideas about the Affordable Care Act. It can be difficult to know what's accurate and what is not in any given set of circumstances. One way to feel more confident that you are getting the right answers is to go to a source that is reliable.

Film on fatal, premature aging disease puts stress on hope

Sam Berns is 16. He looks 61. If you happen to have access to HBO, you might have caught a small glimpse of what it means to be in his body by virtue of the documentary, "Life According to Sam." It aired yesterday evening on the cable network.

Post-shutdown fallout should be expected says SSA attorney

The government is back open for business. It took 16 days for Congressional leaders to come up with a plan to end the federal shutdown and avoid financial default. In the wake of the stall, the issue many seem concerned about is how long it will take for various services to be restored to full function.

Think autism is just a 'guy' thing; think again

Statistically speaking, autism is viewed as a condition that affects boys more than girls. The prevailing wisdom is that the ratio of autistic males to females is about three or four to one. But, there is a growing sentiment among some experts that the disorder is much more prevalent in girls than anybody has been willing to admit.

Tom Hanks reveals he has type 2 diabetes

Millions of Americans suffer from diabetes, including famous Hollywood celebrities. Recently, actor Tom Hanks revealed on "The Late Show with David Letterman" that he has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Two common questions about SSDI answered

Some people who receive Social Security Disability benefits wonder if the amount they receive each month will increase if their disability becomes more severe or they end up with another disabling condition.

Does the gov't shutdown affect SSD benefits?

As most people have heard, the federal government shut down this week after members of Congress failed to reach an agreement on a spending plan for the next fiscal year. The result of the shutdown is that the government is now providing "essential" services only.

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