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September 2013 Archives

SSA employee accused of charging SSI recipients illegal fee

A 42-year-old former employee of the Social Security Administration has been federally charged for imposing phony "processing fees" for Supplement Security Income benefits. The U.S. attorney's office said that the SSA claims representative was charging beneficiaries a fee to process SSI payment claims.

Disability advocates have high hopes for 'Michael J. Fox Show'

It's that time of year again; the time of year when TV networks begin unveiling their new shows. One of the shows to be premiering this fall on Fox stars Michael J. Fox, who has fought a long and public battle with Parkinson's disease.

'Obamacare' could result in private health care for the disabeld

Many people who receive Social Secuirty Disability benefits also rely on Medicaid for insurance coverage. However, because of the new Affordable Care Act, it is expected that a greater percentage of the disabled population in the United States will be turning to private insurance policies for coverage.

Report: SSA overpaid $1.3B in disability benefits

The Social Security Administration is once again receiving bad press this week after a report from the Government Accountability Office suggested that about $1.3 billion in disability benefits were paid to people who had returned to work but were still claiming to be disabled.

SHINE to prevent chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia

Sometimes people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or fibromyalgia have a hard time convincing people that their symptoms are more than just a figment of their imagination. However, both CFS and fibromyalgia are serious diseases that affect tens of millions of people in California and the rest of the United States.

Considering your Social Security benefits during natural disaster

If you’re like many of our Southern California readers then you’ve probably wondered what can become of your benefits during and after a natural disaster has struck. With the number of wildfires and massive earthquakes that have struck our area in recent years, who could blame you for wondering if your disability benefits could be affected.

Group ranks states based on services for the disabled

According to a report released this spring by United Cerebral Palsy, the states with the best services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are largely found on the West and Northeast coasts. Each year, the group ranks the disability services provided in all 50 states plus Washington D.C.

Study: Some antipsychotic drugs could increase risk of diabetes

According to a new study, certain antipsychotic drugs could greatly increase the risk of developing diabetes in people taking the drugs. The study, which was published in this month's JAMA Psychiatry journal, suggests that doctors should use caution before prescribing antipsychotic mediations to people suffering from developmental disabilities.

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