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Which digestive disorders can lead to disability benefits?

Published on February 27th, 2019 by Eric Slepian

Severe digestive disorders can impair a person’s ability to work and function normally, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) knows this. That’s why sufferers can be approved for Social Security Disability benefits if they are able to meet the SSA’s application requirements. Digestive diseases are found under Listing 5.0 of the SSA’s Listing Of Impairments and include: […]

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What is the Compassionate Allowances list?

Published on February 22nd, 2019 by Eric Slepian

The Social Security Administration created the Compassionate Allowances program to help expedite the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for those with specific conditions so serious that they have been determined to meet the SSA’s requirements. The SSA approves these applications based on a much smaller amount […]

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SSA asking for comments on its treatment of pain conditions

Published on February 13th, 2019 by Eric Slepian

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is asking the public for feedback on how it considers pain and the documentation of pain in disability claims. The solicitation of input is an effort to make sure that the application process is fair for applicants with more subjective pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. Members of the public have until Feb. […]

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Understanding postpartum depression

Published on February 6th, 2019 by Eric Slepian

Many women experience intense emotions after giving birth, including sadness that is often referred to as the “baby blues.” The baby blues can include bouts of crying, trouble sleeping, anxiety and mood swings and usually lasts up to two weeks after the birth. But for some women, the symptoms evolve into something much more: postpartum […]

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Recognizing Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day

Published on February 2nd, 2019 by Eric Slepian

Today is Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day, which is a time to spread the word about the condition and how it affects sufferers. The Arthritis Foundation explains that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects about 1.5 million people in the United States. It is much more common in women than men and usually begins between […]

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Too many Americans are dying waiting for SSDI

Published on January 23rd, 2019 by Eric Slepian

Last month, USA Today published a heartbreaking investigative report on how thousands of Americans die each year waiting for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) appeals to be decided. Advocates say this should not be happening, considering that SSDI applicants have paid into the SSDI insurance fund through employment taxes. More than 800,000 people are […]

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Mental disabilities in the workplace

Published on January 14th, 2019 by Eric Slepian

Recently, Forbes published an article on whether to tell an employer about a mental disability and, if disclosure is chosen, how to go about having the conversation. The article, citing data from the American Health Association, pointed out that mental illness is extremely common in the workplace, with about three out of every four U.S. […]

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January is Thyroid Awareness Month, part 2

Published on January 11th, 2019 by Eric Slepian

As many as 30 million Americans suffer from thyroid disease in the United States, and up to half of these cases go undetected. To help raise awareness on thyroid disease, January is recognized as Thyroid Awareness Month. In our last post, we discussed hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, which occurs when not enough of the thyroid […]

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January is Thyroid Awareness Month, part 1

Published on January 7th, 2019 by Eric Slepian

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck. What many people don’t realize is that this hormone-releasing gland controls the functionality of many of the body’s most important organs, including the brain, heart, liver, skin and kidneys. When the thyroid is working properly and releasing the correct amount of […]

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How do you know if you have a thyroid problem?

Published on January 4th, 2019 by Eric Slepian

Thyroid disease is a lot more common in the United States than most people realize. In fact, it is even more common than diabetes or heart disease, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. It is believed that up to 30 million Americans are affected by thyroid disease. However, what is alarming is that […]

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