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Everything You Need to Know to Report Disability Fraud

Posted by Scott Flexer

 

Social Security Disability programs can be a literal lifesaver for people who truly need financial help because of a severe medical condition that prevents them from working for at least a year. Unfortunately, as with most things in life, there’s always someone looking to take advantage of the system. Fabricating a medical condition or financial situation in order to obtain benefits is illegal, but that doesn’t stop people from doing it.

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Five Inspiring Movies Featuring the Disabled Part 3

Posted by Scott Flexer

People with disabilities are greatly underrepresented in the movie industry. However, movies with characters with disabilities are some of the most inspirational films ever made. Here are five examples where disability in movies is highlighted. Don’t forget to also check out the disability movies lists in part one and part two of this series also. 

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It's Heart Month: What You Need To Know About Heart Disease Disability

Posted by Scott Flexer

Do you know the leading cause of death for Americans?

If you guessed heart disease, then you’re correct. Heart disease and conditions are the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. In fact, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease every year. 

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Resources for People With Disabilities

Posted by Scott Flexer

Dealing with a disability is difficult under any circumstances; this stress is only exacerbated when financial concerns, family, and quality of life are affected. In this article, we’ve compiled a broad list of federal and state disability resources and educational services for individuals in need of disability help, as well as information you can access to learn what you need to do to find help and assistance with your claim.

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Topics: disability benefits, SSI, disability benefits FL, SSDI Benefits

SSI in Florida: Here's Everything you Need to Know

Posted by Scott Flexer

SSI (Supplemental Social Security Income) is a federal program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that assists elderly, disabled, or blind Americans with limited income and resources. Unlike Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is based on work credits that a person has accrued from working over their lifetime, SSI provides much-needed assistance to people who are disabled and with limited income, regardless of work history. Florida, unlike many other states, offers very few other kinds of disability assistance programs apart from SSI and SSDI.

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, qualify for SSI, SSI program

Living with an Invisible Disability—and Receiving Disability Benefits

Posted by Scott Flexer

Some of us tend to think of disability only in terms of what can be physically seen—a missing limb perhaps, or maybe an assistive device such as a wheelchair, hearing aid, or white cane. Of course, it’s important to remember that not all disabilities have a physical manifestation, and that’s what is meant by the term “invisible disability.” Invisible disabilities are those that are not immediately apparent to others. In fact, invisible disability statistics reveal that 10% of the United States population has a medical condition that could be considered a type of invisible disability. 

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Topics: qualify for disability, invisible disabilities

Six Mistakes to Avoid At Your Social Security Disability Hearing

Posted by Scott Flexer

Your social security disability benefits claim was denied, so you requested a hearing and you’re finally getting your day in court. While this is a great opportunity to finally be heard in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), for many people, the idea of a disability hearing can be intimidating which can lead to bad decision-making. But with proper preparation, the process doesn't have to be frightening and you can come out a winner.

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Topics: Social Security Disability, Disability Determinations, Disability benefits in Florida, social security disability benefits hearing, disability benefits hearing

How do I Know if my Child is Eligible for Disability Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Raising a child with disabilities can be difficult for any family, but even more challenging for those with low incomes. In these situations, families often wonder if their child may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. 

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Returning to Work After Social Security Disability Leave: What to Expect

Posted by Scott Flexer

You never thought you’d say it, but you’re actually beginning to miss the daily grind; you definitely miss the water cooler gossip. 

After a period of time out of the workforce, you may be thinking about returning to work after long term disability or short term disability. But you may also worry that finding work after disability will endanger your SSDI, SSI, Medicare or other benefits. And if you ultimately decide you’re not returning to work after short term disability, will you have to go through the whole Social Security Disability process again? Because it was a chore the first time around.

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Topics: Social Security Disability Income, Disability benefits in Florida, working with disability benefits

Qualifying for Disability With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted by Scott Flexer

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions, and more than 50 million adults suffer from one form or another. One often-debilitating type of arthritis that affects 1.3 Americans is rheumatoid arthritis, or RA. According to the Arthritis Foundation:

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Topics: Florida Disability Benefits, rheumatoid arthritis, SSI benefits

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