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Can Medical Marijuana Hurt My Disability Case?

Posted by Scott Flexer

The use of medicinal marijuana is becoming more common around the country, with 27 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico all having some form of medicinal marijuana acceptance laws with a doctor’s recommendation. Eight states now even have full legalization.

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Topics: medical marijuana

I May Qualify for Disability But Can’t Afford to See a Doctor

Posted by DEF

Physical and mental disability can leave people struggling to make ends meet, making applying for disability benefits a necessity for many Americans. However, without a doctor’s endorsement, obtaining Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits can be difficult. Unfortunately, disability leaves many individuals unable to secure work and a paycheck, greatly hindering their ability to afford to see a doctor.

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, disability advocate, Disability benefits in Florida

Does the Omnibus Bill Affect My Disability Payment?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Omnibus. It sounds ominous, right?

But it makes sense. Derived from Latin and meaning "for everything," the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill covers everything from border walls to baseball. Approved by congress and signed by President Trump in March, the omnibus bill (officially known as the Consolidations Appropriations Act) still left many wondering if and how it may impact Social Security Administration disability payments.

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Topics: SSDI eligibility

Can I Get Social Security Disability With COPD?

Posted by Scott Flexer

 

There wasn’t a whole lot of talk about COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, until recently. Now, commercials for COPD medications and treatment consume the airwaves; Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac, right Boomers? But for many, we’re wondering what is COPD, who is affected by it, and is Social Security Disability available for those suffering from the disease.

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, COPD

How You Can Support the Parents of a Special Needs Child

Posted by Scott Flexer

What are the right words? Which are the wrong ones?

What can I do—and what shouldn’t I do?

If you have a friend or loved one who is the parent of a special needs child, these are all questions you may be asking yourself.

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Topics: disability benefits for children, SSI benefits for children, special needs children

Stopping Abuse of the Disabled—and Knowing the Signs

Posted by Scott Flexer

As advocates for the disabled, we work tirelessly every day to ensure their well-being and future security. But unfortunately, cases of abuse happen all too frequently—and these are only the ones that we know about. Abuse can happen in a home situation, by a parent, child, or partner. But it can also happen in a special care facility, where we may unknowingly entrust our loved ones to untrained, inexperienced, or simply abusive caregivers (we use that term loosely in some situations).

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Topics: disability abuse, disability statistics

How to Qualify for Disability in Florida

Posted by Scott Flexer

The American Community Survey (ACS) reports that approximately 12.8 percent of the American population suffers from some sort of disability. Focusing on Florida, that number jumps to 13.7 percent (although the Sunshie State hardly tops the list; that would be West Virginia, at nearly 20 percent). But when it comes to applying for disability, it’s important to understand that individual states do not create qualifying criteria; that job is left to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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Topics: disability eligibility, Florida Disability Benefits, Filing For Disability, Qualify Disability

Disability Statistics in America: Here are the Numbers

Posted by Scott Flexer


While progress has been gradual, life for Americans with disabilities has been improving. Laws have been enacted to provide protection; benefits are being provided; housing is becoming equal; and proper public accommodations are being offered. But with the United States Census Bureau reporting that nearly one in five Americans is disabled, we wanted to take a deeper dive into the numbers.

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Topics: SSDI, Disability benefits in Florida, working with disability benefits, disability statistics

Can I Continue to Receive SSDI Outside of the U.S.?

Posted by Scott Flexer

While many people around the world continue to look toward America as the land of opportunity, others are considering making a temporary or even permanent move.

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Topics: disability benefits, SSDI Benefits, international social security benefits

Good News for Social Security Recipients: 2018 COLA Report

Posted by DEF

Social Security recipients, we have good news: the Social Security Administration (SSA) has released their annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), and we’re happy to report that there will be a two percent increase.

Designed to keep up with the ever-changing cost of living, this social security benefit adjustment is the highest increase in six years.

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Topics: social security benefits, Cost of Living Adjustments

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