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How to File for Residual Functional Capacity

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The Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) is a form that is filled out by your doctor. This form explains your ability—or inability—to perform work-related tasks, and find and maintain employment. As a matter of fact, this form is informally known as the “Ability to Do Work Related Activity” form. To be awarded Social Security Disability, you need to prove that not only are you medically disabled, but that you cannot perform any substantial work activity, and the RFC is pivotal to demonstrating this to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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Topics: Disability Application, Filing For Disability, Apply for Disability in Florida, File Disability Benefits

Does Social Security Cover Nursing Home Costs?

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For many Americans approaching retirement age, it’s a very real worry: Will there be enough in Social Security to cover my needs? How can I get the most to support myself? And what about my spouse? There are hundreds, if not thousands, of articles that address these concerns, and usually they involve an enormous amount of trepidation and volumes of paperwork if you choose to apply on your own.

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Topics: SSDI Benefits, living arrangements and social security, nursing home

All About the 2019 COLA Increase

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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 is an increase of 2.8%, the largest increase since 2011.

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Topics: Cost of Living Adjustments, Cost of Living, COLA

Are There Changes To The Medicaid Work Requirement in Florida?

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Since 1965, Medicaid has been helping families on welfare, low-income seniors, disabled individuals, pregnant women, and newborns by providing a form of health coverage. Under President Obama, Medicaid was expanded, allowing states to cover millions more low-income adults. Today, this federal-state collaboration covers more than 70 million Americans, making it the nation’s largest health insurance program.

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Topics: Disability Medical Requirements, disability rights florida, medicaid

How the ADA Helps Protect Your Job

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Many people believe that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is focused mainly on preventing discrimination for those with disabilities seeking employment. What they may not realize is that ADA legislation is also there to provide job security to those who become disabled while already employed, whether the disability is job-related or not. First, a little background on the ADA.

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Topics: working with disability benefits, short term disability

5 Disability Blogs to Lift You Up—and 1 to Make You Laugh

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Living with a disability can at times be challenging and exhausting. Sometimes, when you’re feeling down, it can help to know there are other people out there in the same or at least a similar boat. We scoured the internet to find the best blogs regarding disability, and have come up with five inspirational ones—and an extra one perfect for those with a wry sense of humor.

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Topics: special needs children, inspiring stories, traveling with disability, disability blogs

Can I Get Short-Term Disability for Maternity Leave?

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Unlike most other developed countries, the United States does not have a mandatory maternity law on a national level (a handful of states do, but Florida is not one of them). While many companies have taken it upon themselves to offer some form of paid maternity leave, many others have not. So what is a new mom to do?

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Topics: short term disability, pregnancy, Family and Medical Leave Act, Disability for Expectant Mothers, Maternity Leave

Five Super Successful People With Disabilities, Part 1

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Overcoming adversity is a cornerstone of the human experience. For many people, they are able to rise above a challenge and move on from it. However, those with disabilities may face challenges daily. So when a disabled person is able to not just overcome adversity but achieve unparalleled levels of success, it is truly inspiring!

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Topics: disablity, disability advocate, disability statistics, inspiring stories

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

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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

Good News for Social Security Recipients: 2018 COLA Report

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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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