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Can I Receive Disability Benefits for Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) that affect an estimated 3 million U.S. adults according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)—an increase of one-third from just 15 years prior. This statistic doesn’t include children under 18, who can also be affected by IBD, because most people are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s. It’s important to note that while ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are both considered IBDs and share a number of symptoms, there are also some differences.

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, disability eligibility, Social Security Disability Income, Family Disability Benefits, Disability Medical Requirements, Ulcerative Colitis

10 Questions to Ask Before You Hire an SSDI Advocate

Posted by Scott Flexer

Maybe you've applied for disability benefits and you've been denied, or perhaps you just need some advice on getting started with your application; whatever the case, a Social Security Disability advocate can offer help and guidance. But how do you pick the right advocate? Here are some things you should ask an advocate before you decide that you want them to handle your unique case.

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Topics: disability benefits, disability, Disability Medical Requirements

What Kinds of Arthritis Qualify you for Disability Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have a form of arthritis.

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Topics: Disability Medical Requirements, rheumatoid arthritis, Is Arthritis a Disability

Are There Changes To The Medicaid Work Requirement in Florida?

Posted by DEF

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

Spring Hill Disability Medical Evidence Requirements

Posted by Scott Flexer

If you are seeking Disability and Supplemental Security Income, then you realize how complex the processing of your case can be. That’s why Disability Experts of Florida is here.

We aim to help speed up and smooth the filing of your case so that you can get the benefits you need as quickly and as stress-free as possible.If you’re at the point where you’re filing for SSI or SSD, then you already know you do not need any additional stress.

Understanding the Social Security Administration’s medical evidence requirements can be tough; as SSI and SSD advocates, we keep abreast of all developments and have an intimate working knowledge of the SSA. It’s to your advantage to seek representation when filing for your benefits.

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, SSA Eligibility, Social Security Disability Income, Family Disability Benefits, Disability Medical Requirements

Determining What Medical Conditions You can Apply and Qualify For

Posted by Scott Flexer

Wondering if your medical condition qualifies you for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)? The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses medical evidence, as well as objective financial eligibility requirements (for SSI), to determine whether you qualify or not. Keep in mind, this is dependent on a multitude of factors (such as work credits, if applicable), and eligibility for SSDI is not based upon need.

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Medical Evidence Requirements for the SSA

Posted by Scott Flexer

In making official determinations for disability or SSI claims, the Social Security Administration will use medical evidence as the primary deciding factor for awarding or denying benefits. Without full documentation of your condition, receiving benefits from the SSA becomes extremely difficult; this is why it’s so important for disability applicants to understand how the SSA views medical evidence, and what factors the SSA considers in making determinations.

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Topics: Disability Medical Requirements, SSDI Benefits, SSI benefits

Medical Eligibility for Benefits in 100 Words

Posted by Scott Flexer

For disability benefits through SSDI, your condition must be officially classified as a disability by the SSA, and expected to last at lease one year or already have lasted on year.

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Topics: disability benefits, Disability Medical Requirements, SSDI Benefits

What Does "Disability" Really Mean?

Posted by Scott Flexer

We’ve all heard about Social Security Disability; it’s perpetually in the news. However, until one of us is actually faced with the unfortunate prospect of having to seek SSD benefits, it’s a great probability that we really don’t understand the program or its actual purpose. According to the Social Security Administration, studies reveal that an average 20-year-old worker has a 3 in 10 chance that he or she will become disabled before their retirement. The fact that each of us has a 30% chance of becoming disabled at some point before we retire tends to nibble away at our illusions of safety. It’s prudent to at least familiarize ourselves with what terms like ‘disability’ actually mean.

Broadly defined, disability means the following:

  1. A physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities.
  2. A disadvantage or handicap, esp. one imposed or recognized by the law.

For our purposes, the Social Security Administration focuses more on the second definition because it mentions the law. The two common programs that fall under the umbrella of disability are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, disability eligibility, Social Security Disability Income, Family Disability Benefits, Disability Medical Requirements

Can I Receive Disability Benefits for Coronary Artery Disease?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Coronary Artery Disease is another problematic condition for those seeking Social Security Disability Insurance. Despite having this serious medical condition, many claimants have been denied SSD for several reasons. The most significant reason that those with coronary artery disease have been denied is the perception that it does not interfere with the individual’s ability to work.

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, disability eligibility, Social Security Disability Income, Disability Medical Requirements, Coronary Artery Disease

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