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Is chronic kidney disease covered by SSDI?

Did you know that in the United States, there are approximately 31 million people living with chronic kidney disease? According to the American Kidney Fund, 9 out of 10 people don't even know they have stage three CKD, which should be alarming to our Cincinnati readers because kidney disease can lead to considerable damage in the kidneys that, if left untreated, can lead to death.

If you've been diagnosed with kidney disease or CKD, then you know how dangerous this condition is to the human body. Kidney disease can severely damage the kidneys over time, inhibiting the body's ability to filter waste and excess fluid. If the damage is severe enough, the kidneys may stop working altogether, requiring life-long dialysis or kidney transplants.

People angered over House budget that alienates the disabled

As some of you may have already heard, the House recently voted on its 2016 budget proposal. Although most people might see little wrong with how politicians balanced the budget, those who are collecting Social Security disability may find one part rather alarming. That's because the House wants to eliminate a rule that allows unemployed workers with disabilities from collecting unemployment insurance while also receiving SSDI.

If you think this sounds ridiculous, you're not alone. People across the nation, including some here in Ohio, have voiced their concerns about enacting the proposal saying that instead of encouraging disabled workers to return to the workforce, the cut will actually force people further below the poverty line.

You could use a lawyer both before and after applying for SSD

If someone asked you to defend yourself during a criminal trial, would you do it? Probably not. That's because you're probably like a lot of people across the nation who may lack the understanding necessary to pull off this task successfully. This is why a lot of people generally seek assistance from a lawyer. They know what's at stake and can make sure that you're getting the best possible outcome for your situation.

So why wouldn't the same be true for people applying for Social Security disability benefits? If you're like a lot of people here in Ohio and other states, your first thought might not be to hire an attorney to help you apply for disability benefits. Whether it's because the Social Security Administration doesn't require legal representation to apply for benefits or because you have assumptions about legal fees, the choice to forego legal help can be a costly one.

What is the SSA blue book and what does it do?

Aside from our more frequent readers, most people are unaware of how the Social Security Administration determines whether or not a person is disabled. Most assume that the agency does this using a specific set of guidelines. If you're someone who thinks this, then you'd be right.

As we have explained before on this blog, before a person is considered to be eligible for benefits they must first meet the SSA's definition of disabled. You meet this definition if you are unable to work, cannot do any alternative work, and your condition is expected to last more than a year or result in death. One way a person can meet this definition is if their condition appears on SSA's list of Compassionate Allowances.

The risk of becoming disabled and what to do

Many Americans do not think about the risk of becoming disabled. However, many people in the United States have disabilities and many young adults become disabled before reaching retirement every year.

A recent report stated that an employee at the age of 20 has a 25 percent chance of becoming disabled before he or she turns 67, according to the Social Security Administration. The risk of becoming disabled also depends on your profession, and the New York Times has reported that people working white-collar jobs have a lower risk of becoming disabled. 

An overview of the SSDI work incentives

Social Security Disability Insurance provides the support that many people need to manage their disabilities and pay for necessary medical care. While SSDI benefits are helpful, they do not always stretch as far as some people need. For this reason, many people wonder whether they are allowed to work while receiving benefits.

The Social Security Administration provides work incentives, which allow SSDI recipients to work and continue receiving benefits as long as their income stays below a certain amount. To test whether working is even a possibility, the SSA allows a trial period.

Some say cancer cure report may have given patients false hope

If you had an incurable disease or illness, would you want to know about any scientific breakthroughs that could potentially cure your ailment or extend your life expectancy? If you're like a lot of our Cincinnati readers, you may not want to be reliant on Social Security disability for the rest of your life and therefore would want access to treatments that could reduce the impact your condition has on your life or eliminate it altogether.

A segment recently featured on "60 Minutes" may have given this hope by highlighting a study conducted by Duke University that used the polio virus to treat an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. Currently, glioblastoma is listed as a Compassionate Allowance because of the short life expectancy patients are given. But if researchers are right, and their treatment can extended a person's prognosis, then doctors may eventually have a better way of treating glioblastoma or even other cancers down the road.

Struggles of an SSDI recipient

One disabled individual speaks of the consequences of losing her Social Security disability payments. She suffered injuries to her knee and spine due to a car accident. Even while injured, she then had to wait for two years to receive her disability payments.

She emphasizes how difficult it is to get these payments to begin with. Only after hiring an attorney, providing medical evidence and accident reports and testifying at a hearing was a determination of disability made by a judge. “The idea that it is easy to get on disability is flat-out wrong,” she stated.

A look at schizotypal personality disorder and access to SSDI

When a lot of people hear the prefix "schizo" they may automatically assume that you are going to talk about schizophrenia. Though they might be right, it's worth pointing out that this is not the only mental condition in the world that begins with this prefix. In fact, there is a mental health condition called schizotypal personality disorder that comes to mind.

But even though the two mental health conditions sound similar and even have some similar symptoms, it's worth pointing out that the two conditions are different. Despite their differences though, they can both lead to disability benefits, especially if either one is affecting someone's ability to do daily tasks or hold down a job.

How a child support order could affect your disability benefits

Whether you're a single person with no children or a married person with a family, disabilities don't discriminate, meaning they can affect anyone, at any time. Unfortunately, a disability can also force some people out of work, which creates a considerable financial issue that is oftentimes remedied by an application for disability benefits.

Unfortunately, not everyone's situation is the same, meaning certain niche issues and questions can arise such as whether or not a child support order can affect a person's disability benefits. As our Cincinnati readers will soon find out, depending on the disability benefits you are receiving, the answer to this quandary could be yes. Let's take a look.

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