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What will happen to my disability benefits when I retire?

Getting that acceptance letter that finally says you will be receiving Social Security disability benefits is usually a huge relief for people who felt like they had to jump through hoops to get to the benefits they deserve. If you're like some of our readers, that may have been the case for you as well. And because you likely worked hard to get access to them, you're probably just as eager to found out how they will work over time.

That's where this week's blog post comes in. If you're like anyone who is collecting disability benefits and nearing the age of 62, you might be wondering what will happen to your disability payments if you decide to start taking your retirement benefits early. By addressing this concern, we hope to give our readers a better idea of their benefits and what will happen to them when they reach retirement age.

Social Security disability benefits may help homeless veterans

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ website, homelessness among veterans is a serious concern and the subject of a recent initiative to gather more information. Community partners, VA staff and veterans alike can take an online survey to help federal officials make more informed actions in this cause.

Notably, the Obama administration has also indicated its commitment to ending homelessness among military veterans. Through an effort called the National Alliance to End Homelessness, over 180 municipal, state and other leaders have pledged their support for the cause.

Many of America's disabled workers fail to qualify for benefits

According to data from the Social Security Administration, around twenty percent of Americans live with disabilities. Yet the percentage of Americans receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits is not that high. The reason: The SSDI program has strict eligibility criteria.

Unlike other programs, such as workers’ compensation, private disability insurance or veterans’ benefits, SSDI eligibility is contingent on a worker being totally disabled. In practical terms, that means that a worker must have an illness, physical impairment or mental disability that makes it impossible to keep working in his or her field, or in any comparable employment activity. In addition, the disability must be long-term: terminal or expected to last for a minimum period of one year.

Another setback in the search for an Alzheimer's cure

For readers who have a friend or loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s, the news of yet anther mixed result from a promising drug may not come as a surprise. Indeed, the lack of a cure for this horrible disease can be as frightening as its symptoms, which some characterize as watching a loved one disappear before one’s eyes.

In this case, the drug is crenezumab. Researchers hoped the drug would target beta amyloid, a protein found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. In a clinical trial, doses of the anti-amyloid drug were given to patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s diseases. Of the 431 participants, some received a high dose, while others received either a low dose or a placebo. In the group that received the high dose, the rate of cognition decline was slowed, but not enough to be statistically significant. In addition, the drug did not appear to improve patients’ functional abilities in performing daily living and other tasks.

Exploring connections between food, wellness and disability

No one can predict when tragedy may strike. An accident or disabling illness may disrupt lives, interrupt work schedules, strain relationships and present other obstacles. 

When a disabling condition does hit home, it may render workers unable to work as before. Fortunately, disability benefits programs, such as Social Security disability insurance, may be available. For workers that have paid into the system, SSDI benefits can be viewed almost as a type of insurance against the unexpected.

Yet an applicant must present a strong claim in order to qualify for benefits. In that regard, having a disability benefits attorney on your side can make a huge difference. An attorney will know how to translate medical documentation into a strong legal case.

Returning to work after suffering a total disability

Workers who are struggling with a physical or mental impairment that interferes with their work duties may have questions about what is meant by the term total disability. More importantly, they may have questions about whether they can continue working in some capacity while applying to various disability benefits programs. 

The question is a valid one, as Social Security disability applications are often not processed until many months or even over a year later. During that time, a disabled individual may still attempt to make ends meet during the application process. However, applicants for Social Security disability insurance may have questions about whether part-time work will harm their disability claim.

Acute care hospitals provide long-term care for disabled

According to recent data, the average disability payment made to Social Security disability beneficiaries is about $1,146. If that amount seems sufficient, consider the case study of one man with Lou Gehrig’s disease at a long-term acute care hospital. 

The facility is one of around 400 such facilities in the country that care for critically ill patients. Although some patients may improve, such as those recovering from an accident, the average stay may be months. Patients with a terminal illness, in contrast, may live at such specialized hospitals for years or even longer.

The Internet is no substitute for a disability benefits attorney

Although the Internet has done wonders to disseminate information and improve access to business and governmental services, there are still times when a disability attorney may be needed. Today’s story provides one such example.

As readers may know, service members are generally referred to Veterans Affairs hospitals for their treatment needs. However, a recent scandal suggests that veterans may have been harmed due to long waits at one facility. The report also claims a systemic problem: In addition to long wait times, veterans may have difficulty accessing services due to long travel distances to the nearest VA medical facility.

Ohio's approach to disability and health care may be expanding

Readers may have confusion over the distinctions between Medicaid and Social Security disability benefits.

According to its website, Medicaid provides health coverage to more than 8.8 million disabled Americans. Notably, that estimate includes individuals who are working. In contrast, Social Security disability benefits generally require than an individual be unable to work for an estimated minimum period of 12 months.

Different types of cancer may qualify for disability benefits

When it comes to disabling conditions that qualify for Social Security disability insurance benefits, one might expect cancer to top the list.

Although the Social Security Administration recognizes many types of cancers on its listing of potentially eligible disabilities, the term cancer actually refers to a class of diseases. To qualify for SSDI benefits on the basis of a particular cancer, a worker must generally document how his or her condition is equal in severity to the SSA’s regulations and makes it impossible to work.

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