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April 2013 Archives

SSD system struggles to keep up with increase in claims

Social Security disability (SSD) cases are supposed to involve an orderly process. Someone who has become unable to work due to a disability becomes eligible for benefits. He or she gathers evidence of the disabling conditions and includes that evidence in an application to the Social Security Administration. The SSA, if the system works right, proceeds to approve the application and award the benefits.

Cost of living calculations: chained CPI would affect SSD

No one is going to get rich receiving Social Security disability benefits. But such benefits can be a lifeline for those who receive them. In Southeast Michigan and across the nation, they are vital to helping people make ends meet after disabling conditions keep them from working.

Mental health conditions and insurance company responsibility

Deeply embed in the Western medical tradition is a worldview that is far more willing to acknowledge physical illness than mental illness. In recent years in the U.S., that is slowly starting to change. But there is a long way to go.

SSD and mobility issues: power wheelchairs and scooters under scrutiny

There are a host of medical conditions that can greatly restrict someone's mobility. Some of them are so severe that they are disabling. For these people, in Michigan and across the country, Social Security disability benefits may be available.

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