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What's in a phrase? SSA to stop using 'mental retardation'

Here's some interesting news for our Pittsburgh readers: Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration announced that it would no longer be using the term 'mental retardation.' Instead, it will use the term 'intellectual disability.'

Social Security disability fund faces strain, benefits may be cut

Over the last several years, residents in Pennsylvania have likely heard about efforts to reform the Social Security retirement program because of projected financial shortfalls. Although this is definitely an issue of concern, financial trouble is also on the horizon for the Social Security disability program. If something is not done to remedy projected shortfalls in the SSD fund, beneficiaries could see a significant reduction in payments, which could create undue hardship.

Social Security judges raise concerns over disability quotas

When a Pittsburgh resident is looking to appeal a denied Social Security disability insurance claim, his or her case will eventually be heard by an administrative court judge. The judge will review the case file in conjunction with a hearing and make a decision. However, a large group of these judges filed a lawsuit that claims they are being required to hear too many cases.

Nurse's Social Security disability claim typifies experience

The future and stability of the Social Security program has been the subject of many recent conversations and news headlines. In an era when federal lawmakers are discussing several options for budget cuts, it seems like the Social Security Administration may be impacted. However, one Pennsylvania woman's struggle with a disability shows the kind of support the SSD program can offer.

Paper Social Security checks bite the dust this week

Previous posts on this blog have discussed the Social Security Administration's upcoming transition to only distributing benefits electronically. Now, this change is nearly here. This Friday, March 1, marks the deadline for transitioning to electronic benefits. The change applies to a range of benefits distributed by the SSA including Social Security disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income.

Social Security payments will be electronic for all come March

The Social Security Administration has been working on changing the method of distributing Social Security benefits for a while. Now, the SSA has set a deadline for when recipients of benefits-including Supplemental Security Income and disability benefits-need to switch to receiving their benefits electronically.

Denied Social Security disability claims to be retried

Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a very frustrating process. A person who is applying for benefits has likely already experienced numerous challenges. Having a claim denied can make the process of applying for disability benefits even more difficult. However, if a person's application is initially denied, he or she can appeal the ruling.

Number of people receiving disability benefits increasing

Many Pennsylvania residents have likely benefitted from disability benefits in recent years. According to a one report, the number of people receiving disability benefits has increased since the recession began several years ago. And, even though the recession ended in 2009, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the number of unemployment claims and disability benefits claims has continued to increase.

UN disability treaty fails to pass in Senate

Many people with disabilities realize the challenges that may be present when a disability is a part of everyday life. Several prominent politicians who have dealt with disabilities or disabling injuries throughout their lives recently spoke out in support of the United Nations disability rights treaty. The treaty was based upon the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

Social Security disability benefits to decrease in coming years

For many Americans, Social Security disability benefits are a saving grace. If a person has a serious medical condition, it can be challenging to support oneself. Social Security disability benefits can help those with illnesses, injuries, and mental health conditions. For those who rely on the Social Security Administration for receiving these benefits, coming changes could be difficult.

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