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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Archives

How the Social Security Administration Determines SSDI and SSI Qualifications

The realities that come along with injuries and medical conditions sustained both in and out of the workplace can make life extremely difficult for an individual in the blink of an eye.

Your Pennsylvania social security disability questions are answered

Social Security Disability pays money for people who can't work due to various factors. If you or a loved one has a condition or injury that is affecting yours or their ability to work you may have a lot of questions about disability benefits. There are two types of programs for Social Security Disability - SSDI or SSI. What is the difference between SSDI-Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI-Supplemental Security Income. 

Unique challenges accompany mental illness

When someone finds out he or she is sick, most people react to that news with compassion. Communities often pull together to help people who are diagnosed with serious physical illnesses. However, mental illness is often put into a different category, even though it's a medical condition that deserves to be treated.

What accommodations are made for people with disabilities?

One of the most critical reforms of the last generation is the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law requires businesses and other public venues to make basic accommodations for people who have disabilities. Making restrooms wheelchair accessible or maintaining accessible parking spots are a couple examples of what might be done to comply with the law. Recently, however, a Pennsylvania raceway was accused of failing to make accommodations for patrons with physical disabilities.

Pennsylvania SSDI recipients increases by 50 percent

Nationwide, the number of people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance is increasing. In Pennsylvania, that increase has amounted to a 50 percent increase since 2003, recent Social Security Administration data shows. That increase is above the national average of 39 percent.

Surgery shows promise for severe obsessive compulsive disorder

The Social Security disability program isn't limited to covering purely physical injuries or illnesses; rather, it also covers some mental conditions. One of the mental illnesses included in SSDI is severe obsessive compulsive disorder, otherwise known as OCD. Certainly, financial support may be necessary for someone who is adversely affected by this particular condition, but advances in treatments can provide a different kind of relief.

How can children with disabilities obtain benefits?

Dealing with a child's disability can be a very confusing and scary time for parents in Pennsylvania. As individuals try to assess exactly how an injury, illness or mental condition will impact their families, they should know that there may be resources, such as Supplemental Security Income or Social Security disability, available to children living with a disability.

Who exactly qualifies for Social Security Disability?

The Social Security disability insurance program has recently been the subject of a lot of media attention and scrutiny. Many critics have broadly characterized recent increases in enrollment as unnecessary and wasteful spending. The reality, however, is that thousands of Pittsburgh residents are living with disabilities that make working very difficult. This is why they have sought the basic financial security afforded by SSDI benefits.

Social Security Disability

There are two types of Social Security Disability through the Social Security Administration. The first is Disability Insurance Benefit (DIB or SSD) most often referred to as Social Security Disability. The second is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). They both have the same medical requirements, but they have different financial requirements.

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