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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Archives

Study: Disabling brain injuries could be exacerbated by ADHD

Medical researchers at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh may have uncovered an interesting -- and perhaps unexpected -- link between two medical conditions. One of the doctors who contributed to the study noted a connection between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and the severity of head injuries among children she treated over the years, and looked further into the phenomenon. Her study connected brain injuries with a lengthy recovery to the neurological condition.

Program set to help teens receiving Supplemental Security Income

As we've previously covered on this blog, there are ways to obtain disability benefits for minor children. Namely, Supplemental Security Income is one option available to children and teenagers who meet the criteria established by federal officials.

Group calls for change to Supplemental Security Income rules

Under current regulations, only those who have $2,000 or less in assets qualify for Supplemental Security Income benefits. That requirement has been in place for 24 years without being adjusted, even for inflation. As such, many Pittsburgh residents who are living with a disability may not qualify for this program, despite being financially distressed.

Supplemental Security Income impacted by inflation proposal

Over the last several months, federal lawmakers have been debating ways to solve the federal budget deficit. One measure that has received serious discussion is tying all federal benefits -- including Supplemental Security Income and Social Security disability -- to the chained consumer price index, or chained CPI. This is a measure of inflation that would be used to set increases in benefits for cost-of-living adjustments, which impacts many Pennsylvania families.

Woman's story shows value of Supplemental Security Income

One woman who has been unemployed for a few years understands well what it means to be short on money and food. Since she was laid off two years ago, this woman and her teenage son have relied on her Supplemental Security Income for rent and utilities. This woman states that she spends approximately two-thirds of her SSI disability money on rent and utilities.

Mother receiving Supplemental Security Income faces challenges

Single parents in Pittsburgh know how difficult it can be to meet expenses from month to month. Careful planning and budgeting can help, but sometimes those efforts just aren't enough. This is exactly what one mother of six, who receives Supplemental Security Income benefits, has discovered.

Supplemental Security Income: 40 years later

Oct. 30 marked the 40th year of the Supplemental Security Income program, which currently provides benefits for about 8 million Americans who are blind, disabled or elderly. If it wasn't for SSI, many of the most vulnerable people in the country would be facing property, homelessness and other struggles.

Working disabled man benefits from SSI and Medicaid

When a person becomes disabled, he or she likely encounters new challenges. For instance, covering medical costs may be quite difficult. However, as one man's story shows, a disability does not necessarily prevent a person from working and earning an income. His story also demonstrates how Supplemental Security Income can benefit those with disabilities who can work.

Without General Assistance, disabled Pennsylvanians struggle

Many Pennsylvanians relied on the state's General Assistance to pay rent and buy groceries. General Assistance provided financial help to disabled individuals, some of whom may be waiting for their Social Security disability application to be approved. The state cut funding for this program in June 2012 to save $150 million each year.

Pennsylvania cuts could affect thousands

Disabled Pittsburgh residents know far too well how difficult it is to make ends me when receiving government benefits. Now, with the new so-called welfare reform laws being considered, many throughout the state may lose the only form of income they have. Some of the individuals affected by the changes are in the middle of the appeals process to receive Social Security Disability payments or haven't applied at all. The end result to such a drastic change in income is that those who are already struggling could end up homeless.

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