MEDICARE BENEFITS INFORMATION

WHAT IS MEDICARE? Medicare is the United States health insurance program for people who are 65 years or older. However, if you receive Social Security Disability benefits, you are also eligible for Medicare benefits. In order to obtain Social Security Disability benefits, you must apply. You can apply online at the Social Security website. It […]

AIDS DISABILITY BENEFITS

AIDS disability benefits are available if your condition is preventing your from working. Many individuals with HIV infection have severe symptoms that prevent them from working. If you have severe AIDS symptoms and you will be off work for over 12 months, then the SSA may find you eligible for disability benefits. On the other […]

ADHD DISABILITY BENEFITS

ADHD STANDS FOR ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER ADHD disability benefits may be available to replace your income if you cannot work. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that typically affects children. However, ADHD also affects many adults. Symptoms of ADHD include not being able to pay attention or to keep one’s focus on a task. Additionally, […]

DEMENTIA & DISABILITY BENEFITS

WHAT IS DEMENTIA? Dementia is not a specific disease. Instead, dementia is a group of impairments that effect your brain’s neurological health. For example, you may have dementia if you have memory loss and poor judgment over a period of time.  Additionally, dementia usually involves a progressive decline in your cognitive function, memory, and language […]

CROHN’S DISEASE & SSD BENEFITS

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which can affect the gastrointestinal tract. Most commonly, Crohn’s disease occurs in the small intestine and the colon. Symptoms often include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, abdominal distension, and weight loss. Other complications from the disease that are outside the gastrointestinal tract can include anemia, arthritis, […]

CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE & SSD BENEFITS

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) can result in disabling impairments which prevent you from working. If you have CKD you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income benefits. In order to be eligible for SSD benefits, you must have a disability that keeps you from working for over 12 months. SSD […]

RESIDUAL FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY & SSD

WHAT IS RESIDUAL FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY? Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) is one of the most important concepts in your disability claim. The reason it is so important is your RFC can make the difference between winning or losing your SSD case. If you can prove that your RFC prevents you from working, then you can receive […]

BIPOLAR DISORDER AND SSD BENEFITS

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that can be disabling. If your mental health symptoms are severe enough that they keep you from working, then you might be eligible for SSD and SSI benefits. In order to win disability benefits, you must be off work for 12 months or more. Bipolar Disorder is […]

THE DATE LAST INSURED AND DISABILITY BENEFITS

The “Date Last Insured” is the last day you were insured for disability benefits. You may wonder what that means. After all, you probably didn’t realize that the Social Security Disability program is an insurance program. But, it is. You pay your insurance “premiums” by paying your taxes when you work. Therefore, by working, you […]

SARCOIDOSIS & PROVING DISABILITY

WHAT IS SARCOIDOSIS? Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that causes the immune system to overreact and start attacking the body. The disease does this by forming granulomas. Granulomas are clumps of inflammatory cells. These granulomas, or small clusters of inflamed tissue, start to form throughout the body and imbed themselves in the body’s organs. For […]

HEART FAILURE & DISABILITY – LISTING 4.02

WHAT IS HEART FAILURE? Heart failure is the inability of the heart to pump enough oxygenated blood into your body. Another term for heart disease is cardiovascular disease. Or, diseases which affect the cardiovascular system. This system includes the heart and its arteries, veins and capillaries. Heart failure has certain symptoms and signs. Those include […]

STROKE DISABILITY BENEFITS

Stroke disability benefits are available, if you still are suffering severe stroke symptoms and you cannot work. You must be unable to work for over 12 months in order to be eligible for disability benefits. You can apply for Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits. The two benefits are have different qualifications. […]