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What Are Common Mental Health Conditions for Social Security Benefits?

Millions of Americans suffer from mental health conditions. These conditions may include major depressive disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorders – just to name a few examples. In some cases, a mental health condition can significantly impair your daily life. Although you can collect Social Security benefits for physical conditions, it may be more difficult to collect benefits for a mental health disorder. Some claim examiners may not understand why these conditions are debilitating. Fortunately, it is not impossible to get Social Security disability benefits for mental health conditions. Conditions that may be eligible for benefits include: Autism spectrum disorders: Individuals with autism spectrum disorders have an impaired ability to communicate with others. Conditions like Asperger’s syndrome may fall within this category of spectrum disorders. Clinical depression: It may be possible to receive benefits for major clinical depression. Individuals with this disorder may have a difficult time meeting…
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How Long Do I Have to Wait for a Disability Appeal Hearing?

The wait times for a disability appeal hearing has become a serious issue. Per a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the wait times for disability appeal hearings are longer than they have ever been, reaching a record high average of 596 days recently. Why Is the Wait Time for Disability Appeal Hearings So Long? In 2012, the average wait time for a disability appeal hearing was 353 days. That was already a long time to have to wait to get a hearing. Now people with disabilities and their families have to wait nearly 600 days for a hearing. In addition, there is a backlog of 1.1 million disability cases that are pending an appeal hearing. That is up from a backlog of 700,000 pending cases in 2010. According to the San Francisco Chronicle article, the Social Security Administration believes that the backlog and wait time increases are due to…
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Could My Disability Prevent Me from Going Back to Work in the Future?

Is a drilling contractor in Oklahoma stopping people with disabilities from going back to work? According to Tulsa World, an Oklahoma drilling company is facing allegations that it discriminated against job applicants who had previously filed disability claims. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought the allegations against the drilling contractor, claiming that the company violated disability and age discrimination laws. Reportedly, the violations took place during the hiring process. The drilling company is accused of infractions such as making notes on potential employees’ applications regarding their previous workers’ compensation claims, disabilities, age and family medical history. Can I Go Back to Work After I’ve Collected Disability Benefits? In most cases, people with disabilities are not able to work due to their disability. Even for those who are legitimately disabled, it can be difficult to prove that their disability is preventing them from holding any type of job. That is…
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Do I Have to Pay Taxes on My Disability Benefits?

For many, Social Security disability benefits are the only income available to them and, therefore, all they have to rely on to make ends meet. However, what many people with disabilities and their families wonder when they first begin collecting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is whether they have to pay income tax on SSDI and SSI? Are Disability Benefits Taxed? The Motley Fool recently featured an article on whether people have to pay taxes on Social Security disability benefits. According to the article, it depends on certain factors. In some cases, disability income will be taxed. Other forms of disability pay are tax-free, and other types of disability benefits can be taxed depending on the circumstances. One situation where your disability benefits could be taxed involves filing a joint tax return with your spouse. If you do this and your taxable earning plus half…
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Is Oklahoma’s Wait List for Developmental Disabilities Benefits Fair?

Did you know there’s a wait list for developmental disabilities benefits in Oklahoma? Well, not only is there a wait list, but it is also undergoing a makeover that some fear the changes could be unfair to people with developmental disabilities and their families. What Changes is Oklahoma Making to the Developmental Disabilities Benefits Wait List? With developmental disability benefits in high demand, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (ODHS) is facing a backlog that has forced them to rethink their system for distributing benefits. According to Tulsa World, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based news website, instead prioritizing the wait list on a first come, first-served basis, ODHS is considering prioritizing the list according to who it believes needs the benefits most. If this happens, then families that have already been waiting years for benefits could be moved to the back of the wait list in favor of people who ODHS believes…
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