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Compassionate Allowances helps disabled Georgia residents

The Compassionate Allowances list provided by the Social Security Administration is an important program for many disabled people. It provides an expedited processing option for Social Security Disability benefits for applicants who clearly meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability. This can save important processing time for individuals who have a clear disability. The Compassionate Allowances list provides a list of physical or mental impairments that obviously qualify for disability.

Understanding the Social Security Disability application process

It is important to understand how to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, but also to understand how the appeals process works when an initial application for benefits has been denied. The appeals process can be complex, but because of its importance it is essential to be familiar with the appeals process, as well as the application process.

New SSA process helps expedite veteran disability applications

As we honor our veterans, it is important to understand the resources available to help disabled individuals and their children. The Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently launched a joint program that will allow for disability applications made by veterans to be processed more quickly. The new health initiative allows the VA to share medical records electronically with disability processors at the SSA through a secure process.

Dispelling Social Security disability myths

There are a variety of Social Security disability myths that may prevent some disabled individuals from seeking benefits, so it is important to be familiar with the facts concerning SSD benefits. It is important to understand that thinking about disability can be important for everyone. Greater than 1-in-4 20 year olds become disabled before they reach retirement age, so suffering with a disability, unfortunately, may be more common than many workers realize.

Disability benefits may be available for fibromyalgia sufferers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 5 million adults in the U.S. are impacted by fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia patients suffer with significant pain. Treating and caring for fibromyalgia can be costly but Social Security disability benefits may be able to help. The CDC estimated in 2012 that the annual cost of treating fibromyalgia was close to $6,000.

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