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February: Heart and Stroke Month

Heart disease and strokes are two of the three most deadly diseases in the United States. Combined, these two illnesses result in approximately 750,000 deaths in the US each year — almost a fourth of all annual deaths in the United States.

This February is American Heart Month, created to raise awareness of diseases like this that claim the lives of so many. Continue below to learn more about their symptoms, the warning signs of these diseases, and how you can help to make our future more heart disease-free.

2017 Social Security Administration Financial Adjustments

The Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews financial data and publishes a list of updates every year. These updates include adjustments to maximum benefit amounts, work credits, and other financial thresholds. Whether you’re now receiving benefits or planning to apply in 2017, you’ll need to be aware of the SSA’s new figures.

January: Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Approximately 120,000 Americans are legally blind because of their glaucoma, while another 3.9 million have limited vision. However, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, approximately half of people with glaucoma are unaware that they even have the disease.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time for people to become educated on the disorder and the struggles associated with it. With further education, those with glaucoma may be able to receive help before their symptoms worsen.

Does Union Membership Affect My Eligibility for Social Security Disability?

If you are a member of a workers’ union who has become disabled, you may wonder if your union membership impacts your ability to receive Social Security disability benefits. Your union membership doesn’t keep you from qualifying for benefits and many unions offer support for workers who have become unable to work because of illnesses or injuries.

While some unions have their own benefit programs, there are many labor unions that help members apply for disability benefits offered by the government or for benefits that are offered by their employers.

What are Some of the Most Common Application Pitfalls?

The Social Security disability application process can be very complicated. Being approved for benefits can be quite a challenge. The approval rate for disability varies from state to state as well as throughout the different levels of the application process, but the national average indicates that about 36% of applicants are approved for benefits.

Do SSA Benefits Vary Based on Cost of Living?

If you are applying for monthly disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), you may wonder if the amount of those benefits may vary based on the current cost of living. The current cost of living can impact your income somewhat, but the way your income is impacted is dependent upon the kinds of benefits you receive for being disabled.

There are two kinds of disability benefits administered by the SSA, one is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the other is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Changes to Social Security in 2017

Every year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) conducts a financial review that can affect benefit payment amounts, qualification rules, and other areas of Social Security disability.

When a serious medical condition stops you from working, benefits through the SSA’s disability programs can help you get by. Qualifying can sometimes be tricky though, and you may wish to seek assistance from a disability advocate or attorney even before starting your application.

November Awareness Month: Pancreatic Cancer

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, with healthcare practitioners across the nation educating the public on the risk factors and warning signs of the disease, which may include diabetes, a family history, and smoking, among others. Medical practitioners, non-profit organizations, and policy and lawmakers additionally draw attention during the month of November to the need for more effective diagnostic tests and treatment options for malignant pancreatic diseases.

Can Tumors Qualify for Social Security Benefits?

Many benign tumor disorders cause serious symptoms, like chronic pain and fatigue. Dependent upon where tumors develop, your medical condition may cause neurological, respiratory, or other systemic complications as well. Lasting impairments from surgical or other treatment may affect your ability to work too.

Does my Work History Matter When Qualifying for Social Security Disability?

Benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) remove some of the financial strain from individuals and families when disability strikes. Eligibility depends on various factors though, including previous employment for adults who apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Work history, including the kinds of jobs you’ve traditionally held, can also play a role in how easily you’re able to you’re eligible for disability.

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