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Teen organizes fundraiser to combat Huntington’s

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, August 23, 2012.

Huntington’s Disease is a condition that can ultimately prevent people from working. People suffering from it often apply for Social Security disability benefits, and in fact, it is scheduled to be added to the Social Security Administration’s compassionate allowances list.

Huntington’s Disease typically shortens a person’s life by about 20 years. It’s an incurable condition that causes muscle coordination to deteriorate, and it can also lead to cognitive difficulties. It causes neurons to die off and often mimics symptoms of various psychiatric problems, such as manic depression. About 1 out of […]

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Which diseases qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, August 17, 2012.

People often wonder, “If I have such-and-such disease, will I qualify for Social Security disability benefits?” Usually the answer is, “It depends.”

The Social Security Administration does have a compassionate allowances list, which identifies medical conditions that invariably qualify under the “listing of impairments” for benefits. The program was created so that people who are very sick can see their application process expedited.

There is a wide variety of diseases on the compassionate allowances list, including liver cancer, Perry Syndrome and juvenile onset Huntington Disease, just to name a few. The SSA […]

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Who determines disability, and how?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, August 9, 2012.

When people apply for Social Security disability benefits, there are a lot of unknowns. They might wonder, “Would I qualify for disability? How does the Social Security Administration determine if I am disabled? For that matter, who makes that decision?”

These are all excellent questions. Generally, the SSA is required to gather a person’s medical records and examine their health problems. Other aspects of their life are also considered, including their age and work and education experience.

If officials with the SSA decide that a person cannot do the work that they […]

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Baby boomers play big role in rise in benefits enrollment

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Friday, August 3, 2012.

The question has come up countless times in recent years: Why are so many more people applying for Social Security disability benefits than in years past? A recent study shows that it’s a number of factors, including an aging baby boomer population and the number of women who have entered the workforce.

The study, which was conducted by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, also found that the poor economy in recent years drove many to apply for benefits, and a change in the law in the 1980s has also helped the […]

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Education Department to revamp disability rules

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, July 26, 2012.

Imagine having student loan payments that you are barely able to keep up with. Then you get sick or in an accident, and suddenly you have mounting medical expenses, and are unable to work. Shouldn’t your loans be forgiven if you are genuinely disabled?

The answer is “yes” and federal laws are supposed to eliminate debt for those with lasting disabilities. But, the Education Department is finding out, it doesn’t always work that way. While those relying on disability payments certainly cannot afford to pay back student loans, some […]

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When can people apply for SSI?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Thursday, July 19, 2012.

A lot of people don’t know when they can apply, or whether they would be eligible for, Social Security disability benefits. Many are also unsure whether they could receive Supplemental Security Income benefits, and what the differences are between all of these kinds of benefits.

Both programs require that an applicant prove that a medical impairment prevents them from obtaining gainful employment for a period that lasted a year, or is expected to last that long. With disability benefits, it does not particularly matter whether the person is rich […]

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Number of people on disability surpasses New York population

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

It’s no secret that the number of Americans relying on Social Security disability payments has been increasing dramatically over the last few years. But here’s a sobering statistic: The number of people in the U.S. who rely on such benefits has now passed the entire population of New York City.

The population of the Big Apple, at least according to the last census, is about 8,244,910. The number of people receiving federal disability insurance payments in June of this year stood at 8,733,461. That’s up from 8,707,185 in May.

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Supreme Court’s decision has disability advocates cheering

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, July 5, 2012.

When the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act last week, there was a lot at stake for a lot of people. Of course, opinions were often divided by politics, but certain groups likely benefitted from the ruling, and those who depend on disability benefits fall into that category.

In a 5-4 ruling last week, the court decided that the Affordable Care Act, or most of it, is constitutional, meaning that changes will be implemented between now and 2014. Some of those changes will affect those with disabilities.

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Women see physical and financial risk of disability

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, June 28, 2012.

A new study shows that women, apparently more so than men, are quite concerned about the impact a disability would have on their lives, both physically and financially.

The study, conducted and released by the State Farm Center for Women and Financial Services at the American College, found that half of women surveyed believe that becoming disabled what have at least a “somewhat devastating” effect on their household.

It’s certainly a reality that more women are applying for Social Security disability insurance. The number of women applying for SSDI increased […]

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After man is denied SSDI benefits, friends and family pitch in

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, June 21, 2012.

It’s a sad reality, but many people who are unable to work and are entitled to Social Security disability benefits are denied by the Social Security Administration because their condition cannot be formally diagnosed.

One man who used to work as an executive for the Toyota Corporation was forced to quit working when his degenerative nerve disorder made it difficult for him to stand or sit for periods of time.

The man, who is married and has four sons between the ages of 2 and 14, underwent an operation in […]

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