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SSDI can help even young people who are eligible in Pennsylvania

The human body is an amazing and well-designed phenomenon of nature. However, the human body is not invincible and can eventually break down for one reason or another. This can be quite a problem if a disability prevents somebody from working and making a living while still young. This is why the government provides Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately, many young people are the ones who end up needing SSDI benefits. However, most are unprepared for this type of issue, since many young people do not believe they could be disabled at such a young age. Approximately one-quarter of young people end up suffering serious injuries and become disabled prior to retirement age. SSDI can help these individuals with essential financial assistance, which many times can be life-saving.

Need for disability benefits high for those with mental illness

For those in Pennsylvania who live with one or more forms of mental illness, finding and keeping a job can be a challenge. In fact, statistics suggest that as many as 80 percent of mentally ill people are unemployed. While many might assume that those without a job have chosen that path, the reality can be far more complex. In many cases, individuals who live with a mental health issue are eligible for disability benefits, which can offer a more stable financial future.

A recent report issued by the National Alliance on Mental Illness states that fewer than 20 percent of Americans who are receiving mental health services are also employed. The report’s author asserts that most of the workers want to work but have difficulty finding the support and training they need to be successful on the job. These services are sometimes offered within state-funded public centers.

SSDI covers almost every worker in Pennsylvania

The Social Security system in the United States is an important part of economic protection for many people. The system was created almost 80 years ago to ensure that the citizens of the nation were protected against unexpected hazards and disasters that could threaten one’s financial security in Pennsylvania or any other state. In 1965, lawmakers decided to add Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), because long-term disability insurance on the private market was not providing affordable and adequate protection for workers.

Now, almost every American is covered by SSDI. Today, 91 percent of workers between the ages of 21 and 64 are protected. This is about 160 million workers in the United States. Around 8.9 million workers with disabilities are receiving benefits from disability insurance, which includes over 1 million U.S. veterans.

Important rules for the Social Security disability process

Social Security is meant to help people who have been working when they find themselves in a time of need. Benefits can be used to help financially support oneself during retirement in Pennsylvania or in any other state. On the other hand, many times people will require benefits due to some type of disability. However, it is important to have a good understanding of the legalities surrounding Social Security disability benefits.

In order to receive disability benefits through Social Security, one’s disability must fulfill certain requirements to be eligible. First, the disability must last for a minimum of one year, or the disability must be expected to eventually cause death. However, this does not mean one must wait for an entire year in order to apply for benefits. Those who become disabled and expect to not be able to work for a minimum of one year should apply for benefits immediately.

Difficult to qualify for Social Security disability

The average working individual in Pennsylvania has paid into the Social Security system for a number of years. The original idea was that the individual would receive their Social Security upon retirement age. If an individual becomes disabled prior to retirement age, there is also the possibility of receiving Social Security benefits prior to this age. The process of qualifying for Social Security disability is often a long and drawn-out one.

Before applying for Social Security disability benefits, one will want to make sure that he or she meets the basic qualifications. First, the individual must be younger than retirement age. A second requirement is that the individual must have built-up enough work credits based upon their current age. Finally, the illness or injury must be serious enough that the individual is unable to work for more than a year.

Disability benefits may be available for liver disease sufferers

Liver disease can occur due to many reasons. It can be caused by prescription drugs, alcohol and bacteria. Whatever the reason may be, Social Security Disability benefits may be obtainable for Pennsylvania sufferers of liver cancer or liver disease. This is something to keep in mind since it seems that this illness is becoming more prevalent in the United States.

According to new research, liver disease and liver cancer is affecting more and more individuals. It is unfortunately also causing more fatalities. This information comes from a study in which adults who were at least 46 years of age participated.

Navigating the obstacles in order to claim disability benefits

When an individual is injured, he or she could be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, navigating the SSA system in order to claim the needed disability benefits can be complex. It has recently come to light that there may be large-scale mismanagement with the SSA, which could impact those who legitimately need financial assistance.

As Pennsylvania residents may have read, the SSA has approved -- or rubber stamped -- nearly $400 billion in benefit claims. Simply put, this means that many of the hearings and protocols required before approving SSA disability have likely been ignored or mishandled. There are several specific judges who have been named as the potential sources of these allegations. One of the judges who oversees the hearings is accused of actually sleeping through some of the proceedings.

Understand eligibility for Supplemental Security Income

For some residents of Pennsylvania, it could be important to understand the difference between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security. These are two different income sources for Americans, with Supplemental Security Income being provided for those with a lower-income level who may need financial assistance. The Social Security Administration oversees both of these income sources.

Social Security is generally paid to those who have worked and contributed, through paycheck deductions, to Social Security. Depending on circumstances, typically at retirement age, the individual will receive regular payments. However, Supplemental Security Income is available based on the needs of the individual. This could be low-income individuals who are over 65, disabled children or blind individuals.

Chronic kidney disease patients on SSDI may benefit from walking

Roughly 26 million Americans are affected by chronic kidney disease, including individuals in Pennsylvania. This specific disease causes kidneys to stop functioning properly. It is a very dangerous disease, but sufferers can follow strict diet guidelines in an attempt to somewhat manage the disease. In addition, those with chronic kidney disease may not be aware that they could be eligible for SSDI benefits. Moreover, a recent study suggests a specific type of physical activity may be able to prolong one's life.

The findings of a recent study suggest that individuals who suffer from chronic kidney disease may be able to live longer by going on frequent walks. It found that there was a lower risk of someone with chronic kidney disease needing dialysis or a transplant if they regularly walked. There were 6,363 participants in the study, and all of the participating individuals had chronic kidney disease that was classified at stage 3, 4 or 5.

Do migraines come with the bipolar disorder illness?

Bipolar disorder is a mental condition that can cause a person's mood to be uncontrollable. The mood shifts for a person with bipolar are extreme. The disorder affects more people in Pennsylvania and across the country than one might think. In fact, more than 2.5 percent of individuals in the United States suffer from the mental illness, some of whom may need to apply for disability benefits in the event their illnesses prevent them from working.

As if the suffering wasn't enough, individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder may have to endure more migraines than the general population. According to a new study, there is a link between bipolar disorder and migraines. Moreover, those who experienced terrible migraines were at risk for further health issues, such as psychosocial functioning.

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