Our readers have probably encountered references to the fiscal cliff and negotiations between Republicans and Democrats over how to best manage the economic situation. The fiscal cliff negations have encompassed a variety of related issues, and among them has been the way the Social Security Administration makes cost of living adjustments for its beneficiaries.
Those who suffer with conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, or good old fashioned back pain know what a struggle such musculoskeletal conditions can be. Not only can it be expensive to receive ongoing treatment for these conditions, there is the problem of lost work income. Often, these conditions can have a significant impact on the development and management of other health conditions, creating further complications for those that suffer from them.
The Social Security Administration has expanded a program designed to provide disability benefits to certain applicants through an expedited process. The program is known as Compassionate Allowances. Begun in 2008, the program returns application decision in 10 to 15 days.
Those who serve our country unfortunately often have a difficult time upon returning to civilian life. Among the challenges are finding and keeping work and coping with disabilities received in the course of service. These disabilities are both physical and mental.