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November 2012 Archives

World AIDS Day to be observed on December 1

Our readers may not be aware of it, but December 1 is World Aids Day. The purpose of the remembrance is to raise awareness of the devastating effects of the disease and held alleviate the stigma surrounding the disease and increase recognition of the problem as a family disease.

Rare disease quickly qualified Otsego man for Social Security disability benefits

A recent article focused on the struggles of a 53-year-old Otsego man, Joel Thompson, who suffers from a deadly form of scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that attacks many of the body's organs by clogging them with excess collagen. While Thompson looks fairly healthy for his age, the disease has begun to progress to the point where it will begin to significantly impair his life.

More and more employers offering long-term disability insurance

Disability insurance, many financial experts say, is an under-purchased financial product. Many people buy life insurance, and for good reason. But fewer people realize that disability insurance may be just as important, at least in the short term.

Social Security Administration working to address delays, P.2

In our previous post, we began speaking about the delay problem in applying for Social Security Disability. As we noted, the agency is attempting to solve the problem, and points to significant strides in the last five years toward that end. There is little doubt, though, that much improvement is needed. And the

Social Security Administration working to address delays, P.1

One of the unfortunate realities of applying for Social Security Disability benefits is the delay many people experience. This is a real problem. Some people wait years before finding out that they do not qualify for benefits. Others do receive their benefits, but only after extended wait times.