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June 2014 Archives

Being unable to work is necessary but not enough for benefits

You have heard it time and time again: if you are unable to work because of a medical condition, you should apply for Social Security disability benefits. Of course, this is a requirement to getting disability benefits, as the government is not going to (intentionally) give disability benefits out to people who are more than capable of working. At the same time, being unable to work is not the only requirement for a disability application to be approved.

With same-sex marriage comes SSI restrictions

For a little less than a year, same-sex couples have been able to marry in New Jersey. There have been a number of people finally able to wed the men and women with whom they have built their lives, but with marriage (both same-sex and different-sex) also comes restrictions. For one thing, if someone is looking to apply for Supplemental Security Income from the Social Security Administration, his or her spouse's income and assets may determine whether they get benefits.

The future of disability benefits in uncertain economic times

Anyone who follows news on the Social Security Administration knows that its various programs are strapped for cash. The programs are running out of money and that could mean serious cuts in New Jersey residents' disability benefits. As it is, the administration may need to borrow from the Social Security retirement program, but that will take away from workers who have paid into the retirement program and expect to receive those benefits. The problem is, however, that people have also paid into the disability benefits program and want to be able to access those funds should they become disabled.

Smartphone app analyzes speech patterns to diagnose manic attacks

Though many people living with mental health issues are unable to work, there are some conditions that, when treated properly, an individual can work just like anyone else. Bipolar disorder, if managed, need not be a barrier to work. The problem is, however, that many people may not realize something is wrong if they are either in a depressed mood or at the far opposite end of the spectrum in a manic episode.

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