All Things Disability 2018-06-04T16:58:26+00:00

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During Mental Health Month, Let’s #CureStigma

Laura Greenstein, Manager, Marketing and Communications, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Why is the ever-present buzz word, “stigma” always so present in the mental health conversation? Why do we continue to bring it up time and again? There are so many pressing issues when it comes to mental illness, why should we care about stigma?

Well, stigma is a representation of how people think in our society. Which, in turn, impacts how people act. And […]

By | April 30th, 2018|Health|

Make the Most of Medicare by Knowing Your Options

By Tricia of Allsup

President Lyndon Johnson created Medicare in 1965 because it was nearly impossible for the elderly to find private health insurance coverage. The massive program was a boon to seniors, but it’s a pretty good bet that even LBJ didn’t foresee the day that the number of Medicare beneficiaries some 50 years later would be more than 55 million Americans.

Unfortunately, Medicare, like most federal programs, is extremely difficult to navigate and fully […]

By | April 26th, 2018|Medicare|

Help On the Way for Vets Denied VA benefits

By Brett Buchanan, Allsup VA-Accredited Claims Agent

Military veterans received some good news regarding their VA disability benefits last week. A new federal court ruling will help thousands of previously denied veterans qualify for VA disability benefits.

On April 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a precedent used to deny more than 11,000 VA claims. In 1999, the Veterans Court ruled that pain alone is not a “current disability” for the […]

By | April 23rd, 2018|Veterans|

Most SSDI Recipients Want To Return to Work

By Paula Morgan, Senior Technical Specialist for Allsup Employment Services

I’ve heard the same stories for years. “People drawing disability are deadbeats.” Or, “They’re just lazy and the last thing they want to do is work.” And, “All they’re doing is taking my hard-earned tax money!”

I’ve been working with people trying to get their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for nearly 20 years, first with the Missouri Department of Disability Services, and now with […]

By | April 9th, 2018|Working|

IBS and the Workplace: Three Things You Can Do for a More Comfortable Working Environment

By Tegan Gaetano, Program Director, International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)

It may come as a surprise to many because  it’s often regarded as a trivial condition, but irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most prevalent and burdensome chronic conditions reported by patients. It’s cited as the second leading cause of work and school absenteeism, second only to the common cold,  and was found to cause those affected to restrict their personal […]

By | April 9th, 2018|Health|
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