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How to appeal a denied Social Security disability claim

As some people in New York may know firsthand, finding out that your Social Security disability claim has been denied can be frustrating and heartbreaking. Social Security disability provides the financial support that many people who live with disabilities need to make ends meet. Fortunately, a claim denial is not the end of the process. You still have the option to appeal the decision.

SSD and SSI get the '60 Minutes' treatment, part 2

The backlash from the recent "60 Minutes" segment about Social Security disability programs took our minds off the shutdown for a few days. Now that the shutdown is over -- for the moment -- critics of "Disability, USA" can put all of their energy into correcting the misinformation included in the report.

SSD and SSI get the '60 Minutes' treatment

If the "60 Minutes" crew wanted to get people talking about Social Security disability programs, they may have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Unfortunately for them, much of the outrage inspired by the "Disability, USA" report has been directed at "60 Minutes" itself. The segment aired earlier this month, taking SSD programs in general to task; the state that received the most coverage was, thankfully, not New York.

Disney's access policy risks 'Happiest Place on Earth' moniker

New York is still enjoying mild temperatures, but the days are getting shorter, and that means that winter is coming. We will get used to the cold and the sloppy streets again -- we are New Yorkers, after all -- but we will also start to dream of warm-weather vacations that do not involve boots and hats and mittens for everyone in the family.

New York part of federal 'PROMISE' to kids on SSI

We wrote recently about the complicated application and appeal process for veterans' disability benefits. If you are a parent of a child with a disability, you know that the process for other government programs can be quite as complicated and that no two are alike. And because different federal agencies offer different benefits, you know all too well that there is no such thing as "one-stop shopping."


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