The Veterans Administration announced yesterday that it has eliminated the use of net worth as a factor for health care programs and copayment responsibilities. This change will make an estimated 190,000 Veterans eligible for reduced costs of their health services within an estimated 5-year period. Effective this year, VA health care benefits are more accessible […]Continue Reading
Does the dropping of the “Asperger’s Disorder” diagnosis impact children’s SSI disability benefits?
According to the Associated Press, the diagnosis of “Asperger’s disorder” is being dropped from the upcoming revision to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual being worked on by the American Psychiatric Association for publication in May of 2013. However, parents of children or adults suffering from the impairment currently defined as Asperger’s have little reason to worry […]Continue Reading
Disability Insurance: More Important Than Life Insurance?
By David S. Bross, Esquire While most Americans insure their lives and material assets, like their homes, cars, etc., many overlook the need to protect their most valuable asset — the ability to earn an income. According to Kenneth Podell, CLU, a financial advisor with Mass Mutual, insurance claims studies indicate that the odds of […]Continue Reading
Are You “Insured” For Social Security Disability Benefits?
By David S. Bross, Esquire Julia Robertson (a pseudonym) is a 42 year-old mother of two. After earning her associates’ degree in nursing, she worked full time as an RN for several area hospitals for 14 years. When she decided eight years ago to stop working so that she and her husband could start and […]Continue Reading
How to Succeed in Your Disability Claim While Saving Your Life
By David S. Bross, Esquire In previous columns, I have offered mostly “nuts and bolts” instructions for filing and succeeding in disability claims. Here is a modest suggestion, which I think, kills two birds with one stone: LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR. This strengthens your chances of winning when you make a disability claim, while also […]Continue Reading