When Oklahoma residents are in serious need of help, immediate action is often necessary to address the issue. For example, when it comes to Social Security disability benefits, individuals are often in need of assistance right away. After all, the benefits are necessary to help the individual meet their financial obligations.
Here's a trivia question for your Friday afternoon: What federal government agency has a backlog that is the largest in the nation? If you guessed the Veteran's Administration, you would be wrong; even though you would be justified in guessing it. After all, there are more than 500,000 claims in flux, and waiting times for appointments are more than three months long. If you think it's the U.S. Patent Office, you would be wrong again, even though the estimated 606,000 patents pending approval is shockingly high.
Last October, the government shutdown dominated headlines as legislators bickered over passing bills to fund the government as a way to exercise their political muscles. This year, the economy's growth (even though a slight stock market decline has investors concerned) has tabled any discussion about funding bills.
Despite the reported gridlock in Congress before the fall break, it appears that lawmakers have an agreement on legislation that would allow people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits. According to a story produced by disabilityscoop.com, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (or ABLE) Act will proceed to a vote once Congress reconvenes in November.
It will be a number of weeks before we know which new shows will survive the fall season, but one thing is clear from the outset. There will be more characters with disabilities portrayed on network shows this year compared to last year. This news comes courtesy of disabilityscoop.com, which highlighted a report produced by GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).
It is no secret that disabled people in America face discrimination in the workplace. They have a tough time finding employment because of how they are perceived by employers of not being able to do the job or being too much trouble given the need for them to have time off every once in a while.
In what began in the mid 1970's as a small program to help disabled children in the nation's poorest families has reportedly grown to be the nation's largest source for monthly benefits. A recent report from the Boston Globe has chronicled the dramatic growth of the children's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
It can be a frustrating experience applying for Social Security disability benefits. The amount of information that is required along with the scrutiny that comes with determining whether a claimant is actually disabled can wear at a person and make them believe that they will never be granted benefits.
If you have made it through the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits, and have been approved, you likely have a great weight of worry lifted off of your shoulders. However, the main point of applying for benefits is to get them; and it can be nerve wracking waiting for them to begin. So many people have the question: when am I supposed to get my first check?
For many Americans, Labor Day signifies three things: the unofficial end of summer, the beginning of football season, and the beginning of a barrage political commercials that will last until November. While many people are not worried about (or really care about) politics, candidates want to sell you on what you should be afraid of, and that they have the solution to ease your fears.