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Long Waits and Long Odds: Social Security Disability Benefits Challenges

In Benefits Application Articles, Benefits Application Stories, Blog, Featured, Immigration, News by Theresa Kulow

In this story on NPR (National Public Radio), Stephanie Hashmi shares her story of applying for social security disability benefits. Hashmi was diagnosed with systemic lupus, a medical condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. She’s had surgery and other treatments. Now, at age 41, Hashmi is often bedridden. Her health caused her to …

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Apply for Social Security Benefits Online

In Benefits Application Articles, Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured, Financial Resources, News by Beth Storch

New at Social Security — you can now apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) online. This adds to the growing list of things you can do on Social Security’s website! What’s New You can submit a disability and SSI application together. This should speed up the process and allow you to start receiving benefits sooner. …

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Medical Continuing Disability Reviews

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Benefits Application Articles, Blog, Featured, Ticket to Work Articles by Amber Kwiatkowski

If you receive disability benefits, Social Security is required by law to conduct reviews of your medical situation at scheduled intervals. This process is called a “continuing disability review” (CDR) and is intended to determine if you are medically improved and still entitled to benefits. If, during a CDR, Social Security finds that your medical condition has significantly improved, your …

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Aging and Disability Resource Center Opens

In Benefits Application Articles, Benefits Articles, Community Partners, News, Resources by Theresa Kulow

A new resource is available for all Dane County residents. Dane County Dept. of Human Services is pleased to announce that the Aging and Disability Resource Center opened in November, 2012 to help older adults, adults with disabilities, their families and professionals. Seniors and adults with disabilities value their independence and quality of life. When health conditions change or other …

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Social Security Applicants to “Sign” Electronically

In Benefits Application Articles, Blog by Stephanie Drum

Beginning in April, many people applying for Social Security disability benefits will be able to sign and submit the Authorization to Disclose Information to Social Security (Form SSA-827) form electronically, as the last part of the online process. Social Security requests more than 15 million medical records each year on behalf of people applying for disability benefits, and a signed SSA-827 …

Community Benefits Specialist Program Interview on WORT

In Benefits Application Articles by John Fuller

If you want to more about the services provided through the Community Benefits Specialist Program, take a listen to Kristen Hoffschmidt describing the services provided during an interview on Feb. 9, 2012 on WORT 89.9FM Community Radio Station in Madison, Wisconsin.  This program assists individuals with mental illness in Dane County in applying for public benefits. More Information Get more information …