Many people in Missouri have been touched by cancer in some way. For example, they may have a friend or loved one who had cancer, or they may even be a cancer sufferer themselves. When it comes to cancers affecting women, breast cancer awareness has gotten a lot of attention. However, there are other cancers affecting women that people should also be aware of.
Sometimes a person in Missouri becomes so ill that working has become impossible. This can be a severe blow not just to a person's psyche, but also to their pocketbook. After all, many people will say their job is a part of their identity, and without a paycheck it won't be long before they start to feel the impact of their situation financially.
Not every person with HIV contracts the disease as a sexually active adult. Some people contract HIV prenatally. One may wonder how contracting HIV prenatally affects a person's health as a young adult. One recent study examined that question, the results of which may interest people in Missouri and elsewhere who suffer from HIV.
National Cancer Survivors Day took place earlier in June, and it serves as a good reminder that many people all across the nation are battling this disease and winning. Still, such battles come at a cost, both physically and financially. Cancer itself is a serious disease, and even treating cancer can make a person feel very ill for an extended period of time. This can lead to financial difficulties, especially when the medical bills pile up and a person cannot work for a year or more or if the illness is projected to be fatal.
The Social Security Administration has in place a strict definition of "disability" that Missouri residents must meet before they may receive disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income. For the most part, a person's disability must be expected to last for at least a year in order for the individual to qualify; if their disability will resolve before 12 months have passed then they may not be approved for benefits.
One important question disabled individuals might have is what medical conditions qualify for Social Security disability benefits. There are different methods to qualify for SSD benefits and it is important to understand the different processes. Qualifying for SSD benefits can be essential for the daily needs of many disabled individuals, which is why it is important to understand how to apply for benefits.
Often times we associate social security disability benefits with workplace injuries and other types of debilitating injuries such as brain injuries, spinal chord injuries and paralysis. These types of physical impairments leave no question as to an individual's inability to work. But this merely scratches the surface of the long list of conditions that may qualify you for SSD benefits. If you are suffering from an illness or other physical condition that may impact your ability to become gainfully employed it is possible that you could qualify for SSD benefits. So how do you know if your condition qualifies?
Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income are two programs, each designed to address the needs for income and long term care for individuals with disabilities. Social Security Disability, or SSD, benefits adults who have been disabled since childhood (prior to age 22). For children, SSD can be paid based on a parent's Social Security earnings record. Determining the amount a person is qualified for under SSD is based on work credits; these are credits that an individual has earned based on their income during years that they were able to work. Unfortunately, this system can fall short for children or adults who have been disabled since childhood, because they do not have sufficient work history to earn the credits necessary to receive assistance.
A previous post discussed how Boone County, Missouri residents who find themselves sick and unable to work can apply for disability benefits through one of the Social Security Administration's programs, even if it is true that their condition may have been caused by a habit of drug or alcohol abuse. A person in this situation, however, may be required to go and get treatment as a condition of continuing to receive benefits.
Many people quietly struggle with a drug or alcohol addiction. Contrary to a popular conception, many if not most of these struggling souls actually go to work almost every day and live productive, seemingly normal lives.