Category Archives: SSDI Health and Wellness

No medical insurance? Don’t miss the deadline for enrollment in the insurance program for 2018. Here’s where to get help!


It’s that time of year again!  If you haven’t applied for insurance on before, here is a guide to navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace (also called the health insurance “exchange”).

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Good news if you filed your Social Security disability claim after March 27, 2017–opinions from your PA or NP could help you win your claim.


Claimants who applied for Social Security Disability benefits after March 27, 2017 will have their medical evidence evaluated according to new rules established by the Social Security Administration.  These new rules may improve the likelihood that disability claimants in Southern Illinois are approved for benefits.

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Social Security Disability: Life After a Knee Replacement – Returning to Work

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After knee replacement surgery many people wonder what their life will be like; they wonder if they will be able to make the transition back to work.  Here are some things to keep in mind if you are considering knee replacement surgery:

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Are shoulder problems a big deal in a Social Security Disability claim?

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“If I have shoulder problems, will that impact my Social Security Disability Insurance claim?”  In order to answer this question, let’s look at how the Social Security Disability Insurance rules and regulations categorize work.

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Social Security Disability:  What if my joint replacement surgery does not go as planned?

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Joint replacement is a relatively safe surgical procedure IF the patient is properly screened for health risks before surgery AND follows the doctor’s advice after the surgery.  As with any major medical event, being prepared in case something does not go as planned is wise.  Here are two things you can do before total joint replacement surgery:

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10 Questions To Ask Your Surgeon Before Total Joint Replacement

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The following list of questions from can help you as a Social Security Disability claimant to talk to your surgeon about total joint replacement.  If you are considering total joint replacement, print out this article and bring it with you to your next appointment.

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Obesity and Social Security Disability – What to Know

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One often misunderstood condition pertaining to Social Security Disability is obesity.  Here’s what you should know about obesity and Social Security Disability.

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What to Know About Cancer and Social Security Disability

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Cancer in any form is a disabling condition to some extent. However, one mistake many claimants make is thinking that a person with cancer in any form will be automatically approved for Social Security Disability benefits.

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8 Medication Organization Tips for Social Security Disability Claimants

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Many of my Social Security Disability clients have to keep track of a long, complicated list of medications every day.  If that sounds like you, here are eight tips to help you organize your medications so you know you are taking the right thing at the right time.

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5 Behaviors That Make Your Doctor Think You Are Faking a Disability

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Don’t ruin your chances of a favorable appeal from Social Security with doctor’s notes that suggest you may be faking a disability.  Here are five behaviors to avoid at the doctor’s office.

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