Disability Applications Plunge as the Economy Strengthens

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/19/business/economy/social-security-applications.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

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Very interesting story regarding Social Security Disability.

Illinois Counties File Lawsuit against local Doctors and Drug Companies for Opioid Crisis

http://www.pantagraph.com/herald-review/news/state-and-regional/pekin-cook-county-suburbs-file-opioid-lawsuit-against-pharma-companies/article_d586bb6c-4a11-511d-87af-be94089f9e30.html

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All kinds of problems have resulted from opioid abuse. A secondary issue will be how to address chronic pain. Many doctors will no longer prescribe opioids. Medical specialists still searching for answers on how to break cycle of pain for injured workers and the disabled.

Short Staffing Leads to long waits for Social Security Disability Hearings

http://Short staffing leads to long waits for Social Security disability hearing decisions

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Not only long waits for the hearing, but also 2 to 5 month wait after the hearing for the hearing decision to be written. I tell people that it is a terrible system, however it is the only one we have.

 

Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/01/health/ticks-mosquitoes-diseases.html?hpw&rref=health&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well

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Lyme disease may become a devastating disease, and it can prevent you from working. More doctors recognize the disease. This should lead to Social Security ruling that people can become disabled as a result.

The Disappearing Doctor and How it Makes Your Disability Case Harder

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/07/health/health-care-mergers-doctors.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth&action=click&contentCollection=health&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfro

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The changes in health care delivery make it harder to win your Social Security Disability case. Not able to see the doctor as much or get the medical tests you need results in less evidence to convince the Judge of your disability.