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The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families in need afford home energy services and reduce the health and safety concerns that can be caused by unsafe heating and cooling practices. LIHEAP is a federally funded program with budget and coverage specifics that are determined by each state. In general, LIHEAP assists low...
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In response to concerns about long wait periods for disability benefit determination, the Compassionate Allowances program is available to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that they are clearly qualified for disability benefits. This allows the most obviously disabled applicants to receive benefits within a quicker timeline—often 3 to 6 weeks after applying for...
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP -- formerly the Food Stamp program) is an important federal program that provides low income adults and people with disabilities with a monthly benefit that they can use to purchase food. This program is especially important for low income seniors who often live on fixed budgets and are forced...
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The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent children. TANF uses state funds to provide up to 5 years of cash assistance along with work readiness, training and job placement services.  The primary purposes of TANF are to provide families in...
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The CAL initiative is designed to help the Social Security Administration (SSA) expedite the waiting period for individuals applying for Social Security benefits. It is meant to help those with the most serious disabilities reach a disability determination from the SSA faster enabling those individuals to get the benefits they need in a timely manner....
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There are many Federal Government grants as well as other assistance programs available to help those in need. However, it’s important to understand how this funding and other support can be obtained. What many don’t know is that a good portion of the federal grant and assistance available is actually disbursed to state and local...
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Going through the approval process and ultimately receiving Social Security Disability Benefits can be a lengthy process. What makes it harder is the financial strain it puts on you and your family while in the waiting period. With bills to pay and limited work options, it can put many into a very challenging financial position....
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The Social Security Administration that approves benefits for those who apply have an impairment listings manual called the blue book. Inside, it lists numerous medical conditions and impairments, both mental and physical, that will dictate whether you qualify for SSDI. Here’s a list of various impairments listed in the blue book: Musculoskeletal System - includes...
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Getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be a difficult process. With that, a large portion of those who apply initially get denied by the Social Security Administration. To help increase your odds of getting approved for disability benefits, here are 3 common mistakes people make that could risk their chances of having a...
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It is not uncommon to be denied when you initially apply for Social Security Disability Benefits. In fact, it is believed that about 67% of all disability claims nationwide are denied when they are first submitted to the Social Security Administration. As many discover, getting approved for Social Security Disability Benefits can be a challenging...
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