September 2013


Hospitals transitioning to new model under Affordable Care Act.

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Plenty of changes underway with the new law.

If you have had problems getting medical care and are seeking disability, then you should take advantage and get medical care as soon as possible.

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Local doctors concerned with potential surge of patients.

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The practical questions will now be answered. How are you going to be able to care for the large number of new patients who will flow into the system?

How will systems like Social Security Disability treat treatment by physicians assistants and nurse practitioners.

The reality is that it is getting tougher to qualify for Social Security Disability.

The rules and law have not changed but the political climate has caused some people to complain that it is much too easy to get disability.

It has never really been easy to get approved for Social Security Disability in Central Illinois. However, some parts of the country were much more lax on the standards for approving people than they are currently. Now the approval rates are dropping nationwide.

The best approach to strengthening your case is to have some objective medical evidence to support your testimony and what your doctor puts in her medical records.

Examples of objective medical evidence are Xrays, MRIs, and EMG nerve conduction tests.

These type of tests may show arthritis, herniated discs, nerve impingement, radiculopathy, neuropathy, or carpal tunnel syndrome.

There is no test to prove pain but these tests may be able to explain why you are having problems.

Anything that gives the Judge a reason to understand why you are limited in using your hands, or cannot stand or walk or sit for long periods is important in helping your case.

Some of these tests are expensive but they make the difference between winning and losing your disability case.

Questions about your disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

CHICAGO: Quinn releases some insurance rates for Illinois | Business | News Democrat.

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Remember that some people without jobs or lower income jobs will be available for a medical card and not have to pay a premium. This will make a big difference from the past when people were routinely turned down for a medical card.

Shutdown: Are Social Security payments at risk? – Sep. 24, 2013.

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No, I do not think Social Security payments will stop.
Can you imagine the uproar. In the past they have shut down some Social Security offices for a short time.

Too sick to work? Need health care? Take a number – Chico Enterprise Record.

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Very important points. Why do you have to wait over 2 years for Medicare if you have been found disabled? Maybe Obamacare will accelerate medical coverage for most people.

Study Affirms Benefit of Back Braces as Scoliosis Treatment – NYTimes.com.

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Scoliosis is definitely a condition that may result in a finding of disability under Social Security rules and law.
The key is what type of limitations it places on your daily activities.

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