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New Federal Budget might affect Social Security

During the election, then candidate Donald Trump assured Americans that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security would not be among the many cuts suggested in a federal budget if he became President. But now, following choice words by White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, it appears that the administration is trying to create a distinction between "core" Social Security benefits, and the Social Security disability program. This distinction may affect anyone collecting such benefits. This was also confirmed though a four page White House memo recently released.

The new budget coming out this week includes up to $1.7 trillion dollars in cuts to insurance and social assistance programs, including both food stamps and Social Security disability. The new American Health Care Act also includes $880 billion dollars in Medicaid cuts. In order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, there are several factors you must consider.

First, a person must have paid into the program through payroll and income taxes. A person must also have a serious condition that prevents them from maintaining gainful employment. This could include a serious injury such as a spinal or brain injury, an illness like heart disease or cancer or a mental condition such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

The application process is not always easy, especially if disability limits a person's access to medical documents or records. If a person is suffering from such a condition and believe they may qualify, it may be in their best interests to reach out to a firm familiar with Social Security disability for assistance along the way.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Trump's budget plan continues his deceitful attack on the disabled - and violates a campaign pledge," by Michael Hiltzik, May 22, 2017

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