Filing to receive Supplemental Security Income can present a number of challenges. Many individuals in Pennsylvania wonder if their illness or condition is actually covered by the benefits programs offered by the Social Security Administration. Most realize that physical disabilities are covered, but some are not aware that a wide gamut of mental conditions are covered under SSI benefits.
A new study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania shows that loss of sleep may cause permanent brain damage. According to researchers, the lack of sleep over long periods of time has been shown to rob the brain of power, even days after sleep recovery. A university neuroscientist says that could be a sign of permanent brain damage. The new findings could be important to anyone who regularly loses sleep because of their job, such as truck drivers or shift workers.
People with mental or physical ailments that hamper them from remaining in the workforce may feel desperate for financial help. If they discover that the Social Security disability insurance program is running out of funds, they might quickly become panicked in Pennsylvania. They also may become angry if they have already worked for years and thus paid Social Security taxes toward disability. However, some reforms could prevent this crisis from occurring in the next couple of years.
An iron foundry in Pennsylvania has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for multiple violations that OSHA says have put its employees at risk of serious injury or death. The company may be fined as much as $163,240 for 26 alleged violations in its Shippensburg foundry, which include exposing workers to hazards such as tripping, falling and amputation and failing to guard open-sided floors and platforms with standard railings.
Those receiving a certain kind of disability benefits called Supplemental Security Income (SSI) must have no more than $2000 in assets and $700 in monthly income. SSI benefits are available in Pennsylvania and all other states to persons who are disabled, blind or over 65 and who are limited by the foregoing asset and income amounts. The SSI benefit is not based on prior work, or income contributions, and has no past work requirements.
For workers in Philadelphia, the transition to daylight saving time can prove to be a challenge. At least one study shows that workers sleep about 40 minutes less than usual the Sunday night after the clock moves ahead, which means that they are more tired than normal on Monday when they go to work. Changing the time leads to an increase in the number of workplace injuries.
For many signing up for Social Security benefits in today's economy, it can be difficult just to get from one day to the next. When applying for Social Security disability benefits, the wait can be daunting. For many veterans in Pennsylvania and other areas who were injured while they were on duty, the disability can result in their inability to perform regular tasks or return to work. With this in mind, the acting commissioner proposed changes to the Social Security application process which may allow select veterans to take priority.
Many Pennsylvania readers who recall the events at Three Mile Island may have heard about a recent radiation leak at an underground nuclear disposal site in New Mexico. It is the first one in the 15 years since the Waste Isolation Pilot Project began receiving waste from federal nuclear bomb building sites.