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Social Security benefits: Concerns over payment methods

Over the past several years, New Jersey recipients of federal benefits, such as Social Security disability insurance and supplemental security income, have probably noticed a switch in how payments are received, with direct deposit and prepaid debit cards now being the preferred methods. The goal was for the U.S. Treasury Department to eliminate all paper checks by March 2013. 

Researchers close in on reliable blood test for fibromyalgia

In recent years, there has been a lot of research aimed at understanding fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia, sometimes referred to as FM or FMS, is a mysterious disease with complex symptoms. It often causes severe pain in patients, leaving them unable to function as they once had and unable to work.

Unemployment rate increases for those with disabilities

While there has been substantial job growth in the U.S., the unemployment rate among those with disabilities has increased. And while the reasons behind this increase were not mentioned in a recent Disability Scoop report, those with disabilities should keep in mind that they may be able to qualify for Social Security disability or Social Security disability insurance. 

Those with mental illness may qualify for disability

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, among those between the ages of 15 and 44, mental illness is the leading cause of disability. These illnesses range in type and severity from bipolar disorder to depression and everything in between.

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