Allsup Observes Arthritis Awareness Month in May
Sponsors Walk to Cure Arthritis; provides Social Security Disability Insurance eligibility screenings
Belleville, Ill.-April 22, 2014- Arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability and affects one in five adults, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Allsup, a nationwide Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation company, is sponsoring Arthritis Foundation Walk to Cure Arthritis events and providing SSDI education and eligibility screenings in honor of Arthritis Awareness Month in May.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports two-thirds of people in the U.S. with arthritis are under age 65, and that 8.8 million working age (18-64) adults report work limitations due to arthritis or joint factors. Nearly half of all adults with arthritis have a comorbid condition, such as heart disease, chronic respiratory conditions and diabetes. One-third of people with arthritis also experience anxiety or depression.
Individually or combined, these conditions often make full-time employment impossible. Individuals who cannot continue working may be eligible for SSDI―a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program. Understanding SSDI and its impact on health, insurance, future employment, finances and retirement income is essential for former workers. Read Allsup's explanation of the full range of SSDI benefits, including monthly income and access to Medicare, here.
"Pain is the most common reason people stop working due to arthritis," said Ed Swierczek, an Allsup senior claimant representative. "Additional symptoms such as lack of mobility, swelling and muscle wasting also can limit activities."
The Social Security Administration (SSA) primarily evaluates arthritis under two body systems-the musculoskeletal and immune systems. However, the effects of comorbid conditions are also considered.
"It's critical that patients let their providers know about all of their symptoms, so they can be addressed and documented," said Swierczek. Medical documentation is an integral part of an SSDI application. "Medical evidence provides disability examiners the information needed to understand a person's limitations and ability to work."
SSA denies two-thirds of initial SSDI applications. Securing expert help from an SSDI representative such as Allsup helps ensure individuals submit complete, comprehensive claims that improve the likelihood of approval.
For more information on arthritis and SSDI eligibility, call the Allsup Disability Evaluation Center at (888) 841-2126 or visit Expert.Allsup.com. Arthritis support groups can request a presentation or workshop on SSDI and disability literacy, by visiting AllsupAlliances.com.
Allsup will be providing educational materials and SSDI eligibility screenings at the following Walk to Cure Arthritis events:
- Austin, Texas, Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Concordia University.
- Cincinnati, Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Sawyer Point.
- Los Angeles, Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Exposition Park.
Locate Walk to Cure Arthritis events by state here.
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Ill.., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.
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