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Can disability payments be processed quickly?

Contrary to the delays our Fresno readers may expect from the federal government, the Social Security Administration is actually able to expedite Social Security Disabilty claims in limited cases under its Compassionate Allowances program. In this program, the SSA identifies individuals who have a severe medical condition and who are unable to work because the condition is expected to last for at least one year or end in death. The program allows the SSA to quickly identify qualified diseases and medical conditions and expedite assistance to qualified claimants based on medical information that can be obtained quickly.

Veterans' issues include hepatitis C drug access investigation

Veterans' health problems are not limited to war-related injuries. Service personnel are also exposed to numerous diseases, such as hepatitis c, which afflicts the liver. The U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs cited studies that almost 4 million Americans suffer from this disease, but that veterans using VA hospitals have higher rates of this disease than the country's general population.

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