Cochran Firm's Helping Hands Blog

Reaching Out to Assist

Here's an organization that may be useful to those in the Dayton, OH area in need of healthcare and are waiting for their Social Security Disability benefits to process: As the price of everyday living fluctuates, many families and individuals are faced with the tough decision of whether to forgo basic necessities. One of the basic necessities that many individuals and families forgo is adequate healthcare. For various reasons individuals and families lack the financial ability to afford quality health insurance that will grant them access to quality health care. With a mission to expand healthcare without restraint to the underserved and/or underinsured, Reach Out clinic of Dayton, OH provides families and individuals with an alternative to emergency visits for minor illnesses and chronic conditions that need immediate attention free of charge. To be eligible for the services provided through Reach Out, individuals must be uninsured with an income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level guidelines and be a resident of Montgomery County. Eligibility for patients living outside of Montgomery County will be determined on a case by case basis. To receive services through Reach Out, individuals must register with the clinic by providing proof of identification, such as a photo id. For more information about Reach Out and their services, call (937) 258-2000.

Reach Out
25 E Foraker St.
Dayton, OH 45409

If you would like assistance in filing for your Social Security Disability benefits, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers at 1-800-THE-FIRM. Our experienced lawyers can go to work for you and help you get the benefits that you deserve.

Empowering the Community

Here's a program that may be useful to those in the New Orleans, LA area who are waiting for their Social Security Disability benefits to process: Having a disability can often times cause an individual and their family financial strain. The Social Security application process can be lengthy and complicated which can result to benefits not coming soon enough. In an effort to help individuals in need of temporary assistance, The Jefferson Community Action Programs (JEFFCAP) in New Orleans provides various programs to help families and individuals remain on their feet and become self sufficient. The mission of JEFFCAP is to empower as many residents of Jefferson Parish as possible through its various programs and services. This includes elderly individuals, individuals with disabilities, those who are economically disadvantaged as well as the youth. JEFFCAP's programs include: Food Pantry Distribution Head Start Program Housing Counseling LIHEAP Community Centers Emergency Rent/Mortgage and Utility Assistance Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Weatherization Program Transportation Program First-Time Homebuyer Training Classes If you or a family member are in need of temporary assistance and would like to know more about the programs and services of JEFFCAP, call (504) 736-6900. At the Cochran Firm, we believe in our clients, and we go the extra mile to make sure they know it. If you would like assistance in obtaining your Social Security Disability benefits, contact our experienced lawyers at 1-800-THE-FIRM.

Columbus Cancer Clinic

Here's an organization that may be useful to those in the Columbus, OH area who have been diagnosed with Cancer and are waiting for their Social Security Disability benefits to process: Cancer is a devastating disease that affects an entire family. The term "Cancer" is a comprehensive term used for a group of diseases that causes the body's healthy cells to grow into an abnormal state and multiply, which can result in tumors or various negative effects that can interfere with a patient's life and body. For individuals in the Columbus, OH area,The Columbus Cancer Clinic provides assistance to individuals affected by cancer along with those who wish to be screened for cancer. The Columbus Cancer Clinic offers individuals home care support services and the opportunity to receive affordable examinations, mammograms and emotional support services. The clinic also educates individuals about cancer prevention and the benefits of early detection. With a mission to maintain the health of families in Central Ohio by providing education and high quality services, the Columbus Cancer Clinic is ready to help those in need regardless of their ability to pay. If you or someone you know has been affected by cancer and would like more information about the Columbus Cancer Clinic, call (614) 263-5006.

Columbus Cancer Clinic
65 Ceramic Drive
Columbus, OH 43214

Many side effects of cancer can interfere with a patient's ability to thrive. If you or a loved one has a disability due to cancer, The Cochran Firm would like to lend a helping hand. Our team has helped thousands of individuals with disabilities in receiving their Social Security benefits and we are ready to go to work of you. For more information or for a free case review, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers at 1-800-THE-FIRM.

Free Tax Assistance Programs

Income tax season can be a burden for all individuals. It can be especially difficult for individuals who lack the necessary tax knowledge or resources to prepare their own taxes or have them done professionally. For individuals in need of tax assistance, the IRS offers free tax help for all taxpayers who are qualified. Through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program (TCE), qualified individuals are paired with trained community volunteers that can assist individuals with special tax credits such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly or individuals with disabilities. The IRS also offers the Armed Forces Tax Council program (AFTC) that provides assistance to military personnel and serves as an intermediary for military families for the IRS. These programs are offered at various tax sites and also give individuals the opportunity to file taxes electronically for free. Tax sites generally include libraries, universities, malls, community centers and any other convenient sites. To learn more about these programs or to volunteer your services please visit the IRS website. Through this site you will be able to find more information about the various tax assistance programs, information for completing tax returns and ideas of what to bring to your appointments. If you would like more information about obtaining Social Security Disability benefits, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers at 1-800-THE-FIRM.

Going Red for American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and today The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers are going red in honor of those with various cardiovascular disease conditions. Heat disease, also known as cardiovascular disease can cause serious physical limitations and are one of the most common causes of disability today. Cardiovascular disease describes a large spectrum of disorders that can affect an individual's heart muscles and/or blood vessels. Conditions on the spectrum of disorders can include: Arrhythmia Cholesterol Congenital Defects Diabetes Heart Attack Heart Failure High Blood Pressure Stroke Cardiac Arrest Cardiovascular Conditions Metabolic Syndrome Peripheral Artery Disease Often times heart and blood vessel problems are a result of damage to the cardiovascular system through congenital defects or lifestyle and environmental factors. Based on an individual's need and the severity of their condition, there are a variety of treatments available. Treatments can include insertion of a pacemaker, radiation treatment to clear blocked arteries, heart transplants and/or cardioversion (electroshock therapy). However, lifestyle changes and healthy choices can also help improve the condition of an individual's heart and arteries. Through their Life Check and Simple 7 program, the American Heart Association is encouraging and reminding individuals that it's never too late to start making better choices for their health. Life Check and Simple 7 were created to give individuals a simple way of learning where they are on the road to good health. All participants involved in the program are encouraged to take the "My Life Check Assessment". The results of the assessment provide individuals with their own personal heart score and life plan. It also includes seven recommended areas of focus and an action plan that is customized to each individual's lifestyle and health outlook. Through these programs and many others, the mission of the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stoke. It's never too late to start making better choices to protect your heart health. For more information about cardiovascular disease or to complete a "My Life Check Assessment", visit the American Heart Association

If a heart problem is keeping you from working, the experienced attorneys at The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers can help guide you through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process. For a free case review, please contact our SSDI lawyers today by calling 1-800-THE-FIRM.

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