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Check To See Whether Volunteering Can Cause You To Lose Private Or Governmental Benefits

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While most private insurance disability policies and governmental programs permit volunteer activities, check your own policy and/or government program just in case.

The question often arises whether the fact that a person is able to spend a lot of time volunteering, often 9-5, is proof that the person is no longer to be considered to be "disabled" and thus benefits terminated. Generally, working for a charity without pay is not overriding evidence that you are no longer "disabled," since a volunteer does not have the same obligations (particularly that you are not obligated to show up, much less for the hours you do), stress, and demands associated with work for-pay. However, an investigator may use such extensive volunteer time as evidence that you are no longer "disabled" within the definition of the government program or private policy.

If your volunteer work begins to be full-time over an extended period, check with your attorney to determine if it might impact your benefits.

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