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Social Security Disability Insurance - 6/14/2013

When working, most people have FICA taxes withheld from their pay checks. A small part of that federal withholding goes to fund the Social Security Disability Insurance program. ...

Postponing Social Security Benefits - 6/1/2013

A common fear among retirees is that their retirement benefits will be short lived and will not last their entire lifetime - a concern that will probably become even greater as people live longer. ...

Social Security for Children With Developmental Disabilities - 5/21/2013

Parents of children with developmental disabilities, which by federal statue are defined as mental or physical disabilities that originated before the individual attained the age of 22, should be aware of opportunities available for these dependents. ...

Social Security Hearing - 5/13/2013

Social security disability hearings usually take place in an Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). ...

How Long Does a SSI Disability Claim Take - 4/30/2013

SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. It is a need based program administered by the Social Security Administration for disabled persons with low income and low assets. ...

Poverty and Social Security - 4/20/2013

Governmental cash assistance in the United States often operates on the principle of categorical eligibility. This means that to be eligible for assistance, a person must be in the right category. ...

Mental Illness and Social Security - 4/11/2013

Social Security Disability Insurance is the major disability program. SSDI is a federal income program for people who are blind or have a disability, including mental illness. ...

Social Security Disability Income - 4/3/2013

The legislative antecedent of the SSA was the Social Security Act, signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on 14 August 1935. ...

Benefits Based on the Earnings Records of Your Current or Deceased Spouse - 3/30/2013

Under both employer-provided pensions and Social Security, individuals who have never worked cannot receive a benefit in their own right. ...

Use of Information Technology by the Social Security Administration - 3/18/2013

The Social Security Administration starting implementing new technology in the late 70's. During the 1980s some limited benefits of the systems development started to appear. The agency acquired significantly greater storage capacity by upgrading hardware upgrades. ...

Epilepsy and Social Security - 3/10/2013

You can qualify for epilepsy social security benefits if you are suffering from epileptic illness. However there are restrictions on the benefits. ...

Disability and Social security - 3/3/2013

An individual may qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits if he or she has worked for a certain period of time in covered employment, during which both the individual and employer made contributions through payroll taxes. ...

Supplemental Security Income Program - 2/24/2013

The Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) created in 1972 covers persons with medical conditions which exclude them from employment but do not entitle them to disability insurance. ...

Children and Social Security - 2/18/2013

For the purpose of social security, disability is not all about health and diagnoses. Social Security places more emphasis on functional limitation. ...

Social Security Program - 2/11/2013

The term "Social Security" first appeared prominently in the United States Social Security Act. Its use spread rapidly throughout the world and the mention of social security in the Atlantic Charter of 1941 gave it further impetus. ...

Why Social Security Recipients Do Not Return to Work - 1/30/2013

For individuals in the United States who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the Social Security Administration (SSA) regulations regarding the effect of earned income on benefits are often perceived as posing a substantial barrier to employment. ...

Screening for Social Security Eligibility - 1/24/2013

For people with disabilities, two particularly significant screening areas involve eligibility for services from the public vocational rehabilitation program and eligibility for Social Security benefits. ...

How the Ticket to Work Act Addressed the Concerns of Social Security Recipients With Psychiatric Disabilities - 1/17/2013

The Ticket to Work Act addressed other common concerns of people with disabilities considering employment. ...

How Studies Conducted by the Social Security Administration Resulted in the Ticket to Work Act - 12/29/2012

The cumulative marginal tax rates for individuals who decide to leave SSI and go to work can be from 50 percent to over 89 percent. The 50-cent loss in SSI benefits per dollar of earnings is only the starting point of income loss; these recipients also lose Food Stamps and can lose health benefits. ...

Earned Income - 12/6/2012

The fear of losing one's benefits, coupled with the fear that one may not be able to sustain employment, makes the perceived risk of attempting employment very great. In fact, the perceived risk is often much greater than the actual risk. ...

Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act - 12/2/2012

The Supplemental Security Income program provides more realistic cash allowances to disabled recipients than general relief programs do for the nondisabled unemployed. Moreover, it is complemented by Medicaid coverage of sometimes extremely costly health-related needs, including a regular, monthly outlay for personal assistance services when required. ...

Workers with Disabilities - 11/25/2012

While the welfare rolls declined during the 1990s, nationwide the rolls of two other government benefit programs, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), sharply increased. Today millions of adults across the nation are unemployed and receiving SSI or SSDI. ...

How It All Began - 11/15/2012

Social security and medicare consist of four separate programs: old-age and survivors insurance (OASI), disability insurance (DI), hospital insurance (HI), and supplementary medical insurance (SMI). ...

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - 11/6/2012

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program was passed by Congress in 1972 and became effective in 1974. SSI is a guaranteed income program for the aged, disabled, and blind. ...

Applying for Benefits - 11/1/2012

It is advisable to contact the nearest Social Security office two or three months before the planned retirement date to apply for benefits. ...

Social Security Contributions - 10/26/2012

Social Security contributions withheld from wages throughout the period of employment are credited to the worker's earnings account. Thus, the account becomes, in effect, a history of annual earnings. ...

Social Security Retirement Benefits - 10/21/2012

A retired worker is entitled to Social Security retirement benefits. The eligibility will depend on whether or not the job is covered under Social Security. ...

Social Security Disability Income - 10/13/2012

Social security disability income is a sort of "insurance policy" that most people who are working pay into through their employment. The eligibility for this program is based primarily on the fact that you are disabled. ...

Applying for Social Security Benefits With AIDS/HIV - 10/4/2012

In the process of application for social security entitlement programs, you are going to need to provide a fair amount of information about your professional and your medical history. It is important to put some thought into this effort and put forth the facts as they occurred. If you are prepared ahead of time, it will save you time. ...

Social Security Benefit Determination - 9/27/2012

The Social Security Administration has changed its benefit formulas many times over the years. The current system, for all its complexity, is a much more streamlined structure than was the case previously. ...

Why You Need an Attorney - 9/18/2012

On first site, the Social Security Act like any other any comprehensive and well-organized statute appears to state precisely and in detail just what the body which made the law intended. ...

Programs Administered by the SSA - 9/12/2012

The US Social Security Administration (SSA) is within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). ...

SSI and Children - 9/4/2012

Before the Social Security Act was passed, one-fourth of the States did nothing at all for crippled children. ...

Why the Social Security Administration Assumed Control of the SSI Program - 8/30/2012

The Social Security Administration could have deferred implementation or elected to implement SSI gradually, but instead it assumed control on January 1, 1974. ...

Supplemental Security Income - 8/21/2012

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a less well-known welfare program that offers financial help to several populations who are not otherwise covered by any social insurance program, or whose social insurance payment is below the poverty level: the needy aged (65+), and the visually or otherwise disabled, basically unemployables. ...

Applying for Disability - 8/13/2012

While most accident victims recover from the injuries, sometimes, the accident leaves the victim with a functional limitation. ...

SSI and the Mentally Ill - 8/6/2012

It is not just those who suffer from physical disability or illness who are entitled to social security benefits. Those suffering from mental illness also qualify for social security benefits. ...

SSI and the Mentally Ill - 8/2/2012

It is not just those who suffer from physical disability or illness who are entitled to social security benefits. Those suffering from mental illness also qualify for social security benefits. ...

Incentives to Work - 7/26/2012

The SSI program provides a variety of incentives for people with disabilities to work. As with SSDI, impairment-related work expenses are deducted from gross earnings before a determination is made as to whether an applicant is engaging in a substantial gainful activity. ...

Substantial Gainful Activity - 7/16/2012

Unlike the Old Age Assistance Program, eligibility for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI) are not age based. ...

Why You Need a Disability Attorney - 7/12/2012

Disability laws are complex. Attempting to fight a disability claim without the assistance of an experienced disability attorney can prove disastrous. ...

Back Pain Disability - 7/2/2012

If you are suffering from back pain as a result of your job, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits. You will be eligible if your job is covered by social security. ...

Social Security Administration - 6/22/2012

Headquartered in Baltimore, the Social Security Administration (SSA) employs over seventy thousand people, who work across the nation over a hundred offices and centers across the nation. ...

Supplemental Security Income - 5/31/2012

The Supplemental Security Income program provides benefits to lowincome elderly and disabled or blind individuals who satisfy both income and asset eligibility requirements. ...

Personal Stakes in Social Security - 5/23/2012

The stake that all generations have in Social Security results from the widespread preference individuals and families have for nonpersonal means of financial support in old age--that is, for the major responsibility for the financial support of older relatives being placed outside the family. ...

Adult with Special Needs - 5/15/2012

Support for an adult with special needs can be very complicated. Maybe by working, he can earn enough money to pay for an apartment, but not enough to pay for medications and medical care. ...

Social Security and Children - 5/8/2012

When the Social Security Act was passed in 1935, it provided federal grants to the states for dependent children but required the states to adopt the philosophy of this more advanced method of caring for dependent children. The residence requirements for aid to dependent children give the states less latitude than do the residence requirements for old-age assistance. ...

Social Security in the Long Run - 5/1/2012

Social Security is so fundamental to our society that no president and no Congress would ever allow the program to fail to meet its obligations. And when it is clearly understood that Social Security is an institution that will continue through time, it is easy to see that, in the long run, current workers will be the direct beneficiaries. ...

Stimulus to State - 3/20/2012

The Social Security Act uses two types of stimulus to State legislation for unemployment compensation: a tax offset device, such as that employed in Federal inheritance taxation, and grants for the cost of administration of State laws. The Act does not itself set up a system of unemployment compensation for the United States; unemployment compensation remains a State rather than a Federal responsibility. ...

Evidence in an Administrative Proceeding - 3/20/2012

The burden of proof in administrative proceedings is borne by "the moving party." This means that the claimant for benefits must demonstrate eligibility for those benefits or the previous agency denial is upheld. Administrative decisions are to rest upon "substantial evidence" which constitutes an overall standard of review of the findings of fact. In other words, the record must be considered as a whole. ...

Supplemental Security Income - 3/20/2012

The Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI) is Title XVI of the Social Security Act of 1935. The SSI program, like the Social Security Disability Program provides a cash grant for a disabled child or adult. It was enacted in 1972. ...

Old-Age Assistance - 3/20/2012

All states now have an Old-Age Assistance program. All public assistance programs under the Social Security Act must meet certain standard Federal requirements. ...

Evaluation Process for SSI - 3/20/2012

Whether an adult is eligible for disability benefits is determined through a five-step evaluation process. A child's eligibility is determined on the basis of the first three steps. ...

Unemployment Insurance - 2/21/2012

Unemployment insurance is primarily a state-administered program. The Social Security Act provides incentives to the individual states to establish state programs which meet certain standards and conditions. ...

Social Security Disability Insurance - 2/21/2012

After six months, if the disability is severe, the worker is eligible to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This social insurance program covers only workers who have worked roughly five of the last ten years and who appear to be totally disabled. ...

Railroad Workers - 2/21/2012

Railroad workers occupy a special and perhaps privileged role in the social security program of the United States. The old-age, death, and disability benefits for railroad workers are co-ordinated with the social security program of old-age, survivors, and disability insurance but at the same time have aspects of private or industrial pension and insurance plans. ...

Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance - 2/21/2012

The largest program under the Social Security Act is Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI). The program has influenced and shaped the philosophy, concepts, and direction of all social security programs in the United States. ...

Old Age Assistance - 2/21/2012

The Social Security Act did not establish a program of old-age assistance; it merely made it possible for a state to receive Federal funds if the state established one. ...

Rehabilitation Counselors - 1/22/2012

Rehabilitation counselors often serve as vocational experts for social security disability hearings. The vocational expert assists the administrative judge in determining the vocational potential of an individual which is a crucial determination in the social security system. If an individual can be considered to be employable, the social security disability benefits are typically denied. ...

Reconsideration of Denied Benefits - 1/22/2012

If the applicant is denied benefits at the initial stage, he or she has the option of appealing that decision within 60 days. The State Disability Determination Service ill re-examine the file, placing it in the hands of a new adjudicator who is unfamiliar with the case. However, there will probably be no further acquisition of evidence at this point. ...

How a Disability Claim is Processed - 1/22/2012

In 1935, Congress passed the Social Security Act. The Act also provided for a Social Security Board which would later be replaced by the Social Security Administration. ...

History of Social Security in the United States - 1/22/2012

In the United States, the Social Security Act of 1935 marks the founding of the welfare state. An accomplishment of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, the act was a response to the Great Depression yet was rooted in various social movements that had developed earlier in the century. ...

Appeals Council - 1/22/2012

The last level of administrative review available to the claimant is the Social Security Appeals Council (AC). Any claimant denied benefits at the hearing level may appeal to the AC within 60 days of receiving notice of the ALJ's decision. ...

Social Security Survivors' Benefits - 12/21/2011

Nearly all older widows and widowers are eligible to receive social security pensions. Spouses aged 60 and over and divorced spouses of workers covered under Social security may be eligible for aged widow(er)'s benefits upon the death of the worker. The benefits generally range between 71.5 percent and 100 percent of the "primary insurance amount" (PIA) plus delayed retirement credits where applicable. ...

Social Security Retirement Benefits - 12/21/2011

Workers born before 1938 are eligible for full retirement benefits, 100 percent of the "primary insurance amount" (PIA), at age 65. For all people born after 1959, the full retirement age will be 67. ...

Social Security in Brief - 12/21/2011

The modern Social Security programs are cumulative results of nearly sixty years of legislation, affect all Americans, first as taxpayers and then as beneficiaries. The Social Security Act became law after it was signed by President Roosevelt in August 1935. ...

Social Security and Disability - 12/21/2011

Disability benefits under the Social Security Program are an all-or-nothing proposition. One either receives a full pension, based on average earnings, family composition, and the other factors common to Social Security, or no pension at all. The program is structured in such a way that someone is either totally disabled or not disabled at all. A person cannot get partial payments. ...

Disability under Social Security Program - 12/21/2011

A disabled worker can apply for disability benefits under the social security program. The application process demonstrates just how far an applicant may pursue a disability claim. Such a claim could be for either Social Security Disability Insurance or for Supplemental Security Income. ...

SSI and Institutionalized Persons - 11/21/2011

Institutionalized persons may be eligible for SSI payments. Payment standards and eligibility criteria for institutionalized persons vary by type of institution. Residents of medical institutions may receive SSI payments under certain conditions. ...

History of Social Security System - 11/21/2011

The roots of the current U.S. Social Security system can be traced to the debacle of the Great Depression. In 1928, Herbert Hoover won the presidency by defeating Alfred Smith, the democratic governor of New York State. By 1932 the entire nation was suffering from the great depression. ...

Applying for SSI Benefits for a Child - 11/21/2011

When you apply for SSI benefits for a child, the Disability Determination Service (DDS) in your state will whether the child is disabled as defined under the law. ...

Home Ownership and Supplemental Security Income - 11/21/2011

Besides satisfying income criteria, persons eligible for SSI must meet resource requirements. These requirements prevent persons with large amounts of assets other than a home from receiving SSI payments. ...

Quality of SSA Decisions Deteriorating - 11/21/2011

The quality of decisions by the Social Security Administration is deteriorating. According to Dr. Neil Novin who was working with the SSA until he was fired recently, the SSA is rushing through its decisions. ...

Safety Net for Disabled Workers Wanting to Give Employment a Try. - 10/21/2011

The continuation of Medicare and Medicaid benefits beyond SSI or SSDI eligibility is an important feature of the current incentives to get disabled workers to join the labor force. ...

Incentives to Return to Work - 10/21/2011

The Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI) provides benefits to workers who have been able to make enough contributions through the social security Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax paid on their previous earnings. ...


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