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Choosing Between SSI and SSD - 10/21/2011

The U.S. government provides both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for people who cannot work because they are ill. ...

Applying for Social Security Benefits - 10/21/2011

One of the requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits is that you must have worked at a job that made payments to Social Security out of your gross wages. ...

Social Security and HIV - 10/21/2011

A person suffering from HIV/AIDS can apply for social security benefits. People with HIV/AIDS who meet categorical and financial eligibility criteria may receive cash benefits under various titles of the Social Security Act. ...

What You Should Know About SSDI - 10/2/2011

Once you become disabled, your financial future becomes a blur to you. You may be wondering if there is a solution to help you through this tragedy, and it is. It’s a short-term solution, but any solution is better than none. ...

SSDI Facts You Should Know About - 10/2/2011

If someone told you that a person in their early 20s has a 30% chance of becoming disabled before they even reach their retirement age, would you believe them? It’s true and studies have proven it. SSDI is for individuals who have been plagued with medical conditions that prohibit them from working for at least a year or more. ...

My SSDI Application - 10/2/2011

Since you’ve become disabled, you’ve filled out your application, returned it, and now you’re waiting on a response. You haven’t received one, so you get worried and get up the strength to contact the Social Security office, only to find out that your application is still being processed after so many months. You may be confused and wondering what is happening. Understanding this process can give you the patience needed to handle your situation. ...

Social Security Disability Income and How to Apply - 10/2/2011

Social Security Disability Insurance is a program of the federal government’s Social Security Department under which financial support payments are made to individuals whom some severe physical or mental impairment has made incapable of earning as much as at the substantial gainful activity (SGA) level. ...

Qualifying for SSDI - 10/2/2011

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal social security arrangement that provides financial support to individuals who have some physical or mental disability. There disability must qualify them to receive financial support by the Social Security Administration under the specified criteria. ...

Applying for SSDI Benefits - 10/2/2011

Sometimes life can deal us a really bad hand, but knowing that we have support can always give us a peace of mind. If you’ve been in a car accident, hurt yourself on the job, or acquired any other type of injury that has caused you not to work, then this can be devastating. You may be wondering how you’re going to provide for you and your family. Don’t give up hope just yet. ...

Residual Functional Capacity - 9/22/2011

Residual functional capacity assessments in the Social Security program are a good example of medically based functional limitations. They consider only the most general effect of impairments on a claimant's ability to function and are used only as a component part of the disability determination process; they do not address fully the ability of a claimant to function in the workplace as contemplated in the disability standard. ...

What is Disability? - 9/22/2011

Disability is never a purely medical phenomenon in the sense that the existence of a medical condition necessarily produces disability. A person is disabled from doing something; therefore, eligibility for disability benefits is based more appropriately on a claimant's inability to perform at a designated capacity, usually defined in terms of the capacity to work. ...

Evaluation of Social Security Disability Claims - 9/22/2011

Social Security disability claims may be evaluated up to four times through three levels of administrative review before a final decision is made to deny benefits. The state agencies working under contract with the Social Security Administration make the initial decision and reconsideration of that decision. This is known generally as Disability Determination Services. ...

Appeals Council - 9/22/2011

The last opportunity for administrative review of a Social Security disability decision is at the Social Security Administration's Appeals Council. Approximately twenty members serve on the Council together with an Associate Commissioner for Hearings and Appeals, who serves as chair; the Council sits at the central office of the Office of Hearings and Appeals in Falls Church, Virginia. ...

Administrative Hearing - 9/22/2011

After receipt of an adverse reconsideration decision, a claimant can request a de novo hearing before an administrative law judge at a local office of the Social Security Administration's Office of Hearings and Appeals. The first important function of the hearing office staff is to assess the completeness of the factual record sent up by the Disability Determination Services. ...

The Application for Social Security Disability - 9/6/2011

If you are looking to apply for a new social security card or for a replacement social security card or changing or correcting the information on a social security record, the first thing you need to do is to fill out the Social Security application. ...

Social Security Disability and The Review Process - 9/6/2011

In order to update the records the Social Security Administration contacts the people who are receiving either Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. ...

The Income Limits of Social Security Disability - 9/6/2011

The monthly benefits provided by the government to individuals who have physical or mental disabilities and are not able to work because of their medical condition comes under Social Security Disability Income. ...

The Taxability of Social Security Disability Income - 9/6/2011

Social Security Disability Insurance is a US Government initiative which provides income supplements to people who are unemployed because of their disability. ...

Children and Social Security Disability - 9/6/2011

The financial support as provided by the government to children suffering from mental or physical disability comes under Social Security Disability for children. ...

Getting Social Security Disability - 9/6/2011

Form filling, application filing, visits to local Social Security offices, visits to doctors and answering claim representative’s questions are some of the many tasks one needs to do while applying for Social Security Disability. Here are a few things that will help you out. ...

Sequential Evaluation - 8/22/2011

The Administration is required to evaluate a claimant's impairment against the Listing in every case that reaches the third step of the sequential evaluation process. ...

Proving Disability for Social Security - 8/22/2011

A Social Security claimant can prove disability by meeting specified criteria set out for identified physical and mental impairments in the Social Security Administration's Listing of Impairments. Until recently Spouse's Disability Benefits and child's Supplemental Security Income claimants had to meet the criteria in the Listing. ...

Medical Personnel - 8/22/2011

All disability determinations are based to some extent on medical evidence. Although a number of different disability benefit standards operate under federal law, they all require that claimants demonstrate an underlying medical condition as the source of their disability. ...

Listing of Impairments - 8/22/2011

Social Security Administration's Listing of Impairments includes two parts, one used primarily for adult claimants and the other primarily for claimants under eighteen years of age. Both parts are divided into thirteen sections, each of which covers a different major body system. ...

How the SSA Deals With a SSDI Application - 8/22/2011

Claimants must file their applications for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits at local offices of the Social Security Administration. The formal application requires that claimants identify the medical basis of their disability and state how their impairments affect their ability to perform work and participate in daily activities. ...

When to Apply for Social Security Disability Income - 8/5/2011

Those who apply for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) are those who have become impaired or disabled, either through an accident, injury, illness or mental or physical disabilities and are no longer able to work. When applying for SSDI, it is critical to apply immediately upon finding out that you have become disabled for any reason. ...

SSDI and Your Credibility Obligations - 8/5/2011

Applying for SSDI is a very long process that can take years to get to the point where you are brought before the judge to hear your case. Even though you have all of your paperwork in order, the doctors have agreed that you are disabled and unable to work to a degree of providing financially for yourself and you have followed all of the rules and processes required, you still must pass one of the toughest tests so far. ...

SSDI and Medicare Benefits Combined - 8/5/2011

Many people are eligible for both Medicare and SSDI benefits without even realizing it. Medicare is a federal insurance program that offers health insurance to people aged sixty-five and over. SSDI (Social Security Disability Income) benefits are awarded to those who cannot work due to mental or physical disabilities and injuries. ...

SSDI and Holding a Part-Time Job - 8/5/2011

To say that the SSDI process is extremely long is an understatement in the extreme. Many people have waited or have been waiting a couple of years or more for a decision. Finances dwindle down to nothing and for many the thought of going back to work seems inevitable because they have exhausted every financial avenue possible just to exist. ...

Facts that Are Not Well Known about SSDI - 8/5/2011

The Social Security Disability program is in place so that when workers that are tax payers do become disabled they have some type of safety net to fall back on. There is a lot of confusion about this program and many think that they have to qualify for benefits based on their income and this is not necessarily the case. ...

About SSDI Income Limitations - 8/5/2011

Those who have severe mental or physical medical conditions can receive SSDI because of their inability to hold down a job. To qualify for Social Security Disability Income, you must not be able to hold down a job and collect benefits at the same time. ...

Knowing When to Hire a SSDI Lawyer - 6/22/2011

Dealing with the Social Security Administration can be very stressful and perplexing. It is difficult to fill out the forms, to get in touch with a live person, and to get the correct documentation together. ...

Common Mistakes Made During the SSDI Process - 6/22/2011

You are in the majority if you have filed for SSDI and been denied. Although the statistics state that you will more likely than not get denied during the first round of the application process it still can be very discouraging. ...

SSDI Benefit Requirements for Degenerative Disc Disease - 6/22/2011

The Social Security Administration has a specific set of rules and regulations for applicants that have conditions that affect the back - specifically degenerative disc disease. ...

What to Expect from a SSDI Appeal - 6/19/2011

The first thing that you need to do is file a request for reconsideration. This step is done prior to advancing to the appeal stage. ...

How SSDI Determines your Eligibility - 6/19/2011

The very first thing that the Social Security Administration looks at is the severity of your medical condition to decide if you may be eligible for benefits. If it is not, then it is denied immediately and you will receive a letter. ...

Social Security Disability vs. Supplemental Security Income - 6/12/2011

The difference between the two programs makes it possible for everyone to apply for benefits when they cannot work due to a disability. The process for either program can be lengthy and frustrating but when you cannot work and need some financial relief these are good options to fall back on. ...

Depression and Social Security Disability - 5/30/2011

Many people out there suffer from depression – you may be one of them. Sometimes it gets so severe that it will even prevent you from even being able to work. If you are in that situation what can you do? ...

How to Speed Up the Social Security Disability Application Process - 5/30/2011

In order to speed up the process you need to show that you have a significant hardship. The problem is that most people who are applying for SSDI have a financial hardship so you need to have a need that is above everyone else’s. ...

3 Tips to Help You Win Your Social Security Disability Case - 5/29/2011

Applying for Social Security Disability can be one of the most frustrating processes there is. It is tedious, time consuming, and you are already in a very difficult situation because you can’t work and most of the time this greatly affects your financial situation. ...

Understanding the Social Security Disability Process - 5/7/2011

If you find that you are in a situation where you can no longer work because of an injury or a condition that you are suffering from get the process started and get a good lawyer to help you along. ...

Can You Return to Work and Still Collect SSDI Benefits? - 3/1/2011

The Social Security Administration provides disabled individuals with a Trial Work Period (TWP) for up to nine months to allow them to test their ability to return to the work force. ...

Can I Get Someone to Represent Me If My SSDI Application Is Denied? - 3/1/2011

It is your right to select any qualified person to represent your claim. You can even have more than one person act as your representative. There are restrictions, however, like you can’t choose a person that has been previously disqualified by the Social Security Administration as a representative. ...

SSDI for Self-Employed - 2/21/2011

If you are self-employed, can you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)? The answer is yes. However, qualifying for SSDI requires you pass one of two tests to determine your eligibility. ...

Social Security: Disability vs. Retirement - 2/3/2011

Many people out there do not realize that there are three different benefit programs available today ran by the Social Security Administration. These programs are for individuals who are of retirement age, who have a permanent disability, or a disability that is expected to last for at least one year. ...

Appealing the Social Security Disability Denial Decision - 2/2/2011

If you recently received a denial letter from the Social Security Administration for your Social Security Disability (SSDI) application you are not alone. It is estimated that between 70% to 75% of all first time applicants are denied. The good news is that over half of those denials are later approved through an appeal. ...

Social Security Disability: Most Common Reasons for Denial - 2/2/2011

With the economical situation being what it is today, the number of applications for Social Security Disability (SSDI) is on the rise. In turn, the number of denials is on the rise as well. So, if you have a legitimate claim for benefits how can you ensure that you will receive the benefits that you deserve in a timely manner? ...

Appealing the Social Security Disability Denial Decision - 2/2/2011

If you recently received a denial letter from the Social Security Administration for your Social Security Disability (SSDI) application you are not alone. It is estimated that between 70% to 75% of all first time applicants are denied. ...

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for SSDI - 2/1/2011

There are 6 mistakes individuals often make when applying for Social Security Disability (SSDI). Knowing what these mistakes are will help you to avoid committing them through your own application process, therefore, increasing the probability of getting approved much faster. ...

Social Security Disability Requirements - 2/1/2011

Many programs that the government has to offer are associated with having confusing qualification and complicated requirements. Social Security Disability (SSDI) is no exception to the rule. Applying for SSDI can be down right overwhelming. To help navigate your way through all of this confusion here are a few clarifications on the Social Security Disability requirements. ...

What is Social Security Disability? - 2/1/2011

Social Security Disability (SSDI) was created by the government in the 1950’s in order to help individuals who could not maintain regular, full-time employment due to a physical or mental disability. Although SSDI was started with good intentions there are some very serious problems with this program. ...

Young people benefitting from Social Security advice - 9/8/2009
Chris Robideaux
Many young workers are still unconvinced that adequate retirement planning is necessary at their age. "I'm not retirement age, and I'm not disabled, so why should I be thinking about Social Security?" This response comes from a 32-year old man when asked about his future. ...

Rise in disabled workers seeking benefits showing no signs of slowing - 9/8/2009
Chris Robideaux
Applications for Social Security disability benefits rose more than 17 percent in the first quarter, according to Allsup. There are 7.4 million people receiving disability benefits that average $1,063 a month, according to the Social Security Administration’s most recent data. ...

If you're retirement age with dependents, you could claim additional benefits - 9/1/2009
Chris Robideaux
You could receive additional benefits if you're retired with minor children. It’s becoming more and more common for older people to have minor children in their care— whether by having their own children, taking over the care of grandchildren or adopting children who need responsible parents. ...

Man who posed as dead man convicted of Social Security disability fraud - 8/31/2009
Chris Robideaux
James William Barber was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon in Coweta Judicial Circuit Superior Court in Carrollton to one year of imprisonment for identity fraud. ...

Cost of living increase adjustment may be absent from Seniors' Social Security checks - 8/27/2009
Chris Robideaux
In yet another blow to retiring Americans, there's a good chance there won't be a cost of living increase for seniors who collect social security, and that has some questioning their own security. ...

Are you eligible to collect your ex-spouse's benefits? - 8/24/2009
Chris Robideaux
It's as much a hot button issue as it has ever been. Social Security disability and retirement benefit is a crucial part of your financial and future well being. You might be asking --How do I qualify for benefits as a divorced spouse? ...

Certain disabled children now eligible for Medicare - 8/20/2009
Chris Robideaux
We usually think of age 65 as the point Medicare enters the picture, though that picture is now changing to include children. Indeed, there are 38 million people who have Medicare because they are age 65 or older. But there are an additional 7 million adults who qualify for Medicare through they are not yet 65. ...

Disability benefits check disappears for man declared dead - 8/19/2009
Chris Robideaux
In a story we hope is the last of its kind, but has happened before, a Bakersfield man is fighting to get his disability payments after he was somehow declared dead. James Evans' disability benefit check was taken back out of his bank account, setting off a nightmare he's not sure will soon be over. ...

The Straight Stuff About Your Child and Their Social Security Benefits - 8/18/2009
Chris Robideaux
If you have a son or daughter who is turning 18 soon, and are they collecting monthly Social Security benefits, then please continue reading. Will your son or daughter nearing adulthood be returning to high school this fall? If so, then you may have a bit of homework yourself before they return to school. ...

New Social Security Project Entails $24 Million For Electronic Health Data Gathering - 8/13/2009
Chris Robideaux
The Social Security Administration has announced the launching of a program that will collect comprehensive information regarding citizens' health histories and details, where pertains to those applying for disability benefits. ...

Benefit Lawsuit Settled By Social Security Agency For $500 Million - 8/13/2009
Chris Robideaux
The already beleaguered Social Security Administration has agreed to pay a total of $500 million to 80,000 people whose benefits were wrongly withheld by a federal program intended to deny payments to those fleeing arrest, the National Senior Citizens Law Center said. ...

Wisconsin woman sues lawyer for failing to prosecute her disability claim - 8/11/2009
Chris Robideaux
A Wisconsin woman is blaming (and suing) her former lawyer for the dismissal of her social security disability claim, having filed a complaint Aug. 3 in Madison County Circuit Court against Evan J. Beatty. ...

Your private disability coverage not affected by Social Security disability benefits - 8/10/2009
Chris Robideaux
If you become disabled and have a private policy, would it reduce your Social Security disability benefit? No. Your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits is not affected by any private insurance you may have. ...

Securing disability insurance makes more sense than ever - 8/7/2009
Chris Robideaux
The U.S. Census Bureau in the year 2000 reported that nearly 20% of the population was suffering some type of long-lasting medical condition or disability. A separate study reported that the chance of a 20-year-old worker becoming disabled before retirement is 3 in 10. ...

Short-term medical conditions meet Social Security definition of disability - 8/6/2009
Chris Robideaux
The definition of disability only requires that the individual demonstrate an inability to perform full-time work (full-time work is referred to as “substantial gainful activity” in the definition), according to the Social Security Administration. ...

Recession causes surge in Social Security disability benefit claims - 8/4/2009
Chris Robideaux
Social Security officials say they expect an even larger spike in new disability claims than they had predicted, as aging, sick baby boomers opt out of the work force in search for "safety net" income. ...

Certain Illnesses May Now Help Speed Up Your Social Security Disability Claim Process - 8/3/2009
Chris Robideaux
When your Social Security Administration statement arrives in the mail each year, it tells you how much money you are eligible for, should you become disabled. Now it may tell you exactly what diseases or chronic injuries will allow you to move up in line for faster qualification. ...

Certain Illnesses May Now Help Speed Up Your Social Security Disability Claim Process - 8/3/2009
Chris Robideaux
Can you qualify for an expedited Social Security disability claim? When your Social Security Administration statement arrives in the mail each year, it tells you how much money you are eligible for, should you become disabled. Now it may tell you exactly what diseases or chronic injuries will allow you to move up in line for faster qualification. ...

Doctors do not directly determine your Social Security status - 7/31/2009
Chris Robideaux
Certain factors are weighed in the Social Security Administration's(SSA) decision-making process of determining disability. ...

Are workers' comp and disability payments lowering your Social Security benefits? - 7/30/2009
Chris Robideaux
Whether you are currently, or may be receiving disability payment from workers’ compensation and/or another public disability payment in the future, these could reduce your and your family’s Social Security benefits. ...

Your Social Security retirement benefits can start at various ages - 7/28/2009
Chris Robideaux
You can get a reduced retirement benefit program as early as age 62. The 1983 Social Security Amendments raised the full retirement age beginning with people born in 1938 or later from 65 to 67. ...

Americans' Wait for Social Security Disability Benefit Claim Hearings Inexcusably Long - 7/21/2009
Chris Robideaux
Mainstream media is even weighing in on the fact that America's wait for quality long term health care and disability benefits is inexcusable. Katie Couric's CBS News special report on the snails' pace of even getting a Social Security Disability claims hearing pointed out the problem in 2008, but the problem remains. ...

Insurance Policies that Promise Guaranteed Long Term Disability Care Questionable - 7/21/2009
Chris Robideaux
The prospect of almost any American being able to receive quality long term health care or disability coverage is now seemingly an evaporating illusion. ...

Medical Vocational Allowances Important Social Security Disability Determination - 7/16/2009
Chris Robideaux
In this article, we will be examining the criteria for making Social Security disability claims more closely. This will help you better able to gauge exactly where you might stand amidst some of the more confusing aspects of the claims process. ...


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