Benefits for Family Members of Disabled People

One of the most important aspects of Social Security disability benefits is payments to qualified family members. It is also one of the important distinctions between SSI and Social Security disability: only workers who have paid taxes into the system are eligible for full family coverage. A family member may be eligible for a monthly […]

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Social Security Funding is Secure

The Social Security Board of Trustees recently released its 76th annual report to Congress on the financial status of the Social Security trust funds. Workers earn their Social Security benefits by contributing through deductions from their paychecks. The Social Security trust funds include the Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) fund, which pays benefits to […]

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What we’ll do for you as your Representative

You may have a representative, such as an attorney, help you when you do ny business with Social Security. SOcial Security will work with us, the same as it would with you after you designate us as your representative. For your protection, in most situations, your representative can’t charge or collect a fee from you […]

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What Happens to Disability Benefits at Retirment Age?

If I get Social Security disability benefits and I reach full retirement age, what happens to my benefits? Will I then receive my retirement benefits? Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries become full retirement age. If you’re receiving Social Security disability benefits, your disability benefits automatically convert to retirement […]

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VA to Revisit ALl 2007-2015 Traumatic Brain Injury Cases

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has granted equitable relief to more than 24,000 Veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) medical examinations conducted in connection with disability compensation claims processed between 2007 and 2015. This action by the Secretary allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to offer new TBI examinations […]

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What are SSI and Social Security Disablity (SSDI?)

The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. While both of these programs offer cash benefits for people with disabilities, the eligibility requirements for each are different, although the medical disability standards are the same. What Is SSDI? SSDI is funded through payroll taxes. To […]

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Side Effects of Meds are a Symptom

People with disabilities are necessarily on medications to manage their symptoms. Often these medications have side-effects that are nearly as troublesome as the original disease, but are necessary for lessening or containing the illness – think of chemotherapy. Many have side effects such as fatigue and confusion. Side-effects of prescribed medications are actual “symptoms” that […]

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How Much are Disability Benefits?

Since SSDI benefits are based on your work record, they are generally comparable to your Social Security retirement benefit, had you been able to work until retirement. If you know your entire earnings history, you can input it into this calculator in order to get an estimate of what your disability benefit would be. Better […]

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What is Acceptable Medical Evidence?

Social Security issued a ruling about ten years ago about “acceptable medical evidence,” considerably broadening the scope of proof allowed in a disability case claim. This has always been a problematic area in Social Security law – particularly for the many patients who receive much of their care from nurse practitioners or physicians’ assistants or […]

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