Archive | August, 2013

SSA Tries Alternative Methods of Decision Making

Through the years, the backlog of cases at Social Security has become epic.  There are three levels of determination now in most states.  Experiments have taken place over many years in which the middle or Reconsideration level is eliminated. The Social Security Administration is now extending its tests of two alternative models for the disability […]

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Military Members Eligible for Social Security Disability

We can’t say it too often: a disabled member of the military may be eligible for Social Security disability payments as well as military benefits. While both systems are very challenging to work through to receiving payments, Social Security may morve a little faster, particularly with the new emphasis on streamlining cases for wounded warriors. […]

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Today Is Social Security’s 78th Birthday!

On August 14, 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, giving birth to a program that quickly became a vital support system for the elderly, the disabled and their spouses. Seventy-eight years later, Social Security has changed society and drastically reduced elderly poverty. The program is still healthy today, not projected to run out of money until […]

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Why is Social Security Important?

Social Security is much more than a retirement program. About one in six Americans (56 million) receives a Social Security benefit today. Almost two in five (36 percent) are not retired workers. Social Security provides benefits to young workers and their families if they become disabled, and it provides benefits to the survivors of deceased […]

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When Family Members are Eligible for Disability Benefits?

One of the most important things about Social Security disability benefits is payment to  family members of disabled workers.  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 […]

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Kids with Autism May Qualify for Disability Payments

Autism is a chilling diagnosis, transporting families into a lifetime of treatment options and behavior challenges.  This article is a good summary of factors for obtaining Social Security disability benefits and Medicaid or Medicare  to help with treatment over the years.  The Autism Support Network supplies this valuable info: If your child has been diagnosed […]

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Social Security Will No Longer Use the Term “Mental Retardation”

From the Austin Daily Herald: This week marks a great victory for people with disabilities across the United States! The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced it will no longer use the term “mental retardation” and will instead use “intellectual disability” in its official Listing of Impairments and other regulations. The SSA started this process in […]

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