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Baseline Earnings Requirements For Disability

Every year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) conducts a financial review that can affect benefit payment amounts, qualification rules, and other areas of Social Security disability. When a serious medical condition stops you from working, benefits through the SSA’s disability programs can help you get by. Qualifying can sometimes be tricky though, and you may […]

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Unconscionable Delays in Decisions

Joe Stewart applied for benefits in May 2015. He is now trapped in a backlog of 1.1 million claimants with no end in sight. “A death sentence” is how Stewart, who has no health insurance, has come to think of another Social Security denial. For other applicants, the wait itself may be enough to accomplish […]

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How the Disability Program Really Works

Mark Miller, Morningstar columnist and expert on aging and retirement writes: Most people think of Social Security as a retirement benefit, and that’s understandable. Among the 61 million Americans receiving Social Security at the end of 2016, 68%–44.3 million people–were retired. But Social Security’s broad aim is to protect against the risk of lost income […]

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What is a Vocational Expert?

In many disability claims, vocational evidence becomes pivotal. What does this mean, and what can you do if it appears in your claim file? Often vocational information is in a written report from a person who has never seen you, but simply has reviewed the record. After a finding of medical disability, the question becomes […]

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Congessional “Backdoor Assault”on Social Security System

Since they’ve been unsuccessful (thus far) at cutting Social Security benefits, congressional Republicans are continuing to resort to the backdoor assault on the program by starving its administrative budget. In the latest versions of the agency’s budget under consideration in Washington, the House is planning to keep the budget at the same inadequate funding level […]

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Two Year Delays in Disability Claims

Americans seeking Social Security disability benefits face massive administrative backlogs and long wait times. Over a million people are currently waiting for a decision on a disability hearing request. The average processing time for an appeal is 602 days, almost two years. Marketplace reports one family’s experience. Story here!

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Treating Physicians’ Evidence Diminished by New Rules

In the U.S., less than half of all people who apply for disability benefits — about 45 percent — are ultimately accepted, says Lisa Ekman with the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. Getting a hearing takes an average of nearly 600 days. “It is not easy to get disability benefits, and it’s a […]

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