Archive | Disability Law

Are You Eligible For SSI?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides monthly payments to people who have limited income and few resources. SSI is for people who are 65 or older, AND for those of any age, including children, who are blind or who have disabilities and meet the asset limits. To get SSI, you must: […]

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People Receiving Disability Benefits Can Report Wages Online

Social Security has expanded its online services to allow people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and their representative payees to report wages securely online. This service is available through our existing “my Social Security” portal. Now, it’s faster and easier for SSDI beneficiaries and their representative payees to report wages; they can […]

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Full Use of Hands Needed for Most Jobs

Nearly every job requires full and complete use of the hands. Anyone who has “manipulative limitations” caused by injury or pain needs to be aware that this can be an important component of a disability claim. While more obvious in situations involving a condition such as carpal tunnel syndrome or a specific hand injury, this […]

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COLA for 2018 is 2%, Plus: Average Payment Levels

The Social Security Administration has announced a 2% increase in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 2018. Increased payments to Social Security recipients begin January 1, 2018, while increased payments to SSI recipients begin on December 29, 2017. Other numbers regarding eligibility for disability and average benefits have also changed for 2018. […]

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Social Security’s Budget is Cut Again

For five of the last six years, Congress has cut Social Security’s budget and the current Congress is continuing the pattern. Each year Social Security has to provide services to more retirees, more survivors and more people receiving and seeking disability benefits. The Senate proposal is even worse, calling for a 4%, or $400 million […]

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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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