Social Security Announces COLA Increase for 2015

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015. Over than 58 million Social Security disability recipients, retirees, dependents, and survivors will receive the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) beginning with benefits payable in January, while more than 8 million Supplemental Security Income recipients […]

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Same Sex Marriage: How Does it Impact Social Security Benefits?

As the Federal courts rapidly shift policies on gay marriage, it’s important to note that these unions also create impact on Social Security eligibility. Here’s a valuable link to the Social Security site, with some FAQ’s on same sex marriage and civil unions. https://faq.ssa.gov/link/portal/34011/34019/ArticleFolder/452/Same-Sex-Couples

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Keep Disability Safety Net, Allow Work

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi has written a thoughtful article calling for the reform of the disability system to all benefit recipient to work part time and keep their benefits. As many would agree, the current system has disincentives to working. She is the president of www.RespectAbilityUSA.org ..”In keeping a solid safety net for those who need […]

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Quandary of Unemployment Benefit and Disability Claims

There is a quandary in applying for federal Social Security disability benefits while also signing up for state unemployment insurance. On the one hand, a Social Security disability applicant, to be eligible, is claiming that any kind of work is impossible. On the other hand, asking for unemployment insurance means swearing that the applicant is […]

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Dozen Biggest Mistakes Claimants Make!

We call this the THE DIRTY DOZEN! It’s a list of a dozen of the most ccommon mistakes made in applying for benefits: 1. Not applying soon enough. 2. Taking ‘no’ for an answer – not appealing a denial. 3. Taking ‘yes’ for an answer – accepting a late onset date and thus reducing the […]

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Social Security Claimants and Private Disability Insurance

People with disabling conditions are often overwhelmed by dealing with multiple insurance programs, including applications for Social Security disability. Anyone who has recent work experience may also be applying for long or short-term disability payments through employers. In recent years, disability insurance companies have become more cost-conscious, and more adversarial in their dealings with people […]

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Four Things to Know About Social Security Disability

The Finance page of AOL has a great article explaining the need for and process to disability benefits from Social Security! “Tens of millions of people rely on Social Security benefits, with the vast majority of those payouts going to retirees and their families. But of the roughly 59 million Americans who’ll receive Social Security […]

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Disability Benefits Confusing at Best!

The Motley Fool web site always has great articles – check this one about disability benefits! Social Security — the social insurance program designed to provide financial security to lower-income retired workers, survivors of deceased workers, and the disabled — can be a critical source of income for millions of individuals in the U.S. But […]

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Literacy Can Be a Factor in Disability Claim

Social Security looks beyond physical and metal impairments to consider include a person’s age, education, and work experience. A little-known factor in this arena are the claimant’s literacy level and English proficiency. Generally, an illiterate person has had little or no formal schooling, but educational does not necessarily assure literacy competence. Consider also whether a […]

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Divorced Spouses Have Claim to Social Security Benefits

If you are divorced, even if you have remarried, your ex-spouse may qualify for disability or retirement benefits based on your record. If your ex-spouse will also receive a pension based on work not covered by Social Security, such as government or foreign work, his or her Social Security benefit on your record may be […]

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