Child Support from Disability Recipents?

This article about child support gives a great explanation: If your former spouse is receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and is the payor of child support, it is important to know that your child is also eligible for certain benefits – known as SSD Dependency Benefits – and that they will have an effect […]

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Is Citizenship Required for Social Security Disability or Retirement Benefits?

Is U.S. citizenship is required to receive disability benefits?Many believe that American citizenship is needed to receive Social Security benefits. But that’s not true. Resident aliens (or “green card” holders) may qualify to receive Social Security payments, as long as they meet some additional guidelines, such as having 10 years of work in the U.S. […]

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Minefields in the Application Process

Here is a great Motley Fool article about very common pitfalls during application for Social Security benefits. These three writers detail conditions that can impede eligibility: 1. Working too much – or too little; 2. Misunderstanding the definition of disability, and 3. Getting tangled up in the confusing “waiting period.” Read on here for good […]

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Can You Lose Disability Benefits Once Established?

Social Security is a safety net for millions of Americans, either for retirement, disability or for the survivors of a qualified deceased family member. But there are situations when those benefits can be cut off or curtailed. Owing the government money — even for student loans — is one trigger. While commercial creditors can’t garnish […]

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How Do you Qualify for Disability Benefits?

The Social Security disability program is America’s safety net. It includes the so-called “regular’ disability program (SSDI), the program that calculates benefits based on a work record within the past five years. It also includes Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for people with no appreciable earnings record. To qualify for either, you must have an impairment […]

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Wounded Warriors Have Expedited Claims Process

Wounded military service members can receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability claims. For example, Social Security will provide expedited processing of disability claims filed by veterans who have a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent & Total. Depending on the situation, some family members of military personnel, such […]

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Family Members are Eligible for Disability Benefits

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 Disability and SSI Payment Amounts for 2015

Social Security disability payments are quite modest! At the beginning of 2015, Social Security paid an average monthly disability benefit of $1,165. That is barely enough to keep a beneficiary above the 2014 poverty level ($11,670 annually). For many beneficiaries, their monthly disability payment represents most of their income. Even these modest payments can make […]

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National Cancer Survivors’ Day

In 2015, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer. This alarming statistic affects people and families all over the world. On June 7, we join Social Security to observe National Cancer Survivors Day. In support of this day, Social Security encourages checkups, early detection and awareness, while honoring the survivors who have […]

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