Mythbusters: Social Security Applications

If your health is so severely impaired that you cannot work, you may have considered applying for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI), a federal program designed to provide long-term financial protection for those who’ve paid into the program as working adults. If you’ve been reluctant to apply for SSDI because of horror stories about mountains […]

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SSA Launches a New Blog

Social Security recently launched a new blog, “Social Security Matters,” a new location for engaging with viewers by answering questions and concerns in a more interactive way. It offers the latest Social Security news, such as added features to My Social Security, tips about retirement and other benefits, and more. Think of the blog as […]

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Common Mistakes Applicants Make

More than 37 million Americans — about 12% of the total population — are classified as disabled, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While disability insurance coverage helps many people keep their heads above water until they can go back to work, those suffering from a more severe and ongoing disability have to turn elsewhere […]

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Happy 80th Birthday to Social Security!

Today, the Social Security Administration celebrates its 80th anniversary. On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, landmark legislation that continues to provide hope and protection to some of the most vulnerable members of society. “As Social Security celebrates its 80th anniversary, we remain the underpinning of economic security of […]

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Trustees Report Extends Forecast for Social Security Solvency

The Social Security Trustees Report predicts that the combined Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Trust Funds have sufficient reserves to pay full benefits until 2034. This estimate provides one more year of solvency than was predicted in last year’s Trustees Report. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a core component of our nation’s Social […]

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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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