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What Information Do You Need to Apply For SS Benefits?

When applying for Social Security benefits, there are certain pieces of information that applicants will need to provide, including information about themselves, their medical conditions, and their employment. Individuals who are over the age of 18, are not currently receiving benefits, and who are unable to work because of a long-term medical condition expected to Read More

What is the Compassionate Allowances Program

The Compassionate Allowances program is a way for individuals with disabilities to expedite the application process when seeking Social Security disability benefits. Ordinarily, the process of applying for benefits can be challenging and time-consuming, which can be frustrating and stressful for individuals who are otherwise unable to live healthy lives and return to work. The Read More

What Injuries or Medical Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

There are certain types of injuries and impairments that qualify for either Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The qualifying conditions include physical and mental impairments, and they appear in the listings released by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in what’s known as the blue book. Injuries and Conditions Included in Read More

Coronavirus May Wipe Out SSD COLA

Among many other ways the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the economy, it’s possible that the virus could wipe out Social Security beneficiaries’ checks next year. Social Security Disability (SSD) recipients typically anticipate a potential benefit every year that is referred to as a cost of living adjustment (COLA). However, the increase is based on inflation, Read More

A Guide to SSD and Stimulus Checks

Like millions of other Americans, people who receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits will be able to automatically receive stimulus checks, even if they don’t normally file tax returns. The following is a brief guide for individuals on SSD to help ensure they get their stimulus payments. How the Stimulus Checks Work Starting April 27, Read More

Inability to Speak English No Longer Factor in Determining Disability Benefits

As of April 27, the government no longer takes the inability to speak English into account when making a decision around social security disability benefits.  The change revises a policy that had been in place since 1978 requiring the Social Security Administration (SSA) to consider a person’s inability to speak English when determining whether a Read More

How Your Tax Refund May Impact SSI Eligibility

Typically, the U.S. Social Security Administration won’t consider a taxpayer’s tax refund for twelve months, but the individual may lose Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if he or she earns or possesses too much money following that period. SSI provides monthly payments to help individuals who are either blind, disabled, or elderly. To qualify for SSI, recipients are required Read More

Does Your Child Qualify for Disability?

If children are limited in their ability to function because of a disability, they may qualify for Social Security Income (SSI) disability benefits if they meet certain age, financial, medical, and other Social Security Administration (SSA) requirements.  The following are some of the requirements that are in place for children to receive SSI benefits. Age A child Read More

How Covid-19 May Impact Your Disability Case

The Covid-19 outbreak could impact a Social Security Disability through certain delays, the use of over-the-phone hearings, and office closures. Individuals may be concerned about the effects the pandemic will have on their cases, but despite delays, many operations will resume and certain aspects such as stimulus payments will be unaffected. The following are some Read More

How Does Your Disability Impact Your ADL?

During the application process for Social Security disability, it’s important to inform Social Security of “activities of daily living” (ADLs) in addition to prior work activities, as disability could have an impact on them. The Social Security Administration (SSA) may ask about ADLs as part of a continuing disability report, adult disability report, or an adult Read More