Social Security Disability

12 New Conditions Added to the Compassionate Allowances Program

The Social Security Administration has added Adult Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Choroid Plexus Carcinoma (CPC), Desmoplastic Mesothelioma, Congenital Zika Syndrome, Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma (RHL), Pericardial Mesothelioma, Renpenning Syndrome, SYNGAP1-related NSID, Charlevoix Saguenay Spastic Ataxia, CIC-rearranged Sarcoma (CRS), Taybi-Linder Syndrome, and SCN8A Epileptic Encephalopathy to its Compassionate Allowances program. Program Cuts Short Waiting Time The Compassionate Allowances Read More

What Are Countable Resources When Applying for SSI?

Countable resources are things that a person owns that count toward the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) resource limit. If a person’s countable resources exceed the allowable limit at the start of a month, he or she will not receive SSI benefits for that month. There are several things that a person owns that are not Read More

Disability Overhaul: Is Change on the Horizon?

Disability advocates are optimistic that the upcoming $3.5 trillion budget bill could bring the much-awaited updates to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The disability program has remained unchanged for several decades. Pressure to Update the SSI Program Pressure is mounting on Congress to overhaul the entire SSI program in the ongoing reconciliation bill. Some Read More

Impairment-Related Work Expenses in the Spotlight

Impairment-related work expenses (IRWE) are out-of-pocket costs that workers with disabilities incur due to spending money on products and services they need to perform their work duties effectively. Some examples of IRWE include essential medical services and devices, transportation costs, and expenses associated with the acquisition and care of service animals. The Social Security Administration Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About Disability Back Pay

Back Pay is unofficial yet commonly used term for Social Security disability benefits that a claimant would have collected had the Social Security Administration (SSA) approved his or her claim right away. The claimant will collect his or her accumulated Back Pay once he or she gets approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Read More

Disability: the True Cost of COVID19

With the COVID-19 pandemic far into its second year, countries across the world are starting to see its lasting health effects. In March, a UK collaborative group found that 1 in 5 hospitalized COVID-19 patients developed a new disability upon discharge. An extensive US study targeting hospitalized and non-hospitalized individuals found similar effects. Hospitals have Read More

SSDI: What Happens After the Trial Work Period?

Once a disability benefits recipient completes the nine-month trial work period, the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates the recipient’s earnings record to determine if he or she managed to sustain a Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) in that period. In other words, the SSA determines whether the recipient made a gainful living during the trial work Read More

These Signs Indicate Your SSDI May Be Approved

Signs that indicate an applicant may be approved for SSDI include submitting adequate medical proof, demonstrating an inability to work, and having sufficient work credits. Working with a social security attorney may also increase the odds of the applicant qualifying for disability benefits. Submitting Adequate and Convincing Medical Proof A disability benefits claimant can improve Read More

Over 50 and Applying for SSDI? Special Rules May Apply

Special rules for workers above 50 years consider things like age, education level, work experience, transferable skills, and a variety of other relevant factors when determining whether a worker is eligible for disability benefits. Consequently, workers over 50 can often collect disability benefits even if they are still capable of performing some tasks. Understanding Special Read More

What Is an On the Record Disability Decision?

An on-the-record (OTR) decision is a positive determination made by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) before a disability hearing is held. The ALJ examines the medical information in an applicant’s file and rules that he or she is eligible for disability benefits based on the available medical evidence.  In simple terms, the ALJ resolves that Read More