Social Security Disability

50-62-Year-Olds Aren’t Applying for SSD, Missing Opportunities

50-year-old woman looking out windown on rainy day September 18th, 2018

A significant group of disabled Americans could be missing out on receiving the social security disability (SSD) benefits they deserve, because they don’t think they need to apply. Those who are 50-62-years-old may become disabled, but think that social security disability is not for them. Perhaps they are daunted by the seemingly complicated process or…

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Social Security and Veterans Benefits: Understanding the Differences

Disabled Veteran August 29th, 2018

While both the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provide assistance to American citizens in need, the two agencies differ greatly in scope, intent and procedure. Understanding the differences between the SSA and VBA can save claimants time—and prevent potential headaches. An article on these differences appears here.   Understanding Social…

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Court Ruling, Regulations to Affect SSD Claims

Courtroom August 27th, 2018

The House Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee recently organized a hearing in which witnesses discussed pending changes affecting how the Social Security Administration (SSA) processes claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. A detailed article on the proceedings appears here. The changes are expected to affect the efforts of private disability insurers to…

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Oregon Couple Claims SSA Seeks Repayment of Benefits

Disabled man stressed out after SSD benefits were denied. August 24th, 2018

An older Oregon couple—he with a degenerative muscle disease and she with a rare form of cancer—claim they are now entangled in a battle with the Social Security Administration (SSA) as they battle for their lives. A detailed article on the couple’s claims is available here. Last year, the SSA sent the couple a letter…

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Hearing Loss as Grounds for Social Security Disability

August 14th, 2018

While a simple diagnosis of hearing loss is not itself a qualifying condition to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), applicants may still find themselves eligible for assistance—provided their hearing loss negatively affects their ability to work. A detailed article on the role hearing loss plays in SSD claims…

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Fewer People Qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) Under Tighter Standards

July 25th, 2018

Stricter eligibility standards have led to a decreasing number of new applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits according to the Social Security Administration (SSA). A full article detailing the issue appears here. Last year, fewer than 1.5 Million U.S. citizens applied to the Social Security Administration for SSD benefits—the lowest number of applicants reported…

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Social Security Disability Hearings: Short Staffed, Long Waits

June 19th, 2018

A recent article in the Washington Post attributes the long wait times required for Social Security Disability (SSD) hearing decisions to staffing problems within the Social Security Administration (SSA)—including a low number of judges. The full article is available here. According to the article, the current number of pending hearings is about 986,000—with an average…

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Can You Receive Financial Assistance While Waiting for a SSD or SSI Decision?

SSD application January 22nd, 2018

Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a lengthy process that can take months even years before you begin to receive any type of financial assistance. Making ends meet while waiting for a decision to be made can be challenging and stressful on you and your family. The average…

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Tips to Remember When Applying for Social Security Disability

December 19th, 2017

Applying for Social Security Disability is a hard and stressful process millions of Americans endure each year in hopes to get the benefits they need. It is a complex process that requires multiple forms of evidence, mountains of paperwork and deadlines that must be met. Below are eight tips to help assist individuals who have…

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How Far Back Will Social Security Pay Benefits If I am Found Disabled?

December 5th, 2017

Millions of American’s wait months even years for a hearing in order to determine if they qualify for disability benefits. The average wait time is almost two years and in some cases longer than some will live. The wait process is a long and brutal one for those suffering from a disability and in need…

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