Social Security Disability

SSA Budget Cuts: Thousands of SSD Applicants Died While Waiting for Hearings

Middle aged woman sitting on bed, looking upset December 12th, 2018

Congressional budget cuts to the Social Security Administration (SSA) over the course of the past eight years have forced the SSA to reduce staff, leading to long wait times and delays in resolving benefit issues. The impacts of the budget cuts are felt sharply by disabled and retired Americans who depend on these benefits to…

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Learn Tips to Improve Your Chances of SSD Approval in Our New Infographic

Michigan Social Security Disability Infographic November 7th, 2018

When you are diagnosed with a disability, your entire life changes. You struggle with the stress of adapting to your condition, and you may worry about how you can afford medical treatment and provide for yourself and your family when you likely will no longer be able to work. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA)…

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Few Alternatives in the Face of SSDI Denials

Older man looking at job ads October 26th, 2018

A new study examined economic outcomes of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applicants denied benefits by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Findings indicate such applicants suffer economic harm and fare poorly in the job market. A detailed article on the findings appears here. Older SSDI applicants denied benefits due to stringent SSA standards go on…

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Claiming SSDI & VA Disability

Veterans Benefits Booklet October 5th, 2018

Some disabled veterans are eligible to receive both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) through the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Disability Benefits through the Veterans Administration (VA) at the same time. A detailed article on the process appears here. About VA & SSDI The VA provides disability benefits to military veterans who were disabled during…

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Utah Man Denied Social Security Disability Insurance in Dispute

Middle-aged man looking upset September 25th, 2018

A former welder from Tremonton, Utah who has applied repeatedly for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits has sought the assistance of local investigative television journalists after receiving multiple letters denying his claim. A detailed article on what the news crew found is available here. A History of Medical Problems Randy Thompson  said he first…

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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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