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COLA Announced at 1.3% for 2021

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People with disabilities who receive SSDI or SSI will soon see their payments increase. 72 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients will see a 1.3% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to their monthly benefits beginning January 1st, 2021, an increase even smaller than last year’s. In 2021, the monthly federal SSI payment standard will be…

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How Does Marriage Affect Social Security Disability?

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Social Security decisions become more complicated for married couples, especially if one spouse earned much more than the other and is entitled to more benefits. Each spouse has a choice: take benefits on their own earnings record or the spouse’s record. Whether getting married will stop or lower your disability benefits depends on whether you’re…

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5 Social Security Disability Benefits Myths

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Often people have excuses for putting off doing a task. This can be relatively harmless in certain areas of life, but not when it comes to prolonging applying for disability benefits. Perhaps these 5 myths may be the exact same reasons that you are not applying. By believing these myths, you could be missing out…

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Applying for Disability Benefits with COPD

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Living with certain diseases can make many aspects of your life much more difficult. One such example is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly referred to as COPD. COPD is a series of lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, that impact air intake and affect your ability to breathe, also causing damage to your…

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What Common Musculoskeletal Disorders Can Qualify for SSD?

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The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Blue Book, which lists conditions and how to evaluate them for purposes of qualifying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, lists various categories under which conditions are divided. One such category is the musculoskeletal system. Although the Blue Book includes a list of recognized musculoskeletal disorders, it is not enough…

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Once You’re Approved for SSD Benefits: What Happens Next?

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You’ve done everything the right way and are relieved to receive your disability award letter in the mail. But what does this mean? And what happens next? When the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves your application and you qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the SSA will send you an award letter, which outlines…

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What Questions Should I Ask Before Hiring an SSD Lawyer?

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When you have a disability that prevents you from working, receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can help. But with the application and appeals process being complicated, you don’t want to waste your time trying to figure it out yourself, only to have your claim rejected. That’s where an SSD lawyer can come in.. But…

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Can I Receive SSD Benefits for Schizophrenia?

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Schizophrenia, a serious, psychotic mental disorder, can impact your life drastically as do so many visible illnesses. It can make it very difficult to control your behavior, distinguish delusions or hallucinations from reality, think logically, and even interact socially in a normal manner. A Spectrum Disorder However, schizophrenia is also known as a “spectrum” disorder…

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Is a Divorced Spouse Eligible for Survivor Benefits?

Picture of a couple sitting with attorney signing divorce papers June 18th, 2020

For many survivors, their spouse’s benefits can make an impact. These benefits often help to keep them financially afloat. But what about ex-spouses who are divorced from the deceased after years of marriage; do they receive benefits too? Ex-Spouses Married for at Least a Decade Surviving divorced spouses who were married to their husband or…

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5 Steps to Take to Help Cope With Your Disability

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Being diagnosed with a disability can be overwhelming, stressful, and scary to go through. It’s important to know there are actions you can take to help empower yourself. At the same time, it’s also crucial to reach out for the support you need. Here are some outlets for managing your disability and moving forward with…

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