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Can Spousal Income Affect Your Disability Benefits?

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Applying for disability benefits is a complex and lengthy process with many conditions to consider when determining eligibility. One of these conditions considered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) includes marital status and how much your spouse earns to support your household. So, does spousal income affect your eligibility for disability benefits? The answer depends…

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SSA Wait Times for Disability Claim Processing Increases

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If you have applied for disability benefits and are experiencing delays in a decision from the Social Security Administration (SSA), you’re not alone. Social Security wait times have increased over the past several years and have doubled since 2016. The total average processing time for 2024 so far is 225 days, compared to 110 days…

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What Happens to My Benefits When I Reach Retirement Age?

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When you reach retirement age, your Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits will typically convert to Social Security retirement benefits without any additional application required. The amount you receive may stay the same, although it could be recalculated based on your work history and earnings leading up to retirement age. Additionally, while there are set limits…

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The PACE Program: Helping Michigan Seniors

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Aging is an inevitable part of life, and as loved ones grow older, providing them with the proper support becomes essential. The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) offers a comprehensive approach to healthcare and support services for seniors who wish to stay at home while having the option to receive the specialized…

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What to Expect When Your Disabled Child Turns 18

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Turning 18 is a tremendous milestone for anyone, marking the beginning of adulthood in the eyes of the law. For a disabled child, however, it also means significant changes in their eligibility for benefits and role in decision-making. Once your disabled child reaches adulthood, you legally can no longer make decisions for them regarding their…

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What to Know About Social Security Disability Interview Questions

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An interview is a crucial step in your disability benefits application.  This interview is typically conducted by a Social Security Administration (SSA) representative to gather information about your medical condition, work history, and other relevant details. The Social Security Disability interview should be approached carefully, with the guidance of an experienced disability lawyer to present…

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Social Security Administration Announces COLA for 2024: What to Know

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As inflation continues to hike up the prices of consumer goods and living expenses in the U.S., the SSA makes sure its 71 million beneficiaries can still support themselves and their families with the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). This is when the SSA increases checks by a certain percentage to ensure the purchasing power of…

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Top 10 Common Social Security Disability Myths

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When you’ve become disabled and need help, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers numerous programs to provide assistance for yourself and your household. Unfortunately, many myths and false claims could steer an applicant in the wrong direction. Before you file your claim, here’s what you need to know: The Truth About Social Security Disability Myths:…

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How Does Turning 50 Affect Your Disability Benefits?

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Turning 50 is a tremendous milestone for anyone. However, people collecting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) may wonder what this means for their benefits. While the rules for SSD technically do not change when the beneficiary turns 50, here are five ways the SSA considers age and could work in your favor. 1. Age Categories:…

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How Long Does it Take to Get Backpay?

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The Social Security Disability claims process can often be a lengthy process of trial and error. Fortunately, once approved for benefits, you could be eligible for retroactive benefits, also known as backpay.   Could I Get SSD Backpay? Once approved, backpay covers the period between the disability onset date and the application date – when…

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