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Tips for Using Social Media to Protect Your Privacy

Cell phone with social media apps displayed September 16th, 2019

Most of us have some form of social media. We use it to express our feelings, stay in touch with loved ones, remember birthdays and events, and share images. But one way in which it can be used may just surprise you. The federal government may use it to monitor if you are eligible for…

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What is the Difference Between Back Pay and Retroactive Benefits?

sand in hourglass and cash on table August 29th, 2019

When you are approved for SSD benefits, you may be eligible for two separate forms of past due payments. But what are the differences between them? Let’s take a closer look. What is Back Pay? Back pay is benefits that are due to you from the time you applied for disability to the time you…

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How Much Will I Receive Each Month in SSD Benefits?

Social Security card and money August 27th, 2019

If you are approved for SSD benefits, the amount of money you receive will be based on the average of your lifetime earnings before your disability started. These are referred to as covered earnings, which you paid Social Security taxes on. How Does the SSA Calculate Benefits? The SSA uses an equation that takes into…

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SSA Hiring Freeze May Contribute to Increased Backlog in Disability Cases

stacks of paperwork August 13th, 2019

The Social Security Administration recently announced a hiring freeze, which could increase the backlog in Social Security Disability cases. Andrew Saul, the new SSA Commissioner, announced the freeze on July 31, and the notice stated the freeze was enacted in an effort to help improve hearings and field office wait times. The freeze affects all…

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Americans with Disabilities Act: 29th Anniversary

Americans with Disabilities Act booklet July 26th, 2019

29 years ago today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), was passed, which marked a major milestone in protecting the rights of those with disabilities. It is regarded as one of the most robust pieces of civil rights legislation. What Did the ADA Establish? The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities…

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Do’s and Don’ts of Social Security Disability Video

Do's and Don'ts Video Frame July 24th, 2019

Applying for Social Security Disability can be a complicated process.  If you or a relative or friend is considering applying for benefits, you may be wondering what you should do to have the best outcome. There’s a lot involved in the process, and many tips and steps to remember. To help simplify this, we’ve created…

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How Did the Social Security Disability Program Begin?

people lined up forming disability symbol July 16th, 2019

Nearly 63 years ago, the Social Security Disability Insurance program was signed into law. But how did we get there? In honor of the upcoming anniversary of the program’s passage, we take a look at how it all began. The Creation of Social Security  U.S. social workers and social scientists advocated for insurance that would…

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What Are Compassionate Allowances?

People clasping hands together June 27th, 2019

The Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances program helps quickly identify disability applicants who have extremely severe medical conditions in an effort to reduce wait times. According to the SSA, a variety of organizations and experts were consulted to determine which conditions are considered to be Compassionate Allowances. These sources include The National Institutes of Health,…

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How Do You Know if Your Condition is Eligible for SSD?

middle aged woman looking pensive June 19th, 2019

You or a loved one may have a debilitating condition that affects your mental and/or physical health, and like many, you may be wondering if you are eligible for disability benefits. But how do you know if your medical condition is considered a disability by the Social Security Administration (SSA)? The answer can be a…

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Investigation Requested into Doctors Paid to Review SSD Applications

doctor reviewing paperwork June 7th, 2019

The chairman of a Congressional Ways and Means Subcommittee has requested a federal investigation into the process under which states hire doctors to review applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. U.S. Representative John Larson of Connecticut has formally requested the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal government’s fiscal watchdog, investigate how doctors…

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