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Can My Social Security Benefits Be Garnished for Debt?

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When you have creditors after you for getting behind on your bills, it can be very intimidating and overwhelming. Therefore it is important to understand your rights. Creditors who are looking to collect money from you are generally unable to garnish your Social Security disability benefits, whether it is Social Security Disability (SSD)or SSI (Supplemental…

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Are Social Security Disability Benefits Taxed?

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With tax season around the corner, you may be wondering if your disability benefits can be taxed. It is important to know that although Michigan imposes a state income tax, it has made Social Security benefits fully exempt from tax liability. In addition, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not taxed. However, you still may be…

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How Long Must You Wait Before Applying for Disability Benefits?

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People may think that before applying for disability benefits, you need to be disabled for a specific period of time and wait to apply. But that’s’ not the truth. Let’s take a closer look at when you can apply for benefits, and why waiting to apply can actually be harmful. When Can You Apply? There…

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What Does a Partially Favorable Decision Mean?

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When there are certain questions or disagreements surrounding when your disability began, or how long it is expected to last, you may find yourself receiving what is known as a partially favorable decision. But what exactly does that mean? There are two different types of partially favorable decisions. The first type is for a closed…

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If My Condition Gets Worse, Will My SSD Benefits Increase?

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In order to be approved for Social Security Disability benefits, your condition, or a variety of conditions, must meet the SSA’s strict definition of disability. If you are approved for SSD benefits, the Social Security Administration considers that you are 100% disabled. But what happens if your condition gets worse? Would your disability benefits change?…

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What Can Cause Your SSD Benefits to be Stopped?

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Winning Social Security Disability Benefits is a major milestone for those who are disabled. However, once awarded, it is important to keep in mind they are not guaranteed forever. In fact, there are certain factors that could lead to their termination. Let’s take a closer look. Your Medical Condition Improves SSD is designed for those…

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Medicare and Medicaid for Disability Benefits Recipients

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You may have questions about what health insurance can receive if you are approved for disability benefits. Overall, disabled individuals who have been approved to receive Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits are also entitled to receive Medicare. Those approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are entitled to receive Medicaid. When Do You Start Receiving…

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What is a Technical Denial of Social Security Disability Benefits?

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A technical denial, sometimes called a “non-medical denial,” means that an applicant was denied Social Security disability benefits for a non-medical reason. Social Security has reported that almost half of SSD applicants and a quarter of SSI applicants receive technical denials. The SSA, which will not evaluate your claim for benefits any further, will send…

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Can I Continue to Receive My Benefits After I Go to Prison?

October 24th, 2019

Many disabled Americans depend on their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. But what happens to benefits if someone receiving them is convinced of a crime? Generally speaking, when you go to prison, or another institution for committing a crime, monthly SSDI and SSI payments are unavailable. Additionally, an individual…

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What You Should Know About SSD Benefits and Divorce

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If you and a spouse decide to divorce, this is a major change in your life. In addition to the emotional aspects associated with going through a divorce, you are also forced to make many critical decisions about your future, including your finances. But what happens if a spouse has Social Security Disability benefits? Is…

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