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What Updates Can I Expect in The Disability Hearing Process?

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When faced with a denied disability claim, you have the right to appeal the decision in a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (or ALJ). However, there are essential steps of the decision-making process to consider before and after the date of your hearing, all with different statuses. Keeping track of these statuses alone can…

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Can You Receive SSD and SSI Benefits At The Same Time?

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In certain situations, applicants may qualify for both SSDI (Social Security Disability) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) benefits, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider it as “concurrent benefits.”  Two significant similarities that these benefits both share are they have the same standards for disability, and the SSA both administers them. However, being eligible…

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“Invisible” Disabilities to Consider for Disability Benefits 

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Often, when you mention the word “disability” to somebody, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is a wheelchair. After all, a wheelchair user is a universal symbol of disability nearly everywhere. Unfortunately, many people’s disabilities and chronic health issues are invisible and go unnoticed, but they are still severely limiting. According to…

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Questions to Expect At Your Disability Hearing

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If your SSD benefits are denied, you should request an appeal with a skilled disability benefits lawyer, which will require a a hearing. At a hearing, you and your lawyer will be communicating with an Administrative Law Judge (or ALJ) to support your case. You must do this alongside an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer…

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Could Major Life Changes Affect My Disability Benefits?

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A lot can happen in a year, or two, or three, and beyond. Significant life changes have the potential to change the entire course of your life, and if you are receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)  benefits, it may change your status of eligibility. It is your legal obligation to…

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Are SSI Recipients Automatically Qualified For Medicaid?

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Both adults and children receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for their disability or blindness are technically eligible to receive Medicaid, but whether or not they’ll automatically receive it depends where they reside. SSI and Medicaid are programs intended to provide financial assistance to those who are not able to perform Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) for…

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Cost-of-Living Adjustment Announced For 2022

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The Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) was recently announced, and recipients for Social Security Benefits will expect to receive a 5.9% increase in 2022. This increase includes those who receive disability and retirement benefits from the SSA.  As the highest COLA increase since 1982, this is a historical increase. The average COLA increase percentage over the past…

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What You Should Know About The SSI Restoration Act

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) was established in 1974 as a lifeline for children, elderly, blind, and disabled Americans in need of assistance. However, for more than 30 years, no progressive changes have been made to the asset or income limits to be eligible for the program, which is a safety net for millions. These guidelines…

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How Long Does It Take To Receive Back Pay?

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What is SSD Back Pay? Social Security Disability (SSD) back pay are the benefits you were entitled to as you filed for Social Security Disability benefits, but were either initially denied or there was a delay in approval by the Social Security Administration (SSA). In most cases, it begins when someone files an appeal following…

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What Respiratory Disorders Qualify for Disability Benefits?

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If your respiratory disorder makes it impossible for you to work, you may be able to get the benefits you need to support yourself and your family. Common Lung Diseases and Breathing Problems for Disability Claims The Social Security Administration’s Blue Book includes medical conditions that the SSA considers disabling. However, having a condition in…

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