Social Security Disability Benefits

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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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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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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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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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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Can You Obtain Social Security Disability Benefits for “Invisible Illnesses?”

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Many disabilities are evident just by looking at someone. When someone sees clues that another person has a disability (e.g. they are using a wheelchair), there is a common understanding that special accommodations should be made to help that person. But what about disabilities that cannot be seen? Just because a disability is not always…

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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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What Are Compassionate Allowances?

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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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What Are Social Security Disability Work Credits?

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In order to receive Social Security Disability benefits (SSD) there are a number of factors that must be met, including having a disability that is expected to last for at least a year, as well as providing sufficient medical evidence and a solid work history. Social Security Disability is funded through FICA taxes that employees…

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SSD Case Backlog Continues to Cause Delays

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A woman from New York was initially denied SSD benefits in 2012, and once her appeal was granted five years later, the battle was far from over. The SSA continued to give her the runaround regarding the benefits checks she desperately needed. This example makes the case for how important it is to partner with…

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