4 Factors That Could Cause Your Disability Benefits to End

4 Factors That Could Cause Your Disability Benefits to End

Factors, including returning to work, medical improvement, reaching retirement age, and criminal convictions or institutionalization may result in the termination of people’s Social Security Disability benefits. As of December 2016, more than 10.1 million people across the U.S. received SSDI benefits. People who are unable to work due to serious health issues often rely on these funds to provide for their basic needs. Therefore, it is essential that benefit recipients understand the issues that could cause a termination of their ...

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How the SSA Evaluates Pain in Disability Cases

How the SSA Evaluates Pain in Disability Cases

The Social Security Administration currently uses a two-pronged process to evaluate chronic pain when making disability determinations. It involves identifying if claimants’ have medically determinable impairments and assessing the limitations resulting from claimants’ pain. While chronic pain is subjective is not easily quantified through diagnostic testing, it can profoundly affect people’s quality of life. Suffering from debilitating pain alone may not qualify people for SSDI benefits but this symptom complaint may factor into their level of impairment.

Identifying a Medically Determinable ...

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Getting SSDI if You’re Self-Employed

Getting SSDI if You’re Self-Employed

People who are self-employed may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The Social Security Administration bases benefit determinations for self-employed workers on their medical impairments and whether their disabilities prevent them from engaging in substantial gainful activity. For the self-employed, this may create challenges, as their efforts to own and operate their businesses may impede their eligibility for SSDI benefits.

Determining Substantial Gainful Activity

To receive SSDI benefits, the work of self-employed applicants cannot qualify as a substantial ...

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Your Personal Guide to the SSA Ticket to Work Program

Your Personal Guide to the SSA Ticket to Work Program

Those receiving Social Security Disability benefits may access the support they need to gain and maintain employment through the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program. Participation in the program may help people transition from dependence on cash benefits to self-support.

What Is the Ticket to Work Program?

Ticket to Work is a voluntary federal program offered through the SSA that enables people to receive employment support services to help them go back to work while still providing them access to ...

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Obtaining Disability Benefits When You’re Terminally Ill

Obtaining Disability Benefits When You’re Terminally Ill

The Social Security Administration offers paths for quicker claims processing for SSDI claimants who have been diagnosed with a terminal health condition. In addition to helping terminally ill claimants cover their existing financial obligations, Social Security Disability benefits are available to help people pay for their medical costs and hospice or other palliative care. Additionally, when claimants pass away, their eligible dependents may receive survivor benefits. Under typical conditions, the processing time for SSD applications is between three and five ...

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SSDI Benefits: Here’s How to Win

SSDI Benefits: Here’s How to Win

There is no surefire way to guarantee an application for SSDI will be approved, but submitting substantial medical evidence, giving honest, accurate answers, and working with Social Security Disability lawyers and advocates can increase a claimant’s chances of winning benefits.

Thoroughness and Accuracy Are Key to Winning SSDI Benefits

When applying for SSDI benefits, accurately completing all the necessary paperwork in its entirety is essential. Claimants must submit an application and medical forms, as well as extensive supporting documentation. Doing ...

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Are You Ready for Your Disability Hearing?

Are You Ready for Your Disability Hearing?

When claimants have been denied Social Security Disability benefits at the reconsideration level and proceed to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing, preparation os key. Since so much is riding on the ALJ decision, it’s vital for claimants to review their case files and gather updated medical records, expert statements, and additional evidence that may help sway the judge.

What Happens at a Disability Hearing?

The disability hearing is an informal proceeding before an administrative law judge to determine the validity of ...

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How Will Your Job History Impact Your Disability Claim?

How Will Your Job History Impact Your Disability Claim?

A disabled person’s work history plays a significant role in obtaining Social Security Disability benefits, determining the programs that are available to applicants, and the amount of pay the claimant receives. The types of jobs the claimant held in the past, the skills and abilities needed to perform the work, how long the person worked, and the wages earned (and taxes paid) will all be considered by the SSA.

Assessing a Disability Claimant’s Ability to Work

To decide whether applicants are able ...

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Disability Claim Denied? Don’t Panic

Disability Claim Denied? Don’t Panic

Applicants whose Social Security Disability claims are denied may continue to seek benefits through the appeals process. People who suffer from a long-term or permanent disability that prevents them from working often rely on SSDI benefits to help them make ends meet. Unfortunately, about 70% of initial applications are denied. Although appealing at the ALJ level gives applicants the best chance of winning SSDI benefits, many people give up hope. Only about 50% of denied applicants go on to appeal.

Appealing ...

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What’s the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

What’s the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are two separate benefit programs . While both programs provide financial assistance to blind or disabled persons, the eligibility guidelines are very different. Understanding how these programs differ is vital to helping people seek the appropriate benefits, as well as increasing their chances for approval.

What Is Supplemental Security Income?

SSI is a federal supplemental income program for disabled adults and children. Designed to aid those with little or no income, ...

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