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Is There a Limit to Back Pay from the SSA?

When an individual applies for Social Security Disability benefits and are eventually awarded the benefits they have applied for, they may be entitled to back pay from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The question often arises as to how much back pay a person can receive and whether or not the SSA limits the amount of back pay a person may be entitled to.

SSA Adds Obliterative Bronchiolitis As Compassionate Allowance

Ever since the SSA had first introduced its first listing of Compassionate Allowances conditions, more and more conditions have been being added to the list. The Compassionate Allowances program allows those who suffer severely debilitating diseases to be awarded benefits in a matter of weeks, rather than having to wait months or years before benefits can begin. As each new condition is added, it’s another victory for the people who suffer from the particular ailment that is being included.

September - Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month

Leukemia and Lymphoma are two potentially devastating forms of cancer that can strike individuals of any age. Some forms of these two types of cancer fall under the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and therefore qualify for expedited claims processing for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Applying for SSD with Prostate Cancer

Designated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, September is an appropriate time for looking at the application process for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits after being diagnosed with this disease. Prostate cancer qualifies for SSD benefits under the standard “bluebook” definition of the disease. The “bluebook” is the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) manual for qualified disabilities.

Applying for SSD with Ovarian Cancer

As September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, it seems an appropriate time to discuss the process for applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits with a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer. This disease can qualify you for SSD under two different circumstances. The first is the standard process for application and approval for disability benefits. The second is when the disease is in its advanced stages at the time of your application, in which case you would qualify for expedited review and approval under the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program for SSD.

What is an SSD Early Decision?

An early decision on Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is simply any determination made by the Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding eligibility that comes sooner than the typical timeframe for the majority of applicants. Most SSD applicants wait months and even as much as two years for a determination to be made on their eligibility for benefits.

Will it be a problem that my spouse has an income when I apply for Social Security Disability benefits?

Your spouse’s income can affect Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits but will have no impact on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSI is based on income or financial need, and because it’s a need-based program, benefit amounts are calculated taking your current finances into account, causing your spouse's income to impact your financial need.

Difference between a Psychological and Medical Improvements?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) periodically reviews the eligibility status of anyone receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. During a continuing disability review (CDR), the SSA looks at two things in order to determine if you are still eligible for SSD benefits: work activity and improvement in the condition that qualified you for SSD in the first place.


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