The first thing to realize with Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and retirement is that “full retirement age” is not always 65. In fact, 65 is only considered the age of retirement for those born in 1937 or earlier, so chances are that you will be among those who hit full retirement age at a later date. In any event, you will still want to know how your SSD benefits will be affected by hitting what is considered retirement age by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for someone in your age demographic.
The loss of a family member is never an easy thing to go through. While we must tend to our emotional affairs there are also legal affairs that must be looked after as well. There is quite a bit of red tape to go through when a person passes away. If certain steps aren’t taken and certain parties aren’t notified of the family member’s passing, you may find yourself in trouble in the midst of your grief.
When an individual applies for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), the SSA will normally look at that person’s work history to determine which type of disability benefit the applicant is entitled to. For Social Security Disability benefits, also known as SSDI, a person must have earned a certain number of work credits in order to qualify for benefits. These work credits are earned each quarter an individual works and pays taxes into the Social Security system.
In 2011, Congress approved a budgetary appropriation of $1.024 billion for Social Security “integrity”, an initiative intended to address spending waste within the Social Security Disability (SSD) program. A recent push by House Republicans proposes to cut that budgetary appropriation by more than $750 million in 2013, a change that could backfire according to some. The proposed cut in budgetary support for Social Security program integrity may actually increase spending, waste and expenses associated with SSD fraud by as much as $6 billion.
Any person currently receiving Medicare benefits may qualify for the “Extra Help” plan which provides assistance in paying for Medicare prescription drug plan premiums and other costs. The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates the value of Extra Help to average at about $4,000 annually.
Qualifying for Extra Help
In order to qualify for the Extra Help plan, you must:
The South East Michigan Health Information Exchange (SEMHIE) entered into an almost 3 million dollar contract with the Social Security Administration (SSA) in June of 2010 to develop a secure and efficient electronic platform for processing the medical records of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefit applicants. SEMHIE announced in late July of this year that it had completed the contract and that the Health Information Exchange (HIE) platform was finished and delivered to the SSA.
The month of August has been designated for National Psoriasis Awareness and is intended to bring attention to this autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 7.5 million Americans.
Psoriasis comes in several forms and some can be quite debilitating. The severity of the individual case and the frequency and duration of symptoms determine when a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim can be successfully filed with a diagnosis of psoriasis.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that is characterized by diffuse pain in the muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. Joint pain can also occur with the condition. Other common symptoms include fatigue, headaches, sleep issues, depression, and difficulty concentrating. There are many other symptoms that can accompany fibromyalgia. Symptoms experienced by each patient can vary widely.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released a report that projects Social Security Disability (SSD) Insurance benefits to rise as much as 70 percent over the course of the next ten years. This projected increase is based on the larger number of SSD applications being submitted to and approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
If you’re scheduled to participate in a Social Security Disability (SSD) appeal hearing after having initially been denied benefits, there are certain types of questions you can reasonably anticipate being asked. The hearing is presided over by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), and while you can have an attorney present to represent your interests, the ALJ will actually be the one posing all of the questions throughout the hearing.