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Can You Collect Both SSA Benefits and Temporary Benefits?

Temporary total disability benefits are paid under employer-secured insurance programs for workers compensation. Because workers comp laws and regulations vary from one state to the next, collecting both Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and temporary total disability benefits (TTD) at the same time is largely dependent upon where you live. While it’s possible to receive both forms of disability benefit payments simultaneously in all states, the manner in which payment amounts are calculated can vary from state to state.

SSA Testing Alternative Disability Determination Models

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has the ability under current mandates and regulations to test new review procedures and other potential program-wide updates to Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The administration also has the ability to establish appropriate testing criteria for obtaining effective measurements regarding potential system-wide changes and the viability of their implementation throughout the entire disability program. Criteria includes the geographic testing regions and the time frame for testing procedural adjustments.

Applying for SSD with Various Skin Cancers

The steps involved in applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) with any disabling condition entail essentially the same processes; however, the type of disability you have does influence the information the Social Security Administration (SSA) expects you to present within your application. As July is UV Safety Awareness Month, it seems an appropriate time for discussing the eligibility criteria and disability documentation requirements for SSD applicants who suffer from various forms of skin cancer.

July is Mental Health Awareness Month

As Mental Health Awareness Month, July is perhaps the most appropriate time for reviewing the types of mental diseases and disorders that qualify under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) guidelines for disability benefits. There are a number of conditions that can meet the SSA’s guidelines, though it’s important to understand that there are condition-specific eligibility requirements as well as general disability requirements that the SSA applies to every application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

SSA Expects Pending Initial Claims to Increase

The number of pending initial claims for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits has been backlogged for some years, but with the record setting 230,000 new applications for SSD received by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in May 2012, the wait time for reviews to be completed and eligibility determinations to be made is expected to increase significantly. In fact, the SSA anticipates pending claims to reach more than 860,000 before the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2012) and more than 1.1 million by the end of the 2013 fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2013).

Individuals Receiving SSDI Benefits Hits Record High

The number of individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits has hit a record high. Beginning in 2008 and continuing through to the present, the number of new applicants for SSDI benefits has increased substantially, with 2.8 million Americans applying for benefits in 2008 and 2009. That was a 21 percent increase in applications from 2007. It should come as no surprise then that the more than 10 million Americans now receiving disability benefits also sets a record high.

What Qualifies as Good Cause For Filing a Late Appeal?

The Social Security Disability claim process can be a long and complex undertaking. Most disability applicants must endure the disability appeal process in order to obtain the benefits they are entitled to. Part of this process involves filing timely appeals with the Social Security Administration (SSA). An applicant has 60 days from the date that they receive notice that they have been denied benefits to appeal the SSA’s decision to deny their benefits.

President Obama Helps Elk River Woman Receive Benefits

One woman’s persistency earned her not only the Social Security benefits she had waited years for, but the intervention of the President of the United States.

Lois Dare is a cancer survivor who struggles with diabetes and heart problems. Several times a day, Dare has to be hooked to an oxygen tank to compensate for the damage to her lung, leaving her undoubtedly unable to stay employed.


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