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Should Disability Recipients With a Family Get More Money?

When a worker becomes disabled and is no longer able to maintain full-time work activity, the paychecks that the worker is accustomed to receiving cease to exist. In addition to a lack of income, disabled workers are also often faced with mounting medical bills and finances that begin to spiral quickly out of control. Unfortunately, some of these workers do not have only themselves to think about. They have families to support as well. Many people wonder if Social Security Disability recipients who need to support a family should be given more benefits than those who do not.

SSA Disability Appeals Reached New Record in 2011

Anyone who has been involved in the Social Security Disability application process understands that when a claim for benefits is denied, the applicant must join a significant backlog of Social Security Disability appeals. What many of the newest applicants do not realize is that appeals reached an all-time high in 2011, which means that there are even more backlogged claims in the Social Security system. Why did this happen and how will this fact affect future Social Security Disability applicants?

What Types of Disability Benefits Are Taxable?

It’s tax season once again and this time of year leaves many Social Security recipients wondering exactly what types of Social Security benefits are taxable. After all, not all Social Security payments have taxes taken from them. This leaves you with the burden of determining whether or not you owe taxes on these benefits at the end of the tax year.

SSA Clarifies Rules on Past Relevant Work

When an applicant sends a disability claim to the Social Security Administration, an adjudicator who works for the SSA review’s the applicant’s file to determine whether or not the individual qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits. While this file is under review, a number of factors are taken into consideration including the applicant’s past relevant work activity. Recently the SSA has created rules that affect how past relevant work experience is viewed.

What Role Does the DDS Play in the Disability Process?

When a Social Security Disability applicant files a claim for Social Security Disability benefits, there are a number of “stages” that this claim goes through. When the applicant’s claim is first filed, it is handled by one of the SSA’s field offices and then once the field office is done with the claim, another agency (usually referred to as Disability Determination Services of DDS) handles the remainder of the claim processing.

What Heart Conditions Qualify for Disability?

February is Heart Health Month and it is a topic that warrants a significant amount of interest due to the severity of heart disease in our nation and its prevalence worldwide. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death across the globe. In many cases, the people who suffer from a heart-related illness are unable to work due to the symptoms that are caused by the disease and/or the effects of the treatments and/or surgery that are required to address the illness.

What Is a Representative Payee and When Do You Need One?

When an individual qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits, that individual receives a set monthly payment to help them meet their basic living expenses. When an individual is incapable of managing their own finances, the Social Security Administration determines that a representative payee should be responsible for managing the disability payments that are provided to a disability recipient and manage the expenses of the recipient in question.

Lawmakers Question if Disability Checks are Being Issued Safely

Social Security Disability benefits are not easy to get. Anyone who has ever been through the disability claim process understands this fully. It would be nice to think that once those benefits begin, the battle is over. Unfortunately, for some disability recipients, a new battle begins when disability payments start – a battle against fraud and misuse of their disability income.

Can You Update Your Testimony After Your SSA Hearing?

When you are appealing the SSA’s decision to deny your disability benefits the process can be stressful and overwhelming. You may spend months or even years waiting for the date of your disability hearing to arrive and then when the day comes, you want everything to go perfectly. Understandably, you are likely facing a great deal of stress on this day and there may be things that you forget to mention to the administrative law judge during the course of your hearing.

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