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What Happens at a Social Security Disability Hearing?

A Social Security Disability hearing is an option that a potential Social Security Disability recipient may experience in the event that his or her Social Security Disability claim has been denied during the initial stage of the disability claim process. Individuals who have been denied disability have the opportunity to have their case heard by an administrative law judge, known as an ALJ.

How Does Age Affect One’s Chances of Being Awarded SSDI Benefits?

Individuals of all ages can be approved for Social Security Disability benefits, as long as they meet certain stipulations. The chances of getting disability benefits depend on different factors.

Over two million disability applications make it to the Social Security Administration on a yearly basis, and less than half of those are approved during the initial application process. The remainder are left to fight for their benefits through a disability appeal process.

Father Fights to Reduce Delay of Disability Payments

Dealing with the Social Security Administration can be extremely time-consuming and frustrating. Herbert Russell found this out for himself after his daughter, Heather, was diagnosed with metastatic Stage IV cancer which eventually spread throughout her body in May of 2009. Heather wasn't ready to give up on life and continued to work at her local home improvement store until the following October, when her doctors told her it would be better for her to quit.

GAO Report - SSA Disability on Unsustainable Path

The news is rife with the problems facing the Social Security Administration today. According to the federal government's long-term fiscal outlook report, the Social Security Disability program is in real trouble. Payments for SSDI amount to over $124 billion, with an average disability payment to individuals ranging around $1,000 per month.

Social Security Office Opens in the Greater Augusta Area

Social Security Disability recipients should be pleased to know that a new Social Security office has opened on Claussen Road, serving the greater Augusta area. The office hopes to reduce the backlog of other offices in the region. Processing times for Social Security claims in Georgia, as well as the rest of the United States, is extremely slow, sometimes averaging well over 400 days. The new office hopes to help more people through faster processing of claims and hearing appeals.

Rick Perry Claims that Social Security Should Be Private

Presidential candidate and current Texas governor Rick Perry suggests that the Social Security Administration should adapt its services to private accounts. What does that mean? He's talking about privatizing Social Security. Former President George W. Bush also attempted to privatize Social Security in 2005, without success.

Southeast Michigan Health Information Exchange Links with SSA

Recently, the Southeast Michigan Health Information Exchange has approved and validated the exchange of electronic health information with the Social Security Administration. What does this mean for Social Security recipients in Southeast Michigan? Hopefully, it means faster processing of Social Security Disability applications.

“Adult Baby” Claims Disability Checks Will Continue

Just when you thought recent news stories regarding Social Security Disability benefits, increases in Medicare Part B premiums, and concerns regarding affordability of health care were over, along comes a story broadcast on FoxNews.com regarding a headline that reads, "Adult Baby Claims Disability Checks Will Continue Despite Coburn Complaint."

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