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Disability insurance for chronic kidney disease

Disability insurance for chronic kidney disease
The SSA has listed kidney diseases under the section of genitourinary problems in Adults Listings. Claimants with poor kidney function that is disabling are very likely to get approved for disability benefits. Genitourinary diseases may include chronic kidney disease with chronic hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, kidney transplant, impairment of...
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Social Security Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis

Social Security Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis is rarely fatal, but is a potentially disabling disease that results in permanent damage of the spinal cord. The brain may also become affected due to the damage caused to the myelin sheath that covers the nerves in the nervous system (spinal cord + brain). The exact cause of the disorder is unknown, yet is thought to be an auto ...
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Applying for Disability for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Applying for Disability for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD is a chronic, long-lasting, compulsive disorder that affects a person's daily life from mild to severe symptoms of obsessions and compulsions. While mere compulsions may come off as acceptable, severe OCD has long lasting effects that can cause major distress and disruptions in everyday life of a person. OCD can b...
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Filing for Disability for Chronic headaches - Migraines

Filing for Disability for Chronic headaches - Migraines
Getting Disability benefits for partial headaches or migraines is difficult but not impossible. Migraine headaches are neurological disorders that are often localized in only one part of the head. It is categorized by a throbbing or pulsating pain, accompanied with dizziness, nausea, vomiting, seeing flashing lights, loss of appetite, disturbed sle...
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Disability Benefits for Bipolar Sufferers

Disability benefits for Bipolar Sufferers
Bipolar disorder is listed in the SSA's Blue List of Impairments under the Mental Disorders for Adults. Bipolar Disorder related to depression is a typical grievance made by people attempting to acquire Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits. It can cause indications of poor fo...
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Tips for getting Disability for Bipolar Disorder

Tips for getting Disability for Bipolar Disorder
Significant difficulty in functioning or performing daily work, remembering things, managing yourself or undertaking new challenges due to chronic depression or bipolar disorder may greatly reduce your ability to earn for yourself or perform work under residual functional capacity, RFC. The SSA is aware of the challenges you or a loved one may face...
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Social Security Disability benefits for low IQ

Social Security Disability benefits for low IQ
A disability applicant with a low IQ that impairs his/her ability to perform significant work under Residual Functional Capacity, RFC could get approved for Social Security Disability Benefits. Previously, the SSA listed a low IQ under 'Intellectual Disability' and before that as 'Mental Retardation'. However, it is now listed under 'Neurological D...
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How does SSDI Taxes Monthly Income?

How does SSDI Taxes Monthly Income?
Social Security Disability Benefits depend on Social Security Taxes that you are required to pay for atleast 30 working years of the total time you worked in your life. However, most people do not realize this and end up not paying enough or no social security taxes. Unfortunately, this could greatly impact your chances of being approved for SSDI b...
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How to calculate your SSDI income/payments?

How is your SSDI benefits payment determined?
Disability claims taken either under SSI or SSDI use the same criteria for medical evaluation. However, what you receive under each program depends solely on how much Social Security Taxes you paid under your wages. The Social Security Administration, SSA uses two basic formulas to calculate your SSDI benefits. When your SSDI benefits start? If you...
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How much should you pay for SSDI increments on your paycheck?

SSDI increments on your paycheck?
Social Security Disability is a vigorous but very fine package run under the federal government that acts as an economic savior at times of disability crises. However, due to a vast number of applications and people not covered under the Blue Book Disability also applying to the SSDI benefits, only 20% of the applications are approved. But, here is...
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Common mistakes after denial of SSDI application

Denied Social Security Disability Claims
The most common question our social security disability lawyers are asked is whether I should appeal for social security after being denied SSDI. Our lawyers have the most reliable answer for you: Yes! You should appeal for SSDI after you have been denied at least one. Amongst the vast amount of applications received only 20% are approved in the fi...
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SSDI vs SSI | What is the difference between them?

SSDI vs SSI | What is the difference between them?
The main difference between SSDI and SSI is that one is simply merit-based disability benefits if they have enough credits and the other is need-based, provided only to low income individuals The Social Security Administration (SSA) runs both the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) under the Federal pr...
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How to win at a Social Security Disability Appeal?

Social Security Disability Attorney at Appeals Process
Let's face this: filing an application for disability is the easiest part. Winning a disability benefit in the first attempt is what takes a winning. However, do not be disappointed if you did not win the benefits at first go. In fact, roughly every 2 out of 3 people who apply for social security disability are denied disability benefits. Here's th...
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Disability Insurance | Spouse with Mental Disability

Disability claims for Spouse with mental illness
About a quarter i.e., 1/4 th of the people who ultimately file for disability benefits who have mental impairments are granted benefits. The Social Security Administration is aware of the many kinds of mental illnesses that come as you age older. Therefore, here are multiple mental illnesses listed in the Blue Book online such as Acute Anxiety diso...
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Does Medicare or Medicaid come with Disability?

Does SSDI come with Medicaid and Medicare
In the American Social Security Disability system, the disabled have the option of two ways of utilizing disability benefits. Of the types of insurance is known as Medicare and the opposite is known as Medicaid. While both of these programs provide medical insurance, the way the application for each works and the eligibility criteria are different ...
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What are my chances of winning a Social Security Appeal?

The chances of winning a disability appeal after you've been rejected by the SSA, depends solely on your medical condition and if required, your disability attorney. Since each disability case is different, approval at a disability hearing doesn't mean that you have the same chance of getting benefits when you file an appeal. But we can bet on this...
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What to do when Social Security Disability Insurance won’t pay because doctors can’t diagnose your disease

My doctor doesn't support my social security claims
Social Security disability benefits are available for people who have been working but become disabled and unable to work. If you are under 24 when you become disabled, you must have worked one and a half years during the three years before your disability began. For people over age 24, there must be a medical condition that is severe. The disabili...
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How to determine what you’ll receive in Social Security Benefits

how to determine your social security benefits
According to a report by the Insured Retirement Institute , a majority of baby boomer are either underprepared or worse unprepared for their retirement – means they have nothing to fall back on for retirement. This is where the Social Security comes in. Social Security Program is very important for the US senior citizens. From contributing 1/3 rd o...
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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Claiming Social Security

Do you really need to claim social security early?
The Social Security Administration, SSA provides Social Security benefits that make up the primary source of income for almost 63 million Americans each month as of June 2019. These Social Security benefits are calculated based on the amount of social security taxes filed on the 35 highest-paid years in the workforce. Many people wait until they re...
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How this event can lift Social Security’s COLA in 2020

Hurricane Irma, Hurrican Sandy and Social Security
More than 63 million Americans receive Social Security benefit checks each month. While most of these social security beneficiaries are retired workers, this makes up every 1 in 6 Americans who rely on this monthly social security benefit system. For many people receiving the benefits, this implies more than half of their monthly incomes. No wonder...
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