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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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Applying for disability when guilty of a felony in past

Applying for disability when guilty of a felony in past
Your benefits would not be denied if you were incarcerated in the past unless you committed a major crime and resulted in jail for more than 30 days. This means that your benefits would be stopped automatically on the 31 st day of your being in jail, no matter how minor a crime you committed. However, there is another rule under the 'felony impairm...
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Social Security: Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis, MS

Social Security: Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis, MS
Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disease that disrupts a person's functioning due to deterioration of the myelin sheath near the nerves. It is an autoimmune disorder with varying symptoms for every affected person. Since the nerves are concentrated in the brain and spinal cord, the disease leads to various physical and neurodegenerative symptom...
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Setting up a plan for work while on disability

Setting up a plan for work while on disability
If you are a disability beneficiary and want to go back to work, the SSA has a special 'Plan' for you. You can avail the Social Security Administration's work incentives, such as PASS or the ' Ticket to Work ' program. Ticket to Work plan The ticket to work plan will let you work for a limited income from work earnings. During this period, you can ...
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Reporting disability and work changes to the Social Security Administration

Reporting work changes during disability to the SSA
The Social Security Administration grants social security disability through a rigorous process of determining disability eligibility. Also, in order for you to qualify for social security disability, you must not be earning an income equivalent to any amount under ' substantial gainful activity, SGA '. Although this may seem like a death trap, thi...
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Social security disability benefits for disabled immigrants

Social security disability benefits for disabled immigrants
The Social Security Administration, SSA provides benefits to U.S. employees even if they are not native Americans. As long as you or an immigrant fulfills the mandatory qualifications for social security eligibility, they are good to go. You can qualify for social security even if you are not a U.S. citizen through your prior work credits earned in...
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How to prove to the SSA that you can’t do work

How to prove to the SSA that you can’t do work
The Social Security Disability claims are granted on very strict merits. These include fulfilling both medical and non-medical requirements. It is the responsibility of the SSA examiner to ensure that you are completely disabled, before granting you the Social Security Disability benefits. While analyzing your application for non-medical qualificat...
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How to live under a budget on SSDI

How to live under a budget on SSDI
Unlike Supplemental Security Income, SSI the Social Security Disability benefits are only granted for people above the stated income threshold, i.e., $1360 as of 2019. People who earn below that income may qualify for the Supplemental Security Income that is purely a need-based program. Although both programs are run under the federal rule, they di...
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Social Security: Benefits for Veterans

Social Security: Benefits for Veterans
Veterans are an important asset of the country and the U.S. government has always protected veteran's benefits through federal and state laws. Earnings through active duty veterans or under training veterans are taxed and counted the same way as civilians under Social Security . However, the benefits may vary a little depending on their situation. ...
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Can I keep workers compensation benefits with social security?

Can I keep workers compensation benefits with social security?
Yes, you can keep both worker's compensation benefits and social security benefits together. This is of course only when you qualify for both social security disability insurance benefits and worker's compensation benefits. Since these are both separate programs under federal government, you don't need to give up one to avail benefits from another....
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What are FICA taxes and why do they matter?

What are FICA taxes and why do they matter?
FICA taxes are not new, but few workers actually know what goes on when a fixed amount on their paychecks is taxed. On most U.S. Employees paychecks, most employees would see terms and conditions including the net amount of the check. The net amount is usually the amount after deduction of all FICA taxes. Almost all of the taxes listed below would ...
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Social security: Substantial gainful activity

Social security: Substantial gainful activity
In assessing whether you qualify non-medically, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will initially look to whether you are right now working. In the event that you are working with low income wages below the stated threshold and not procuring a high income, you won't consequently be denied disability benefits, however completing a considerable...
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Are your social security benefits taxed?

Are your social security benefits taxed?
Social security disability program is an insurance program based on FICA taxes collected through your paychecks. Most social security claimants are not taxed. In fact, only one-third of the claimants actually end up paying taxes on their SSDI claims. Also, the benefits from a supplemental security income, SSI are rarely taxed ever. This is because ...
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