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SSDI Rules for 50 to 54 Age Bracket | Grid Rules

SSDI Rules for 50 to 54 Age Bracket | Grid Rules
When it comes to social security disability benefits, age DOES matter! But, we have good news. If you have medical evidence to prove that your disability has a direct affect on your daily functioning, regardless of your age, then you are as much eligible for the SSDI benefit as any other person. Why Age Matters in Winning SSDI Benefits? American jo...
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President Biden’s Disability Plan Proposal

President Biden’s Disability Plan Proposal
President Biden's Disability Plan for 2022 could mean extra funds to improve SSDI benefits for the 74 million beneficiaries on the verge of bankruptcy due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year (2021) on July 26, America marked the 30 th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This ADA law has been protecting people with disabilities...
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Does Autism Qualify for Disability

Does Autism Qualify for Disability
Social Security offers disability benefits for people with autism disorder having symptoms such as communication problem, trouble understanding what other people think and feel. Autism spectrum disorder affects how the brain processes information. People with autistic disability may have serious repetitive behavioral patterns, difficulty communicat...
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Does Social Security Administration offer SSDI Benefits for Psoriatic Arthritis?

Does Social Security Administration offer SSDI Benefits for Psoriatic Arthritis?
Psoriatic arthritis develops after the condition psoriasis actually begins. However, later stages may involve joint pain, stiffness and swelling including the red patches (psoriasis) that appear on skin. It can affect any part of your body, including your fingertips and spine, and can range from mild severity to extremely severe. Meanwhile disease ...
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How To Prepare Documentation Evidence For Your Disability Application/Interview

How To Prepare Documentation Evidence For Your Disability Application/Interview
Navigating through the complicated web of your disability application requirements may seem like a daunting task – and rightfully so. Claims for the social security disability insurance benefits have skyrocketed over the last two decades, due to the exponential increase in the eligible number of people aged over 50 years of age. SSDI application re...
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The Role of Vocational Expert in Your Disability Hearing

The Role of Vocational Expert in Your Disability Hearing
The disability hearings are critical of what evidence you may give to the administrative law judge (ALJ) to win your disability benefits. The testimony of your vocational expert plays a decisive role in the hearings. What is a Disability Hearing? Approximately 68% of SSDI applications are denied at the initial stage. However, that is not the final ...
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What Do You Need From Your Doctor To File For Disability Claims

What Do You Need From Your Doctor To File For Disability Claims
If you're applying for disability to Social Security Administration (SSA), you'll need your doctor's statement showing that you have been in fact unable to work for the last 12 months or more. You can take help from your doctor through getting them to fill the 'medical source statement'. While the SSA will at most times require a doctor's statement...
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Social Security Disability for Inflammatory Arthritis Disorder

Social Security Disability for Inflammatory Arthritis Disorder
Inflammatory arthritis is a collective term used for the inflammation of the joints. Factors behind the onset of arthritis may include a variety of factors such as age, injury, excessive wear and tear, obesity, and infections. Rheumatoid Arthritis vs Inflammatory Arthritis as a Disability Understanding how joints work help us understand how arthrit...
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Disability Benefits for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Disability Benefits for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is when body's defense mechanism gets upset and starts targeting the joint linings of own body. This may result in muscle and bone deformity, particularly targeting both knees, wrists and both hands. It also affects the skin, heart, lungs, eyes, blood or nerves. It can also cause bone erosion, making it impossible to carry out ...
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4 Things Social Security Beneficiaries Should Not Do

4 Things Social Security Beneficiaries Should Not Do
Earning social security disability benefits is like winning a merit-based lottery, with a chance of 1 in a million. However, while most people learn to remain vigilant about the rules while they're in the process, many disability beneficiaries simply forget to follow the rules, once they have won the SSDI benefits. The unfortunate part is, your SSD...
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Basic Requirements to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

Basic Requirements to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits
1 in 6 Americans or approximately 64 million US citizens are on the Social Security Disability Benefits among many other Social Security Administration programs . While 4 out of 5 times the beneficiaries are people aged over 50 years, for the rest 1 in 5 people are young disability beneficiaries for various qualified disabilities such as degenerati...
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How Does Social Security Disability Define Skilled, Semi-Skilled and Unskilled Work?

How Does Social Security Disability define Skilled, Semi-Skilled and Unskilled Work?
As important as it is to fill your SSDI application right, it is equally important to classify your prior job at the right skill level can help you win disability. So if you've applied for Social Security disability and your agency considers that you are actually not able to do your past work, the agency will look at the skill levels of your past w...
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Average Indexed Monthly Income (AIME) to Calculate Your Social Security Disability benefits

Average Indexed Monthly Income (AIME) to Calculate Your Social Security Disability benefits
Disability claims taken either under SSI or SSDI use the same criteria for medical evaluation. Read more on that here. 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. The SSA uses ...
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Disability Starter Fact Sheet for Family Member’s Benefits

Disability Starter Fact Sheet for Family Member’s Benefits
Family is one of the world's most beautiful blessings. Yet, anything that befalls upon families worries you. If you are someone who is the sole major responsible person for your family, but have been unable to meet their financial needs, do not worry. The Social Security Administration allows upto 150% of the disabled family member's Social Securit...
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Social Security Benefits for Survivors in 2021 and Onward

Social Security Benefits for Survivors in 2021 and Onward
Losing a family member to social security can be hard enough. The devastation can prove even more cumbersome if the family has to deal with unforeseen financial issues along with the emotional turmoil.Sad to relate, various Coronavirus related deaths in United States have been of old and retired people who could not survive the lethal virus and lef...
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Tips on Preparing for Social Security Disability Appeals during COVID-19 Lockdown

Tips on Preparing for Social Security Disability Appeals during COVID-19 Lockdown
​The Social Security Administration has disabled in-person disability hearings amidst the COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing measures. Since most of the SSA staff is working remotely, the SSA closed its hearing offices and has currently only online video hearings facility for disability claimants . If you have subscribed to participate in a d...
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SSDI Online Hearings Process during COVID-19

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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Social Security Administration has switched to online hearings for your Disability Appeals. Since most of the SSA staff is working remotely from homes, the SSA has discontinued in-person ALJ hearings for an indefinite period of time.  What are Social Security Online Hearings? An online Disability...
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Can You Keep Worker's Compensation While Receiving SSDI Benefits During Covid-19?

Can You Keep Worker's Compensation While Receiving SSDI Benefits During Covid-19?
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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COVID-19 Disability Guide: How to Make Sure Your Doctor is Supportive for your Non-Covid Disability Benefits Application

COVID-19 Disability Guide: How to Make Sure Your Doctor is Supportive for your Disability Benefits Application
The Social Security Administration uses a List of Impairments from its Blue Book of Disability, As a matter of fact, if you meet the Work Credits , have enough prove to support your claim of being disabled and are unable to earn, you're considered as eligible to apply for Disability Benefits. However, the Coronavirus pandemic has made it a cumberso...
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Substantial Gainful Activity and Disability Income Limits for 2021

Substantial Gainful Activity and Disability Income Limits for 2021
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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