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Non medical requirements for your SSDI claims

Non medical requirements for your SSDI claims
The Social Security Disability is a rigorous process that grants social security claims after analyzing both medical and non-medical pre-requisites for each person. The non-medical requirements may include work credits, or a specific number of years you worked in substantial gainful activity, SGA or at least 5 years of social security taxes paid (d...
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5 things that happen at a social security hearing

5 things that happen at a social security hearing
If is often said that renewing a social security claim is easier than qualifying for the social security claim in the first place. Almost 60% of the social security claims are denied, however, not all of the denied claims means they can't be claimed in another attempt. That is why, if your case was denied you have the options for a hearing from an ...
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Social Security: Benefits for survivors

Social Security: Benefits for survivors
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. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration provides social security benefits to survivors of a disabled spouse. The SSA may also grant social s...
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How many work credits do I need to qualify for SSDI?

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The Social Security Disability Insurance, SSDI program is one of the most inclusive federal benefits program that includes people of all categories as opposed to the Medicare and Supplemental Security Income, SSI, that only consider people of low income wage. To qualify for social security disability benefits you need to have worked in jobs listed ...
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5 social security changes for 2019

5 social security changes for 2019
Every year the Social Security Administration, SSA proposes changes to the social security benefits program in October – the changes take in effect from next January. The best thing about social security programs is they are adjusted accordingly to inflation rates. That means that your benefits will increase as the cost of living increases. Below w...
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Income sources that may earn you work credits for social security

Income sources that may earn you work credits for social security
While the types of benefits received under each of the 'currently insured' and 'fully insured' status of a disabled person on social security disability benefits may vary one thing is for certain: you need to have enough high earning each year for a consecutive 10 years period to be able to acquire any of these statuses. Here is a good news, you do...
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Eligibility for social security through currently ensured

Eligibility for social security through currently ensured
In order to be eligible for getting benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance, you must meet the specific guideline for work credits and insurance stated by the Social Security Administration, SSA. To be insured means you have sufficient number of work credits as your work record. The work credits need to be from jobs where you paid your ...
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Social Security Survivor benefits after the death of the disabled person

Spouse survival benefits
If a disabled person getting benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance program dies and leaves behind dependents who were previously eligible and recipients of the auxiliary benefits, may continue to receive the benefits even after the death of the disabled person. Let's face this: death is inevitable, it is not easy but it becomes even m...
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Getting disability benefits for your dependents

Getting disability benefits for your dependents
Bad news is, qualifying for social security disability insurance, SSDI in 2019 has become even harder. Good news is, if you qualify for SSDI benefits, your dependents including children or a spouse may also get some benefits under your SSDI benefits program known as auxiliary benefits or dependents benefits. Workers and employers who have paid the ...
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Tips for filing a request with an administrative law judge

Tips for filing a request with an administrative law judge
A reconsideration appeal after a CDR denial is easier to be accepted than getting your application for SSDI application accepted in the first place. However, whether your SSDI benefits were denied at the stage of applying or after a CDR process, you have these options for reconsideration: Level 1: Apply for reconsideration Level 2: Apply for an ind...
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What to do if you get a CDR?

What to do if you get a CDR?
What to do if you get a CDR? The Social Security Administration has long used CDR for evaluating a person's benefits for further grants or discontinuation. Despite running periodical reviews, the CDR has a long and clean record of running review processes to prevent fraud and abuse of the benefits. It ensures that the benefits are only available to...
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Continuing Disability Review (CDR)

Continuing Disability Review, CDR
A continuing disability review is a process conducted by the Social Security Administration, SSA – It is mainly done to analyze that the people receiving the benefits are still disabled or meet the disability eligibility for continuing the benefits. If during a CDR, the Social Security Administration finds that you don't meet the eligibility condit...
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Would I lose benefits if I do freelance work while on SSDI?

Can I lose ssdi benefits if I earn partime through freelancing
The social security disability is a federally administered insurance program that pays you cash benefits if you have a disability that makes you unemployable or unable to do sufficient work to gain income with in the sub stantial gainful activity (SGA) edge . This means that if you have worked for a sufficient amount of time (40 quarterly financial...
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Social security disability for old age, retired, survivors or dependent children

SSDI benefits for old age, retired, survivors or dependents
The average benefits received at age 62 retirements fall into 75% of the indexed wages you earned during your work years. However, you could maximize your social security benefits by delaying receiving your SSDI claims well after you receive your retirement benefits. Fortunately, if you are a divorcee or widower, caretaker of a dependent child , th...
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Are you eligible for SSDI if you have dual citizenships?

How to receice social security when you have dual citizenship
With the onset of technology, open networking sites and the world becoming a global village more people fall in love and marry with citizens of other nationalities. Many people move homes to settle in with their partners in their resident countries. Good news is, the US Social Security Administration has partnered with many countries on avoidance o...
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Would I be able to return to work if I become better after a few years of disability on SSDI

Returning to work after the Trial Work Period
Going to a long vacation, taking off from work may be most people's ideal lifestyles. But it becomes a burden when you can't go to work due to a mild or severe disability. Work gives you a purpose, a direction of something to look forward to and do your contribution to the society. But what if you had a disability in the past which limited your abi...
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20 common medical conditions in the SSA disability Blue Book

common medical conditions for SSDI claims, Blue Book impairments
After going through the vigorous steps of evaluating your eligibility for disability claims under Substantial Gainful Activity, SGA , the social security administration, SSA then forwards your claims to the Disability Determination Services, DDS , also a state agency. The DDS determines the severity of your disability through either a careful exami...
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How to know if you qualify for SSDI or SSI?

How to know if I qualify for SSI or SSDI
S SDI claims are a taxed payroll federally run insurance program that grants cash payments to unemployable individuals with severe disability. If you're an individual who paid significant social security taxes on his wages, for atleast 5 – 10 years then you would be eligible (aka disability) to apply for SSDI. The supplemental security income, SSI ...
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How the SSA would determine your SSDI eligibility if you are self employed

SSDI for employed
The Social Security Disability Insurance is a very vigorously awarded insurance claim program run directly under the Federal Rule. At the time of writing this article, the SSDI claims alone have helped lower the poverty levels in the US from 40% to under 6% since 1938. However, each year only 20% of the applications for social security are awarded ...
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SSDI for people with PTSD

Social Security Disability For PTSD Patients
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mild to severe mental condition that may get worse with time if left untreated. In order for you to qualify for disability with PTSD, you will need to prove your case with medical records that your condition lasted at least 24 months and interferes with your ability to perform work in substantial gainful activity...
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