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Does your illness make you eligible for SSDI?

When someone becomes impaired and unable to work there can be a lot of reasons why. Statistically speaking, the conditions that tend to trigger the largest number of applications for Social Security Disability Insurance stem from physical issues. Whether you happen to be a laborer in the metals industry, construction or a nurse in a clinical setting, physical work is required. It's not unusual for individuals in these lines of work to suffer injuries to their backs, knees and shoulders to a point where they can't do their jobs.

There are some illnesses that qualify for SSDI as well. Some are physical. Others are mental. They can be just as impairing as the more common physical issues, but they are often harder to nail down from an objective medical evidence standpoint. 

'Modest' is the word used to describe SSDI benefit boost

Modesty is supposed to be a good thing. In most polite society and as a matter of religious tenet, modesty is something to strive for -- a virtue. But that's only in the context of definition number one in most dictionaries. There's a second definition that gets applied to amounts or levels reflecting that one may be relatively small when compared to others.

It is definition number two that The Wall Street Journal uses to describe the level that beneficiaries of the Social Security Administration can expect in their next cost of living increase. The word from the SSA is that the monthly benefits now being paid to about 64 million individuals in Ohio and the rest of the country will rise by 1.7 percent in 2015.

SSDI application process may benefit from an assist

If you are in circumstances that have you thinking about obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you may be feeling rather overwhelmed. The process is at the very least unfamiliar to most people. And few who have put in years of hard work are prepared for the kind of scrutiny that the Social Security Administration applies when determining whether you are eligible for SSDI coverage.

As many readers may know, denials of initial application are not uncommon. The opportunity to appeal is open, but it can take a very long time. Patience and hope can wear thin. But while it may seem daunting, the process doesn't have to be faced alone. 

There are limits, but being on SSDI does not mean you can't work

The government loves acronyms. The FBI and CIA are two common ones. They're so common in fact that usual Associated Press stylebook rules don't apply to them. AP style normally doesn't allow use of acronyms until after the full name of the organization has been used first. But not so with FBI and CIA -- they're good to go just as they are.

Such flexibility does not apply to the Social Security Administration (SSA), the programs associated with it such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or the tags the agency applies to the factors it uses in determining SSDI benefit approvals and denials. Take for example "substantial gainful activity" (SGA).

As we explained in a somewhat in-depth article on the subject not long ago, SGA is that standard that the government seeks to use to decide whether a person is eligible for benefits or not. 

How ignorance leads to a demeaning of those with disabilities

We live in an age of electronic wonderment, don't we? Information flashes around the globe on the Internet at a speed close to that of light. That can be a great thing. But it can also be a problem.

Not only is it bad if the information is inaccurate, but very often it is spread around by individuals with a particular bias without regard for whether it's true or what effect it might have on innocent individuals who are targets of the faulty communication.

What's the key to a successful Social Security Disability appeal?

Not every initial application for Social Security Disability is denied. But the statistical reality is that many of them are. The reasons why may be many. It may be that the reviewers decided that information was not complete enough. Specifically, it may be deemed that medical documentation isn't sufficient to back the claim.

Another reason that a person might run into trouble seeking SSD benefits is if they fail to take advantage of all the avenues of appeal. There are instances in which people will file, get denied, and then file a whole new application. Many observers say this is a recipe for disaster and can result in someone who really needs help suffering unnecessary delays.

Economist says a simple rebalance could get SSDI through to 2033

We have written often on this blog about the issues and concerns related to Social Security Disability Insurance. Much of the discussion tends to focus on how much trouble the Social Security Administration is in financially and how rising demand for benefits threatens to scuttle the whole program. Critics say it's a system "out of control."

There are facts no one denies. One is that the number of people on the disability rolls has gone up a lot in recent decades. But, as we've noted previously, those increases can be traced to demographics, rather than to people looking for an undue handout, as some suggest. 

What will happen to my disability benefits when I retire?

Getting that acceptance letter that finally says you will be receiving Social Security disability benefits is usually a huge relief for people who felt like they had to jump through hoops to get to the benefits they deserve. If you're like some of our readers, that may have been the case for you as well. And because you likely worked hard to get access to them, you're probably just as eager to found out how they will work over time.

That's where this week's blog post comes in. If you're like anyone who is collecting disability benefits and nearing the age of 62, you might be wondering what will happen to your disability payments if you decide to start taking your retirement benefits early. By addressing this concern, we hope to give our readers a better idea of their benefits and what will happen to them when they reach retirement age.

Social Security disability benefits may help homeless veterans

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ website, homelessness among veterans is a serious concern and the subject of a recent initiative to gather more information. Community partners, VA staff and veterans alike can take an online survey to help federal officials make more informed actions in this cause.

Notably, the Obama administration has also indicated its commitment to ending homelessness among military veterans. Through an effort called the National Alliance to End Homelessness, over 180 municipal, state and other leaders have pledged their support for the cause.

Many of America's disabled workers fail to qualify for benefits

According to data from the Social Security Administration, around twenty percent of Americans live with disabilities. Yet the percentage of Americans receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits is not that high. The reason: The SSDI program has strict eligibility criteria.

Unlike other programs, such as workers’ compensation, private disability insurance or veterans’ benefits, SSDI eligibility is contingent on a worker being totally disabled. In practical terms, that means that a worker must have an illness, physical impairment or mental disability that makes it impossible to keep working in his or her field, or in any comparable employment activity. In addition, the disability must be long-term: terminal or expected to last for a minimum period of one year.

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