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How Social Media Could Be Used to Impact Disability Determinations

In its budget request to Congress for 2020, Social Security is looking to expand the use of social media networks in disability determinations. This is in part to help cut down on fraud and identify people who claim Social Security Disability benefits without being disabled. Social media has become a popular means of interaction. However, […]

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Understanding Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments

Most years, a disability recipient can get a cost-of-living adjustment or COLA, which is an increase made to his or her Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplement Security Income (SSI) benefits. This increase helps to counteract the effects of inflation Social Security recipients face and represents¬†the adjusted benefit recipients should expect to receive for […]

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The Importance of Cooperating During the Disability Claims Process

When filing a disability claim, you will be working with several individuals, including a Social Security claims representative. He or she will be the face of the Social Security Administration (SSA) while your claim is being processed. This individual is responsible for determining whether you are eligibile for disability benefits. This is why it is […]

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Applying for Disability With a Qualifying Condition for Compassionate Allowance

While the application process for disability benefits can take several months to over a year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes every effort to ensure that those who qualify for compassionate allowances are approved quickly and efficiently. The wait time to receive disability benefits is greatly reduced because the SSA provides expedited processing for serious […]

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How Disability Recipients Can Prevent and Manage Overpayments

Regardless if you receive a monthly disability payment through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you may be overpaid at any given time. Overpayments occur when disability recipients receive more funds from the Social Security Administration (SSA) than the amount they should have been paid. You will be liable to pay […]

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Do Social Security Disability Benefits Vary By State or Remain the Same?

As a federally-funded program, disability benefits issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers financial help to those who suffer from a disabling condition and cannot work. An approved claim could help cover medical bills and daily living expenses. Although most disability benefits remain the same regardless of where you live, they could vary state-to-state […]

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How to Check the Status of a Pending Social Security Disability Claim

Most applicants want to check the status of their disability claim because of how long it takes to get a decision. It could take several months to find if the Social Security Administration (SSA) either approved or denied your claim for disability benefits. If you received a rejection letter and go through appealing the decision, […]

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Would My Disability Benefits Increase If My Medical Condition Worsens?

Whether you have been approved or already receiving disability benefits, you may be wondering if these benefits will increase if your medical condition gets worse. Unfortunately, the amount of Social Security disability paid out does not depend on how severe your disability is or how much your condition limits your daily life. There are, however, […]

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Qualifying For Disability Benefits If You Do Not Pay Income Taxes

When a disability recipient is getting paid under the table or off the books, perhaps to make additional wages, he or she is not paying taxes on this income. Doing so can jeopardize the recipient's ability to receive disability benefits. This is because the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program requires meeting certain work history […]

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Getting Approved for Disability If You Cannot Afford to See a Doctor

If you have been unable to see a doctor for your medical condition, you are not taking medication or receiving treatment, it could be much more difficult to get approval for disability benefits. Part of the application process is providing medical records and documentation to convince the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your condition is […]

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