Category Archives: Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability helps people who work

People with disabilities are challenged with both overcoming barriers and with convincing others that those barriers do not define them. That’s why we wanted to mark this October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month by reminding you that Social Security is … Continue reading

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How You Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. Then you must have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. In general, we pay monthly cash benefits to … Continue reading

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Social Security: a woman’s perspective

Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will … Continue reading

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What are the requirements for receiving disabled widow’s benefits?

You may be able to get disabled widow(er)’s benefits at age 50 if your disability must have started before age 60 and within seven years of the latest of the following dates: the month the worker died; the last month … Continue reading

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Top Ten Mistakes Social Security Makes on Your Disability Case That Get Your Case Remanded

Because only one-quarter to one-third of disability applications are approved at the initial level, a successful disability claim usually requires more than one appeal. While many disability applicants win their cases after a hearing in front of an administrative law … Continue reading

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Faster benefit decisions for veterans

On Memorial Day, as we pay tribute to the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, we also share some news about Social Security disability benefits for veterans with disabilities: a new expedited disability process. We … Continue reading

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U.S. veterans continue to see backlog in disability claims

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is launching an initiative to decrease the number of veterans throughout the country still waiting on disability compensation. Dr. Tommy Sowers, the assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, said filing claims on paper is not … Continue reading

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Social Security to Expedite Veteran Social Security Disability Claims

Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, along with Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) today unveiled a new initiative to expedite disability claims by veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total … Continue reading

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US Department of Education reforms rules to allow for debt foregiveness for disabled

Under federal law, someone who becomes severely disabled after taking out student loans is now eligible to have their debt forgiven. Under the new rules, the Education Department will recognize Social Security award letters as proof of disability, streamlining the … Continue reading

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How Are Social Security Disability (and SSI) Backpayments Calculated?

“When you are awarded Social Security or SSI disability benefits, Social Security may owe you more than just your awarded monthly disability checks. How much you are owed depends on different factors, including the type of disability benefits you are … Continue reading

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