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While the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) is not known for moving quickly on  claims for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits s (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) it does have several programs that expedite claims processing. Compassionate Allowance. The SSA’s Compassionate Allowances program enables the SSA to quickly provide disability benefits to applicants who have conditions that […]

Are you disabled and reaching retirement age? If you are, and you have been thinking about applying for early retirement and Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) at the same time, here are some things you should know. You Can Do Both. Many people believe that you cannot file for early retirement at […]

As you may have learned from one of our previous blog posts, making sure that you have the correct Alleged Onset Date (“onset date” or “AOD”) of your disability when you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), is critical. The Date You Allege You Became Permanently Disabled. To quickly review, […]

You might think that once you are awarded Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) you can forget all about having to communicate with the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). Wrong. It may not come up often, but there will be times when you will need to contact the SSA. Like when? Like when… […]

Medical records are critical to the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) disability determinations. When someone applies for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) disability examiners, who work for the SSA, need objective medical evidence to base a decision of “disabled” or “not disabled” on. It is in the quest of that medical evidence that […]

Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) is a financial “needs-based” program available to qualified disabled children and individuals who have very limited income and assets. SSI provides a monthly stipend to individuals who qualify for assistance. Health Care Coverage and SSI. The SSI program is a federal program that is designed to provide income to the aged, […]

Here’s the good news: everyone eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is eligible for Medicare. Here’s the bad news: you may have to wait 2 years for health care coverage. And here’s more not-so-good news: the start date for that 2-year waiting period does not begin with the month you […]

Since the majority of claims for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) end up going to hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) with the Social Security Administration (“SSA”), it is best to know what you can expect at a hearing. Administrative Hearings. The first thing you should be aware of is […]

Many people think that you cannot work and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) or that you cannot apply for disability benefits if you are still working. Not true. You can. You just need to be aware of a few things. Here are two important points that you must keep in mind […]

If you have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), initially and at reconsideration (if your state has a reconsideration process), you may still have a chance at winning disability benefits, if you appeal. Administrative Hearings. In states other than Missouri (where the reconsideration level of appeal has been eliminated) the […]