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Posts tagged "Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)"

Bill would end SSDI waiting period for terminally ill

Normally, when the Social Security Administration approves a disabled claimant’s application for Social Security Disability Insurance, called SSDI, the claimant must wait five months for monthly benefits to begin. This can be a hardship for a person without income because of disabling impairment as the bills have likely already started to pile up.

SSDI and SSI: What are the listings?

Federal law specifically defines "disability" for purposes of eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, referred to as SSDI and SSI, respectively. As we have blogged about before, the Social Security Administration (SSA), uses a five-step process to determine whether a claimant meets the definition.

Disability determination should use multiple sources, study says

When deciding if someone can work despite having severe physical or mental medical impairments, ordinarily the decision-maker should consider multiple sources of information, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Evidence from vocational testing, medical records and other sources may be necessary to adequately assess a person's ability to sustain productive work activity over time.

What happens at a Social Security Disability hearing?

If your Social Security Disability application is denied, you have the option to ask for a hearing in front of an administrative law judge, who will reconsider your application and evidence surrounding your claim.

Which digestive disorders can lead to disability benefits?

Severe digestive disorders can impair a person's ability to work and function normally, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) knows this. That's why sufferers can be approved for Social Security Disability benefits if they are able to meet the SSA's application requirements.

Too many Americans are dying waiting for SSDI

Last month, USA Today published a heartbreaking investigative report on how thousands of Americans die each year waiting for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) appeals to be decided. Advocates say this should not be happening, considering that SSDI applicants have paid into the SSDI insurance fund through employment taxes.

Going back to work while on Social Security Disability

Applying for and securing Social Security Disability (SSD) is no easy feat. That’s probably why so many people who receive benefits are reluctant to try working again. They worry about their disability becoming worse or getting in the way of performing their job. They worry about first losing benefits and then losing their job and being left with no income.

Lady Gaga becomes unlikely spokesperson for fibromyalgia, part 2

In our last post, we discussed how singer and actress Lady Gaga has shined a spotlight on fibromyalgia since the release of her Netflix documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two” and her press tour for the latest remake of “A Star is Born,” which she stars in alongside Bradley Cooper.