Social Security Special Rules For People Over Age 50

Social Security: Special Rules and Medical Vocational Guidelines for Those Over 50

Those who are over 50 and applying for Social Security should take note of the special rules called Medical Vocational Guidelines that apply to them. After 50, Social Security uses these rules to decide whether or not they believe someone has the ability to continue to work. These guidelines are in place because entry-level jobs […]

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SSDI claims, applications, allowances & appeals – THE NUMBERS ARE IN!

The Social Security Administration has released information on the number of claims for disability benefits filed and approved in 2017.  For 2017, there were 2,179,928 applications filed.  There were a total of 762,141 awards or allowances of disability benefits allowed.  That equates to a 35% allowance rate.  This percentage equates to the number of claims […]

SSDI Special Rules over 50

Social Security Special Rules: What Kind of Work is Relevant?

One of the safety nets that people have when experiencing a disability is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). There are several factors that will play a role in determining not only whether or not someone receives benefits but also to what extent these benefits are provided. (Click for details.) One of these has to do […]

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Need-Based Benefits are Available: SSI

For people who are in need of some additional income to help keep their family and children sheltered and fed, there are benefits available that they could qualify for. One example is called Supplemental Security Income, also known as SSI. This is a need-based benefit and there are a number of criteria that people could […]

Social Security Disability Benefits 2018 Increase

Social Security Benefits Set to Increase in 2018

If you receive Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits, here’s some good news. The Social Security Administration has announced these benefits will increase by 2% for the annual Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2018. This means that more than 66 million Americans will have some extra money in their pockets. This year’s increase is […]

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How are Disability Benefits from Social Security Calculated?

Unfortunately, some people are injured and have a premature end to their career. They rely on this income to keep themselves and their family afloat; however, this income disappears if they stop working. Fortunately, there are Social Security Disability benefits available. When people have worked for a significant number of years, they build up credits […]

Wait Time for Social Security Disability Benefits

Wait Time for Social Security Disability Benefits

When you apply for disability benefits, you must choose a date that you became disabled. This date is called an alleged onset date. The date is not simply the first time you felt you couldn’t work, or the first time you received a certain diagnosis, though sometimes these can correspond with your alleged onset date. […]

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Self Employment Income: The Return to Work Test

While the first two tests are the ones that are used most when determining whether or not someone is entitled to receive benefits, there is also a third test that is used to apply to people who are thinking about starting a business or returning to work more than 24 years after they first started […]