Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance?

Do You Have Questions about the Social Security Disability Insurance Application Process? There are many questions that people have about social security disability insurance. One of the hardest parts is figuring out how the application process works. Navigating the system properly is a key part of having an application approved. To learn more about the […]

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Applying for Disability Benefits While Self Employed

There are many people who require disability benefits to make ends meet. Unfortunately, the qualification process for disability benefits under Social Security can be a confusing process which is made even more challenging depending on the types of earnings that an individual has. The Social Security department looks at the earnings from an employer differently […]

FICA Taxes

Fica is a federal payroll tax that is taken out of your paycheck and is used to pay for Social Security and Medicare programs which provide benefits for retirees, disabled persons and survivors. 6.2 % of your gross wages go to Social Security and 1.45% goes to Medicare. Your employer matches this amount for a […]

Questions About Changes to Medicaid

We have had many clients ask about how proposed cuts to Medicaid will affect people with disabilities. The most recent version of the Senate Republican bill will have a large impact on low- and moderate-income Americans. “The centerpiece of the Senate bill is a series of major reductions in federal aid for poor Americans who […]

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“Return to Work” Act

This month, Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., introduced the Social Security Disability Insurance Return to Work Act of 2017 (H.R.1540) in the House of Representatives. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined with two Senate conservatives recently to introduce the companion bill (S. 654) in the Senate to back a proposal reforming Social Security disability benefits. Noting that disability benefits […]

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Can Migraines Be A Disability?

Migraine headaches can be the basis for a finding of entitlement to Disability Benefits.  In determining if your headaches are considered to be disabling the Social Security Administration will look at the severity and frequency of the headaches. It is important that medical records contain a very detailed description of the typical headache symptoms, duration […]

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Can I get disability for my heart condition?

If you have a heart condition that makes it difficult or impossible to work, you may want to consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits.  Even if you do not have a long work history, you may be eligible for benefits, or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  But, before you start a claim, you will […]

Social Security disability benefits backlog is lengthy

Thousands of people nationwide seeking disability assistance are waiting months, or even years, for Social Security to hear their cases. The numbers for the Salt Lake City Office of Disability Adjudication and Review as of late September 2016 indicate an 18 month wait time from the date that a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge […]

Social Security Applicants Struggle for Disability Benefits

Social Security benefits can often be difficult to receive. This article by Elizabeth Earl of the Peninsula Clarion, provides a case study of an Alaskan fisherman and the process that many people go through when attempting to access benefits. Elizabeth includes the waiting game, the potential oversight, the medicine and the law that is common […]