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 […]

If I rent a room in my home, will it affect my SSI benefits?

The answer to this question depends on whether you rent or own the property. If you are a renter, and a roommate pays part of the rent, that is considered income for the landlord and should not affect your benefits.  However, it is prudent to add a roommate to the lease to avoid problems with […]

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

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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Can I get disability for my heart condition? Part 2

Heart conditions can be serious and can make it difficult or even impossible to work, thus qualifying you for Social Security Disability benefits. Social Security uses a 5 step process to determine eligibility which is featured in the first post of this series. The listings for heart conditions include the following: Chronic heart failure Ischemic […]

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Social Security service declines as waits at offices grow

Social Security Disability can be long and frustrating. As the wait-times increase, the service is declining, according to this article. Here is an excerpt: Unlike his fellow Republicans, President-elect Donald Trump has pledged not to reduce Social Security benefits. From his vantage point in Trump Tower, however, he might not realize that Social Security service […]

Social Security In The News

Social Security In the News Recently, you may have heard some negative stories about Social Security’s disability programs in the news. Some news outlets have described Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income as just another way for people to get something for nothing. However, these stories are not necessarily true and, in fact, most […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – New Ruling

NEW RULING RELATED TO CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME On April 3, 2014, the Social Security Administration published a new ruling SSR 14-1p, “Evaluating Claims Involving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” The ruling updates developments related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) since 1999 and the revisions seem to be very positive. The ruling lists symptoms that a person with […]