Social Security Benefits & Payment Amounts Explained

Understanding social security disability and SSDI payment amounts can be confusing to the average person. Your payment amounts are likely to be different from the person next door because everyone’s situation is different. Perhaps, your payments could be lower than you actually qualify for, meaning that you are missing out on significant benefits. Using an […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]