Social-Security

Social Security Raises the Cost of Living Adjustment on All Benefits

    The numbers are in!  The Social Security Administration has announced a 1.6% cost of living adjustment for all benefits.  This is good news for 69 million retirees, disabled individuals and dependent survivors of deceased workers.  In many recent years, the Social Security Administration did not make an increase in benefits.  The adjustment was zero in […]

Protecting Assets for Disabled Individuals

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits have strict income and asset guidelines. Generally, an individual can only have two thousand dollars and a couple can only have three thousand dollars in assets to qualify for SSI benefits.  Assets are defined as cash or items that can be converted to cash. A primary residence, a single vehicle […]

Understanding Social Security Benefits: The Childcare Dropout Years

There are many people who rely on Social Security Disability benefits to support themselves. In order for someone to budget properly, they need to know how much support they are going to receive financially from the Social Security Administration. There are numerous factors that are going to play a role when the Social Security Administration […]

Social Security 2100 Bill: Seeking To Make Social Security More Solvent

Social Security 2100 is a bill before Congress which is scheduled for a hearing in July 2019.  Among other things, the bill proposes to make the Social Security Trust Fund more solvent as well as increase the income and lifestyle of retirees and disabled individuals.  The bill includes a benefit increase for current and new […]

Is Our Social Security System Solvent?

According to a report by the Trustees last week week, our SSI system is working well. “The most important take-away from the 2019 Social Security Trustees Report is that our Social Security system continues to work well for the American people.” The annual report shows the Social Security System is in solid financial health with […]

How Social Security Analyzes Mental Impairments

When evaluating a claim based on mental illness, the Social Security Administration requires a diagnosis of a mental impairment as well as proof of functional impairment which results from the mental impairment. Functional impairments are divided into four main categories and an individual must demonstrate they suffer from marked impairment in at least two categories […]

Comparing Video Hearings with In-Person Hearings

The internet, video chatting, and cell phones have changed the way that the Social Security Administration operates. One of the recent changes is the opportunity for individuals to attend their Social Security disability hearing via video instead of in-person. What are a few of the benefits of a disability hearing video instead of having to […]

Learn More From Our Social Security Disability Hearing Video

There are many people who rely on the Social Security Disability benefits to keep their lights on, put food on the table, and keep a roof over their head. Unfortunately, the application process can be confusing for many people. How does the Social Security Disability benefits application process work? What are the factors that disability […]

Social Security: How Does the Government Shutdown Affect You and Your Benefits?

The unprecedented government shutdown continues to drag on and everyone is starting to feel the sting. Federal workers are missing their paychecks, the lines at the airport continue to grow, and people are starting to worry about what will happen next. While many government departments are still operating as planned, it is a valid question […]

Benefits for a Closed Period of Time

When people are thinking about applying for disability benefits, time is of the essence. Once a diagnosis is made, especially a diagnosis like cancer or other life-shortening illness, the clock is ticking. Because of this, it is vital to file for disability benefits from the Department of Social Security as quickly as possible. Based on […]