Government Shutdown and Social Security Operations

The Social Security Administration will continue nearly all operations during the government shutdown. Benefits will continue to be paid as scheduled, hearings will be held and claims processed. However, many less critical activities will be discontinued which will likely lead to overall longer wait times for claims processing. Specific information can be found in this […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Self Employment Income: The Comparability Test of Fair Compensation

If someone is able to pass the first test, the Social Security department will then apply the second test. This will be used to see whether or not someone is being compensated at a reasonable level for the work that is being performed. Of course, this is a subjective matter. Therefore, the department will compare […]

Self Employment Income: The First Test is Significant Income

The first of the three tests that the Social Security department will use is going to check and see if someone is either giving significant services or is earning a large income. This test has two separate arms that an individual will need to pass in order to move on to the next test. First, […]

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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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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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 […]