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How is the decision for approving or denying SSD benefits made?

Sometimes the basics of receiving Social Security Disability benefits can be the most confusing aspect of the entire process. Obviously, the requirements must be met. But before moving forward with a claim for SSD benefits, there are certain questions that will be asked by the SSA when making the determination. Knowing what they are and how to prove that the SSD benefits are warranted is key to the entire application.

The employment status will be important. If the applicant is working and earns more than a certain amount per month, the SSA will not view the person as disabled. The amount changes on an annual basis. For those who are not working or earn the current amount the SSA uses or less, the application will move on to the next step: whether the medical condition is considered "severe." The medical condition must be a significant impediment to being able to perform basic activities related to work. These include being able to stand, sit, lift, walk and remember for a minimum of 12 months. If this is not met, there will not be an approval for benefits.

The "Worn Out Worker" Rule: SSD Benefits for Heavy Laborers

When you, a close friend or family member have spent the majority of your viable years earning a living through so-called "unskilled" heavy labor, it's not unusual to eventually find that your health has been negatively affected. What, then, do you do if you find yourself unable to continue doing the hard work you have done for years or decades - the work that financially supported you and your family?

Fortunately, there may be an option for getting financial support under a lesser known Social Security provision - known as the "worn out worker" rule - that allows injured heavy laborers to claim disability benefits.

How do living arrangements affect SSI benefits?

Oklahomans might know that Supplemental Security Income is for those who are 65 or older, blind or disabled and fall below a certain income threshold. There are other areas of nuance that they should also be aware of. Included is the living arrangements of the recipient of SSI benefits. Knowing how the living arrangements can affect SSI is essential after being approved.

The living arrangements can influence how much the claimant receives in SSI benefits. For a person who lives alone paying for his or her own food and shelter, it is possible to receive a maximum of SSI regardless of whether the residence is owned or rented. It is also possible to receive the maximum when living in another person's household provided the recipient pays for his or her own food and shelter. If part or none of the food and shelter are paid by the recipient, the benefits can be lowered by as much as one-third. In general, the amount in SSI is determined based on income and not living expenses.

Social Security changes to look for in 2017

If you keep up with Social Security news, you know the program is in constant flux. With a new administration in the White House, however, 2017 is likely to be even more tumultuous than previous years.

Although it's still somewhat early to make a forecast with 100 percent certainty, there are some important changes that beneficiaries ought to understand.

What is Ticket to Work under Social Security disability?

Many Oklahomans who are seeking or already receiving disability benefits from Social Security would like to try and get back into the workforce if possible. However, they are frequently confused as to whether getting back to work will negatively impact their benefits. Understanding the federal regulations and the requirements under the Ticket to Work program is imperative before taking part. There are key factors that must be understood.

The Ticket to Work Program is voluntary for people who are between the ages of 18 and 64 and are blind, disabled or are getting Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. Its goals are the following: to provide with a disability recipient a chance to get back to work; raise their independence and ability to self-support; and lower or potentially end the need to receive disability.

Changes made to some of the rules regarding SSD claims

The Social Security Disability claims process is governed by a complex set of regulations. Sometimes, changes are made to these rules. Some such changes took effect last week.

The changes regard rules on what weight disability officials are to give certain types of evidence when considering a person's application for SSD benefits.

SSDI and SSI: what separates these two forms of financial support?

It is easy to just lump the two critical forms of financial support offered by the Social Security Administration -- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) -- together. But these are two distinct forms of financial support with different functions and different qualifications.

Social Security Disability Insurance is a system that someone "pays into." You must have at least 20 quarters of coverage over the last 10 years in order to qualify for SSDI, in addition to having a substantiated disability that has lasted for at least 12 months. There are other guidelines and rules for SSDI benefits, but these are the basic ones.

Who is eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?

For those individuals who work hard for their living, a severe injury can prevent them from providing for themselves and their loved one. Fortunately, there are government programs that can assist people who are in these types of situations. One such program is the Social Security Disability Insurance program.

This government program provides benefits to disabled individuals who are qualified to receive them. The question then becomes, who is actually eligible for these benefits?

Applying for social security benefits

Whatever disability or disorder you suffer from, remember that there is help in the form of social security benefits available to you. Understanding how to apply, where to apply, and why consulting with an attorney during this process is key to making sure you receive the proper benefits. 

Do I qualify for disability if I have a mental illness?

Did you know that you can apply for social security disability benefits if you have a mental illness and meet the established standards?

If you used to work and cannot any more due to your long term and potentially fatal medical condition you may be able to apply for benefits. 

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