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How does the Student Earned Income Exclusion affect SSI benefits?

Oklahomans who are receiving Social Security disability benefits through the Supplemental Security Income program, are under age 22 and regularly attend school need to be aware of the Student Earned Income Exclusion. This allows people who fall into this category to exclude income and still receive SSI benefits. Since SSI is based on need, this is important. The amount generally changes on an annual basis and, for 2017, the amount that can be excluded is $1,790 per month and can be as much as $7,200 per year.

Social Security disability for the blind or vision impaired

Blind Oklahomans or those who have low vision might not know that there are certain special rules that might let them receive benefits while they are unable to work. There are two programs under Social Security disability that allow those with vision issues to get benefits. They are the Supplemental Security Income program and the Social Security Disability Insurance program. The medical requirements for each are the same.

How the president's budget might affect SSD benefits

Oklahomans who are suffering from a condition, injury or illness that they believe is severe enough to warrant Social Security disability benefits might not be interested in politics or how the government goes about overseeing the various programs available to people in their situation. However, changes are frequently proposed that can alter how the SSD benefits are approved, how long they will last and other factors. Having a basis understanding of this is important.

What if a military member whose child gets SSI is deployed?

Oklahoma has many people who are in the military and it also has many children who are getting Supplemental Security Income. In some cases, these two factors combine. A concern that many military members have is whether the SSI benefits for their children will continue if the parent is sent overseas. There are special rules for children of military personnel.

What is the five-step process for SSD benefits?

For Oklahomans who are suffering from a condition, illness or disability and believe that they warrant Social Security disability benefits, the simplest factors in an approval or disapproval are often lost in the shuffle. Included in these matters is the five-step process that the Social Security Administration utilizes to determine whether the person meets the requirements. Knowing these is vital to a case, especially when the claimant is denied Social Security.

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