SSA Announces New Remote Video Hearings

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that it will begin using teleconferencing software over the internet to conduct remote hearings for people with proceedings before the SSA. Until now, they have struggled to conduct hearings remotely due to technological limitations, causing delays and difficulties. However, by better integrating video conferencing technology, the SSA hopes to facilitate hearings for people applying for disability benefits.

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Five Potential Problems When Applying for Veterans’ Disability Benefits

If you have served in the military and suffered a physical or psychological disability as a result, you are entitled to disability benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). However, before you can gain access to those benefits, you first must go through an application process, during which problems can potentially arise. Here are five potential problems you may face when applying for veterans’ disability benefits: Continue reading “Five Potential Problems When Applying for Veterans’ Disability Benefits”

The Five Steps of Applying for Disability Benefits Through the SSA

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can seem daunting, especially if you have only recently become disabled. However, it is not nearly as difficult as it initially seems, and you do not need to go through the process alone. Here are the five basic steps you need to take if you want to apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA): Continue reading “The Five Steps of Applying for Disability Benefits Through the SSA”

What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

When people apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), typically they are thinking of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). However, not everyone with a disability may necessarily qualify for SSDI benefits, especially if they are young or have not been able to work for a long time. But for people who do not qualify for SSDI, they still may be able to receive benefits through Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which can help with covering basic expenses in a manner like SSDI. Continue reading “What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?”

How the SSA Makes a Disability Determination

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is responsible for determining who receives disability benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, the process for determining who qualifies for SSDI or SSI can seem complicated or opaque. What, exactly, goes into a disability determination by the SSA? Continue reading “How the SSA Makes a Disability Determination”

Senate Introduces Measure to Help Veterans Affected by Toxic Exposure

Among disabled veterans, few groups have more difficulty obtaining compensation for their disabilities than those who suffer because of toxic exposure. These veterans often find it difficult to prove that their injuries are tied to their military service, making it difficult for them to obtain compensation for their injuries. Now, however, a measure has been introduced in the Senate that, if passed, would make it easier for veterans suffering from toxic exposure to seek treatment for their conditions. Continue reading “Senate Introduces Measure to Help Veterans Affected by Toxic Exposure”

Obtaining Work Credits for Social Security Disability Insurance

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) through the Social Security Administration (SSA), chances are that you have heard the term “work credits” before. This is because applying for SSDI benefits requires meeting two primary criteria: having a verifiable disability that prevents you from working and amassing sufficient work credits. But what are work credits, and how do you obtain enough to qualify for SSDI? Continue reading “Obtaining Work Credits for Social Security Disability Insurance”

What Does it Mean to Be 100 Percent Disabled According to the VA?

If you are a disabled veteran and have undergone an assessment for your disability status, then you have likely been assigned a number representing what “percent” disabled you are. This number is crucial for determining the amount of benefits you receive from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), including the amount of compensation you receive each month. But what does it mean to be one hundred percent disabled, or any other percent, and how do they come to that determination? Continue reading “What Does it Mean to Be 100 Percent Disabled According to the VA?”

Government Offices Reopen but COVID Danger Remains

The coronavirus pandemic brought almost every aspect of life to a halt for months, with many businesses and government offices, including those of the Social Security Administration, forced to close or operate on a limited basis. In New York, at least, the rate of infection is on the downturn, which has allowed government functions to return to a semblance of normalcy. However, that does not mean the danger from the coronavirus is gone, or that you should not take precautions to avoid infection, especially if you are suffering from a physical disability that may make you vulnerable to coronavirus infection. Continue reading “Government Offices Reopen but COVID Danger Remains”

When Should You Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are the two primary forms of economic relief that the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides to Americans with disabilities. However, simply because you have a disability does not mean that applying for SSDI or SSI is appropriate for you. So how should you know if you should be applying for disability benefits from the SSA? Continue reading “When Should You Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?”