SSA Updates Definition of “Public Assistance Household” for SSI

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has finalized a rule change that will expand the definition of a “public assistance household” for the purposes of obtaining Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. This rule change will potentially increase the number of people who can access SSI, as well as increase the amount they receive in benefits. It also makes it easier for people to obtain disability benefits even if not everyone in their household would normally meet eligibility requirements.

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What is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are both major programs that people with disabilities rely upon across the United States. Despite both being administered through the Social Security Administration (SSA), however, there are significant differences between the two. But what exactly is the difference between SSI and SSDI, and why does it matter?

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Why Do Paperwork Errors Cause SSDI/SSI Rejections?

By far the most common reason that people have their applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) denied is due to paperwork errors. These often simple mistakes are easy to make, and often easy to correct, and yet they result in more denials than any other. But why are paperwork errors such a common problem, and what can you do to avoid them?

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SSA Warns People to Be Wary of Social Security Scams

On March 7, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it was celebrating its annual “Slam the Scam” day, warning people of the danger of Social Security scams. This day is meant to bring greater awareness of these types of scams to the general public to help them avoid being harmed by various types of fraud. Recipients of Social Security benefits should always remember to protect their personal information, and always be careful of advertisements or attempts at communication that do not come through official channels.

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Five Reasons You Might Need Social Security Disability Benefits

Every year, around two million people apply for Social Security disability benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The reasons that people do so are incredibly varied, because every person’s circumstances are unique. Here are five reasons why you might need to apply for Social Security disability benefits:

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How Can a Lawyer Help You With Your SSDI or SSI Application?

While it is entirely possible to fill out an application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on your own, the fact of the matter is that you should always consider speaking to an experienced lawyer first. Without their help, you are potentially inviting a greater risk of serious problems that could impede your ability to get disability benefits. But how exactly can a lawyer help with your SSDI or SSI application? Continue reading “How Can a Lawyer Help You With Your SSDI or SSI Application?”

Five Economic Reasons Your SSDI/SSI Claim Might Be Rejected

When people apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), they often do not realize there is an economic as well as medical aspect to their qualifications. For those who are not careful, it is possible to get disqualified on an economic basis even if you would otherwise qualify for disability benefits. Here are five economic reasons your SSDI or SSI claim might be rejected:

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New Bill Would Remove Taxes From Social Security Benefits

A new bill, introduced in the Senate in August 2022 as the “You Earned It, You Keep It Act,” would change current law to make it so Social Security benefits are no longer taxable. This would not only help recipients of Social Security retirement benefits, but also people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. This would not only allow people to keep more benefits instead of paying them in taxes, it could also help to extend the solvency of the program itself.

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Why Would You Need a Medical Exam to Get SSDI or SSI?

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) then there is a good chance that you will eventually need to get a medical examination to obtain your benefits. This examination is a potentially critical part of assessing your disability and determining whether you qualify for disability benefits. But why is it that you need to go through this kind of medical exam to get SSDI or SSI benefits?

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Improving Your Chances of Being Approved for SSDI/SSI

Every year, around half of all applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) have their applications denied. Often, these denials are the result of preventable issues, meaning you can increase your chances of approval by making sure you follow a few simple steps. Here are just some of the ways you can improve your chances of being approved for SSDI or SSI benefits:

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