“Long COVID” Becomes Growing Focus for Disability Advocates

While the coronavirus has not completely disappeared, a growing vaccination rate has led doctors and other medical experts to start looking at the aftereffects of the pandemic. Of particular concern is the phenomenon known as “long COVID,” which afflicts a startling number of victims of the virus. For disability advocates, this population of COVID-19 sufferers may prove to be the longest lasting legacy of the coronavirus pandemic, potentially leading to years or decades of care for affected individuals. Continue reading ““Long COVID” Becomes Growing Focus for Disability Advocates”

Obtaining SSI Benefits for Children With Disabilities

When most people think of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), they tend to think of adults who become unable to work due to illness or injury. However, a substantial number of SSI recipients are not adults, but rather children with medical conditions that cause severe impairment. Here is what you need to know about getting SSI for children with disabilities: Continue reading “Obtaining SSI Benefits for Children With Disabilities”

Five Common Reasons for Social Security Disability Claims

There are many reasons that people may need to apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Whether the result of illness or injury, a disability can be nearly impossible to manage without help from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, some causes are disproportionately seen in applicants for disability benefits. Here are five of the most common reasons people make SSDI or SSI disability claims: Continue reading “Five Common Reasons for Social Security Disability Claims”

Appealing Your SSDI or SSI Denial

As much as half of applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are denied every year. What many people do not realize, however, is that getting your application for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is not necessarily the end of the road. Here is what you need to know if you are interesting in appealing your SSDI or SSI denial: Continue reading “Appealing Your SSDI or SSI Denial”

What is the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)?

People who gain benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA) may have heard before of the Cost of Living Adjustment, also known as COLA. The COLA has a significant impact on the amount of money that people with Social Security benefits receive, including those who get disability benefits. But what exactly is it, and how does it impact recipients of benefits like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Continue reading “What is the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)?”

Understanding the Difference Between SSDI and SSI

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) have a lot in common. Both programs are intended to help people with disabilities, and both are administered through the Social Security Administration (SSA). And yet, there are a few key differences between the programs, which affect who is eligible and how much beneficiaries of those programs can receive. Continue reading “Understanding the Difference Between SSDI and SSI”

SSA Removes Waiting Period for ALS Patients

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is set to remove the standard five-month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applicants with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Removing this waiting period will help ALS patients to receive SSDI benefits more quickly, helping them to deal with their condition. These changes affect any current or future SSDI applicant with ALS who applied for disability benefits as of July 23, 2020. Continue reading “SSA Removes Waiting Period for ALS Patients”

Five Reasons People Have Social Security Disability Claims Denied

Every year, around two million people apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the two major programs for people with disabilities run through the Social Security Administration. However, less than half of these applications make it through the entire application process. Here are five major reasons why people have their applications denied: Continue reading “Five Reasons People Have Social Security Disability Claims Denied”

Five Things to Remember for Your DDS Evaluation

If you have applied for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), then there is a good chance that you will need to go for an evaluation at Disability Determination Services (DDS). This evaluation is an essential part of obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, there are five things you should know before you go for your DDS evaluation: Continue reading “Five Things to Remember for Your DDS Evaluation”

Applications for SSDI and SSI Down More than Ten Percent in 2020

According to preliminary statistics released by the Social Security Administration (SSA), the total number of applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) went down by more than 10% in 2020, compared to the previous year. This substantial decrease in applications for disability benefits seems to have coincided with the onset of the coronavirus epidemic. In addition, the total number of people receiving SSDI or SSI benefits went down, while the number of benefit terminations went up. Continue reading “Applications for SSDI and SSI Down More than Ten Percent in 2020”