For disabled veterans interested in getting the best possible benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA), their disability rating is key. However, many veterans get a lower disability rating than they might otherwise be entitled to, which can only be fixed with an appeal. But what does it mean to appeal your VA disability rating, and why might you want to appeal your rating in the first place?
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There are many reasons that people might want to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, some types of disabilities are far more common than others, making up a larger proportion of the people who seek SSDI and SSI benefits. Here are seven of the most common disability seen among SSDI and SSI applicants:
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Every year, millions of people apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, but more than half of these applications are denied. Understanding how and why an SSDI or SSI application is denied is essential to ensuring your own application has the best chance possible of being accepted. Here are five of the most common reasons that people’s applications for SSDI or SSI benefits are denied:
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The Social Security Administration (SSA) has recently announced on its website that, as of April 7, 2022, it will be expanding its available in-person services at offices around the country. Specifically, it is increasing the availability of in-person staff who will be able to help people who walk into an SSA office without an appointment, to help them with applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. However, they still advise anyone who can to instead schedule an appointment, or to handle as much of the process as possible online or over the phone.
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When the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) issues its ruling on your veterans’ disability benefits, you might have a lot of questions about it. The process can be pretty opaque, and if you do not know what is involved, it may not make a lot of sense. If you keep in mind just a few things, though, you can better understand how the VA may have come to its conclusion: Continue reading “What Determines Your Veterans’ Disability Benefits Ruling?”
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)?”
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that recipients of benefits through the VA, including everyone receiving disability benefits, will automatically receive coronavirus checks without needing to file a tax return. This will help VA beneficiaries to survive in this difficult time, as unemployment soars and people struggle to make ends meet. The timing on when the checks will be issued has yet to be announced, however. Continue reading “Recipients of VA Benefits to Automatically Receive Coronavirus Check”
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has approved a request from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to waive a regulation that would normally disincentivize retired healthcare workers from employment at VA medical facilities. This regulation restricts the amount of money that retirees can receive, to reflect the added income from their retirement benefits. By waiving the regulation, they hope to attract medical professionals to come work at VA facilities to address the coronavirus crisis. Continue reading “VA Recruits Retired Healthcare Workers for COVID Care”
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that it is closing its offices to the public in response to the coronavirus outbreak. While it will still have online and phone assistance available, it will not be possible to have in-person communications with staff for the duration of the closures. These measures, while important, will nevertheless likely cause a delay for anyone waiting for an evaluation for disability benefits. Continue reading “SSA Offices Closed to Public During Coronavirus Outbreak”
When you apply for veterans’ disability benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, you may feel it is already an arduous and complicated process. You may think that, once you’re through the process and get awarded benefits, you are basically done and don’t need to worry anymore about whether you’ll get to have your benefits. However, anyone who receives veterans’ disability benefits may, at some point, be asked to go through a reexamination of their disability status. Continue reading “What is a Disability Reexamination?”