What is the Federal SSI Income Limit?

Every year, more than 600,000 people across New York receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. For these people, and millions more around the country, Supplemental Security Income represents an important benefit that helps them to cover their expenses and keep a roof over their heads. However, SSI is subject to an income limit, and it is not as easy as it sounds to determine whether someone has reached that limit.

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VA Renews Partnership With IHS to Help Native American Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has announced that it is renewing its partnership with the Indian Health Service (IHS) to increase access to care for Native American and Alaska Native veterans. They are looking to improve access to Native American veterans who often suffer high barriers to accessing care, while also integrating the two healthcare systems to facilitate care. They are also looking to expand enrollment in the systems to help vulnerable populations better access the care they need.

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Why is the Acceptance Rate for SSDI/SSI Applications So Low?

According to statistics released by the Social Security Administration (SSA), the acceptance rate for Social Security disability benefits is shockingly low. Of the approximately two million applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that the SSA receives every year, only about 800,000 to 900,000 make it through the entire process. But why is that, and how can applicants increase their chances of acceptance?

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Five Ways To Maximize Your Chances At Obtaining VA Disability Benefits

If you are applying for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (also known as the VA), you may have questions about the process and what you should do. Fortunately, for most people the process is relatively simple, provided you follow certain basic steps. Here are five ways you can maximize your chances at getting VA disability benefits:

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Why Do I Need a Lawyer For My Social Security Disability Application?

Technically speaking, you do not need to have a lawyer present to fill out an application for Social Security disability benefits. That said, it can significantly increase your chances of having your application approved if you have a lawyer assist with your application. Why is this, and why is it worth it to have a Social Security disability lawyer help you with your case?

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Presumptive Period for Gulf War Veterans Extended Until 2026

In a recent press release, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it would be extending the presumptive period for veterans of the Persian Gulf War until December 31, 2026. This extension gives these veterans more time to apply for disability benefits if they are suffering from unspecified medical issues with no definitive diagnosis. It also means they may be able to recover benefits they might previously have been owed due to not having been properly diagnosed with a medical condition.

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Social Security Benefits to See 5.9% Increase in 2022

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that recipients of Social Security benefits will see a 5.9% increase in benefits in 2022. This represents the largest increase in Social Security  since at least 2008. This increase in benefits will affect retirees collecting Social Security retirement benefits, as well as people collecting disability benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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VA Begins Administering COVID-19 Booster Shots to Vulnerable Vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun the process of administering booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine for vulnerable veterans. This program has been put into place after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot, to help veterans who are at higher risk due to coronavirus infection. Booster shots for other vaccines, including those created by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are still under review, but are also expected to be offered once they are authorized.

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What You Need to Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are seeking disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), you are probably wondering what you need to apply. Fortunately, for the most part, you can probably find most of what you need at home, or with a bit of research. Here are five things you should have on hand when you begin applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI):

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Five Service-Related Disabilities That May Not Appear Right Away

Typically, when someone becomes disabled as a result of their military service, it is fairly obvious how they got their disability. However, a surprising number of veterans can spend months or years seemingly fine, only to manifest a service-related disability a long time afterwards. Here are five service-related disabilities that often do not appear right away:

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