How the SSA Plans on Getting Social Security Disability to More Americans

Posted: 08/04/2014

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has come under heavy scrutiny for failing to meet both a sustainable budget and processing deadlines for new Social Security Disability claims. However, the agency recently announced its plan to address these problems with advancements in technology and a better strategy.

The SSA’s Open Government Plan 3.0 outlines four goals:

    1. Improve Transparency- The SSA would like to expand presence on the web, provide better data for research, better utilize social media, and provide workers with better tools to do their job.
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    Evidence That Helps Decide Social Security Disability Claims

    Posted: 08/01/2014

    Every day, thousands of Americans suffer injuries or are diagnosed with health conditions that leave them unable to work. Social Security Disability benefits may be an option for many of these individuals, but the getting claims approved can be difficult. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies as many as 60 percent of initial claims they receive.

    This leaves many disabled citizens questioning how to get Social Security Disability benefits. Read more »

    Social Security Common Conditions: Epilepsy

    Posted: 07/30/2014

    Estimates show there are more than 2 million Americans suffering from epilepsy. In one-third of those cases, there is no effective treatment, leaving victims to suffer uncontrollable disruptions of electrical signals traveling between neurons in the brain.

    Many epileptics are unable to work due of their medical conditions, but assistance is available through Social Security Disability that can act as a source of income. However, there are several standards that epilepsy disability cases must meet to qualify for benefits. Read more »

    Report Highlights Social Security Disability Processing Failures

    Posted: 07/28/2014

    The Social Security Administration has been working to implement a computerized Social Security Disability claim processing system that would improve efficiency. But a new report has been released which states the new program has been a failure while offering several suggestions for improvement.

    The Baltimore Sun reports that Lockheed Martin was in charge of designing the $300 million web-based system to eliminate the need for the Social Security Administration to maintain 54 unique processing systems. Read more »

    Social Security Common Conditions: Lupus

    Posted: 07/25/2014

    There are millions of Americans who qualify for Social Security Disability benefits—and many suffer from Lupus. In fact, estimates from the Lupus Foundation of America show as many as 1.5 million Americans suffer from the disease. This leaves many citizens wondering what Lupus is and what options for assistance are available to victims of the disease.

    Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack healthy tissues, such as bones, organs, and the skin. Read more »

    Are My Social Security Disability Benefits Taxable?

    Posted: 07/23/2014

    Many disabled Americans who receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits have a hard time stretching their assistance far enough to make ends meet. One of the reasons behind this problem is that the federal government taxes SSD benefits, which takes away crucial dollars from people who need help the most.

    An article from Forbes magazine explains the regulations overseeing the taxation of Social Security Disability benefits can be so complicated that even tax professionals have a hard time understanding the rules. Read more »

    3 Reasons for Social Security Disability Denials

    Posted: 07/21/2014

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates that as many as 60 percent of initial claims are denied. This leaves many applicants wondering what some of the common reasons for Social Security Disability (SSD) denials are, and what can be done to avoid such pitfalls.

    Three reasons the SSA denies SSD claims include:

      1. Incomplete Paperwork- Missing pieces of information—such as claims forms—can lead to claims being denied.
      2. Missing Deadlines- There are statutes of limitations for taking certain actions or submitting certain documents.
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      What Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

      Posted: 07/18/2014

      There are millions of Americans who are unable to work because they suffer from mental or physical conditions, leaving them with limited resources for income. Help is available to many of these individuals through Social Security Disability benefits, but many U.S. citizens continue to question what conditions will necessarily qualify for the program.

      There is currently a list—known as the compassionate allowances— of more than 200 conditions that automatically qualify for expedited processing of a disability claim. Read more »

      How to Determine Your Social Security Disability Eligibility

      Posted: 07/14/2014

      There are many struggles you may face if you’re unable to work because of an injury or illness, but one of the most difficult hurdles to overcome is getting financial support to cover your day-to-day expenses. Luckily, programs like Social Security Disability (SSD) are available for many suffering from disabilities. However, you may have questions about qualifying for SSD benefits.

      The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines Social Security Disability eligibility by asking three questions:

      • Can you do the work you did prior to accident or illness?
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      Get Prepared With the Social Security Disability Planner

      Posted: 07/11/2014

      Sometimes you can’t see an accident or serious illness coming. These situations can leave you struggling with medical bills and other expenses. Unfortunately, many Americans don’t even know where to begin to prepare for emergency situations.

      The combination of a lack of proper planning and the high costs that come with injuries and illnesses have created a destructive cycle many Americans are facing, but luckily there are resources to help.

      The Social Security Administration (SSA) has launched a Social Security Disability planner that can help ensure you will be covered in the event you need benefits. Read more »