Social Security Benefits

Social Security Disability Payments to Cease in 2017?

Funds for Social Security Disability payments may run dry by 2017, according to a new analysis done by The Congressional Budget Office. The CBO attributes this to both…

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A Closer Look at the 2016 Social Security COLA

Social Security Disability benefits are a crucial part of millions of American’s incomes. Each year, benefits amounts are examined to ensure they are in line with the cost…

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AARP Launches Campaign to Safeguard Social Security and Medicare

May 5, 2011 AARP kicked off a new, multi-million dollar campaign yesterday to protect retirees from potentially “detrimental” budget cuts to Social Security and Medicare. A recent AARP…

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AARP Under Fire for Alleged Change in Social Security Stance

The Wall Street Journal stoked yet another Social Security-related flame late last week when it reported that the AARP has changed its stance and now supports cuts to Social…

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AARP Launches Social Security Benefits Calculator

AARP recently rolled out a new feature on its website to help seniors calculate at what age to begin collecting Social Security payments. The interactive tool is designed…

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Lawmakers Seek Approval Of The ABLE Act For Disability Recipients

August 1, 2013 Social Security Disability and other similar benefits provide financial resources to those who are unable to work due to a mental or physical impairments. The…

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Changes Made to Social Security Disability Eligibility With Approval of the ABLE Act

Getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult enough, but keeping benefits after you’ve been approved can be just as arduous. One of the most frustrating…

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How Supplemental Security Income Can Help if Your Loved One Is Disabled

There are millions of Americans who are unable to work because of a disabling condition they suffer from, but not all of those individuals are work-age adults who…

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Social Security Administration defends reason for not increasing benefits

The Social Security Administration announced that the cost of living had not risen, with inflammation low because of the slow economy, according to washintonindependent.com. It’s the reason they’re…

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Improvements to Social Security benefits, Medicare may ensure future for retirees

May 3, 2011 The potential changes being presented to Social Security benefits have caused anxiety for many Americans, especially those with plans to retire soon. Janet Witt, grassroots…

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When Applying for Social Security Disability, You May Face Long Waits

One of the most difficult aspects of applying for Social Security Disability benefits is the amount of time the process can take. In fact, it could take years…

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Always Report Changes to Your Social Security Disability Status

When a person is awarded Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the amount they receive is based on several factors including income, work history, marital status, and even the…

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Social Security benefit age could be raised

November 11, 2011 Members of Congress are considering raising the Social Security retirement age to 68 and reduce annual cost-of-living increases, according to lifeandheathinsurancenews.com. The panel appointed by…

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Can U.S. Immigrants Receive Supplemental Security Income?

December 6, 2013 The federal government offers assistance to citizens who are permanently disabled through programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, a common question is whether…

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Does Alzheimer’s Disease Qualify Patients for Social Security Disability Benefits?

November 20, 2013 Individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are often left unable to work due to memory loss and behavior issues brought on by the degeneration of the…

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Does Alzheimer’s Disease Qualify Patients for Social Security Disability Benefits?

November 20, 2013 Individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are often left unable to work due to memory loss and behavior issues brought on by the degeneration of the…

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Does Alzheimer’s Disease Qualify Patients for Social Security Disability Benefits?

November 20, 2013 Individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are often left unable to work due to memory loss and behavior issues brought on by the degeneration of the…

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February Focuses On Raising Awareness of Debilitating Diseases

February 7, 2014 The month of February is a time to raise awareness of several debilitating conditions many Americans face every day. The American Heart Association has named…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Amputation Disability

The loss of a limb can leave you unable to perform your job duties and may entitle you to Social Security Disability benefits. But it’s important to understand…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Qualifications For Benefits Following Amputation

September 13, 2013 The loss of a limb due to an accident can have devastating effects on an individual’s ability to perform work duties. The Social Security Disability…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Anemia

What Is Anemia? Anemia is a condition that affects the lives of approximately 3.5 million Americans each day. It’s caused by the body’s inability to produce enough red…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Anemia Disability

What Is Anemia? Anemia is a condition that affects the lives of approximately 3.5 million Americans each day. It’s caused by the body’s inability to produce enough red…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Anemia

What Is Anemia? Anemia is a condition that affects the lives of approximately 3.5 million Americans each day. It’s caused by the body’s inability to produce enough red…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Anemia Disability

What Is Anemia? Anemia is a condition that affects the lives of approximately 3.5 million Americans each day. It’s caused by the body’s inability to produce enough red…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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Lawmaker Claims ‘Back Pain’ and ‘Anxiety’ Prove Need for Social Security Disability Reform

Our nation’s Social Security system has come under heavy scrutiny after lawmakers stated the program’s budget could face shortfalls as early as this year. One particular legislator, Senator…

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Lawmaker Claims ‘Back Pain’ and ‘Anxiety’ Prove Need for Social Security Disability Reform

Our nation’s Social Security system has come under heavy scrutiny after lawmakers stated the program’s budget could face shortfalls as early as this year. One particular legislator, Senator…

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How to Appeal a Denied Social Security Disability Claim

If your claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits was denied, you're not alone. As many as 70 percent of all initial claims for SSD benefits are rejected…

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Upgrades to Online System Makes Appealing Your Social Security Disability Claim Easier

Getting approved to receive Social Security Disability benefits is no easy task. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports up to 65 percent of claims are initially turned…

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Resources to Use While Applying for Social Security Disability

Finding all the resources you need when applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a painstaking task. That’s why the team of attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos &…

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Previous Projections of Social Security Disability Benefits Trust Fund Depletion May Be Flawed

Studies Show Projection Data Is Flawed New research indicates projections about the financial status of our nation’s retirement and disability trust funds may not be accurate. Currently, estimates…

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Getting the Benefits You Need When Applying for Social Security Disability

The process of applying for and being approved to receive Social Security Disability benefits can be complicated. But it seems as though many disabled Americans continue to struggle…

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When Applying for Social Security Disability, You May Face Long Waits

One of the most difficult aspects of applying for Social Security Disability benefits is the amount of time the process can take. In fact, it could take years…

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Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Has Doubled Since 1980

Almost eighty years ago, our nation created the Social Security program to provide income for citizens who were no longer able to work. Since that time, the program…

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New Contingency Plan Protects Social Security Disability Operations

The Social Security Administration is responsible for handling all processes of the Social Security Disability (SSD) program. These operations are handled by thousands of government employees on a…

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After You’re Approved for Social Security Disability, What Factors Could Affect Your Claim and Payments?

While many disabled Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits believe their financial problems are solved when their claim is approved, nothing could be further from the truth.…

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Does Arthritis Qualify An Individual For Social Security Disability Benefits?

May 22, 2013 When a person suffers from a condition or injury that leaves them facing the inability to work for more than a year, they may qualify…

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3 Most Common Conditions That Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

February 12, 2014 There are a variety of conditions that qualify Americans for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. But some conditions are seen by the Social Security Administration…

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2 Ways To Overcome The Hardships A Disability Can Pose

Suffering an injury or illness that prevents you from working is not only physically and emotionally wrecking, but can cause financial struggles as well. That’s why at Fleschner,…

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Does Arthritis Qualify An Individual For Social Security Disability Benefits?

May 22, 2013 When a person suffers from a condition or injury that leaves them facing the inability to work for more than a year, they may qualify…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Speech Disorders

Speech disorders affect roughly 7.5 million United States citizens. Many of those with speech disorder disabilities may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but it’s important to understand…

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Does Autism Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

July 12, 2013 One of the fastest growing claims for Social Security Disability Benefits is for debilitating mental conditions such as autism. Autistic individuals can be extremely limited in…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Back and Spinal Cord Injury

Back and spine injuries affect a large number of Americans each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate there are currently more than 200,000…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Back Pain

Living With Back Pain If you’ve ever hurt your back, you know just how debilitating the pain associated with such injuries can be. So it should come as…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Back Pain Disabilities

Living With Back Pain If you’ve ever hurt your back, you know just how debilitating the pain associated with such injuries can be. So it should come as…

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Lawmaker Claims ‘Back Pain’ and ‘Anxiety’ Prove Need for Social Security Disability Reform

Our nation’s Social Security system has come under heavy scrutiny after lawmakers stated the program’s budget could face shortfalls as early as this year. One particular legislator, Senator…

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Retirement age determines Social Security benefit amount

December 6, 2010 According to CourierPress.com, when you decide when you want to retire, the amount of your Social Security benefits will be determined. Most people who are…

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Social Security Administration defends reason for not increasing benefits

The Social Security Administration announced that the cost of living had not risen, with inflammation low because of the slow economy, according to washintonindependent.com. It’s the reason they’re…

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AARP Launches Campaign to Safeguard Social Security and Medicare

May 5, 2011 AARP kicked off a new, multi-million dollar campaign yesterday to protect retirees from potentially “detrimental” budget cuts to Social Security and Medicare. A recent AARP…

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Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Dead Grandfather’s Social Security Benefits for 27 Years

May 9, 2011 On Friday, an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, man entered a guilty plea in federal court for making false statements and stealing 27 years worth of Social…

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Alabama Man Gets Probation After Spending Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

May 10, 2011 A 58-year-old resident of Prichard, Alabama, received five years probation last week for illegally collecting $33,588 in Social Security monies after his mother died. The…

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Debt-Ceiling Delay May Soon Hault Social Security and Disability Payments

A new analysis released Tuesday asserts that if the U.S. government doesn't come to an agreement about whether or not to raise the federal debt ceiling it could affect…

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Watchdog Group Calls Out Billionaire David Koch for Social Security Stand

May 6, 2011 On Wednesday, watchdog group Brave New Foundation released an inflammatory new viral video titled “Koch Brothers Exposed.” The eight-minute video juxtaposes footage of American businessman David…

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Why Calculating SSDI Benefits on a Regular Basis Is Important

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are calculated using the number of credits you earned while working and the amount of income you received during that time. But don’t…

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Resources Available to Those With Childhood Cancer

September has been declared “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in an effort to raise awareness about the struggles thousands of American youths face on a daily basis as they…

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Seniors can increase Social Security benefit amount

November 30, 2010 A report on CBS.com says seniors can potentially boost their Social Security benefits by thousands of dollars a year. There are ways to maximize Social…

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Changes Considered For Inflation Measures In Social Security Payments

January 16, 2013 With the government attempting to rescue the nation from falling over the fiscal cliff, legislators have begun to consider making changes to the way inflation…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Child’s Benefits

October 16, 2013 Anytime an adult is left unable to work due to age or their health, it can have serious effects on their families as well. This…

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Childhood Cancer Increases Chance of Receiving SSD Benefits Later in Life

Research from the American Cancer Society shows that 1 in 285 U.S. citizens will be diagnosed with a form of cancer before age 20. While the survival rate for…

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Resources Available to Those With Childhood Cancer

September has been declared “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in an effort to raise awareness about the struggles thousands of American youths face on a daily basis as they…

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Social Security Disability Benefits for Dependents

We know that Social Security Disability benefits are typically awarded to workers who are unable to perform their job duties due to a physical or mental illness; however,…

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Are Social Security Disability Benefits Available For Children?

When we think of Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income, we imagine the programs are typically used for older adults who are unable to continue working…

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Are Social Security Disability Benefits Available For Children?

When we think of Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income, we imagine the programs are typically used for older adults who are unable to continue working…

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Do cost of living adjustments help with Social Security benefits?

April 25, 2011 Social Security benefits are generally adjusted based on the cost of living expenses. In the 1970s, Congress regularized Social Security benefits boosts and provided predictable…

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Changes Could Mean Reductions In Social Security Disability Benefits

April 10, 2013 With serious budget deficits looming over the federal government, officials are attempting to find areas where spending cuts can be made. Unfortunately for recipients of…

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Changes Considered For Inflation Measures In Social Security Payments

January 16, 2013 With the government attempting to rescue the nation from falling over the fiscal cliff, legislators have begun to consider making changes to the way inflation…

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Common Mistakes Made by Social Security Disability Applicants

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security Disability benefits as their main resource for income, yet a large number of claimants leave a portion of their benefits on…

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Compassionate Allowances: A More Efficient Way to Receive Benefits

June 10, 2013 With record breaking numbers of Americans receiving Social Security Disability Benefits and long wait times while Social Security Administration (SSA) processes claims, many disabled citizens…

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AARP Launches Campaign to Safeguard Social Security and Medicare

May 5, 2011 AARP kicked off a new, multi-million dollar campaign yesterday to protect retirees from potentially “detrimental” budget cuts to Social Security and Medicare. A recent AARP…

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Social Security benefit age could be raised

November 11, 2011 Members of Congress are considering raising the Social Security retirement age to 68 and reduce annual cost-of-living increases, according to lifeandheathinsurancenews.com. The panel appointed by…

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Cost of living expenses not based on Social Security beneficiaries

November 18, 2010 If you’re the beneficiary of Social Security benefits, you’re probably not happy that there won’t be an increase in Social Security benefits, according to a…

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Do cost of living adjustments help with Social Security benefits?

April 25, 2011 Social Security benefits are generally adjusted based on the cost of living expenses. In the 1970s, Congress regularized Social Security benefits boosts and provided predictable…

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Experts Estimate Cost of Living Adjustments for Social Security Disability Recipients

October 14, 2013 For those unable to work due to a physical or mental condition, making ends meet with the money they receive from Social Security Disability Benefits…

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Cuts to Social Security benefits will hurt women, minorities

November 19, 2010 A draft report of President Obama’s  response to the national deficit shows that if Social Security benefits are cut, the nation’s poor and minorities would…

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Proposals to cut federal spending still include reducing Social Security benefits

December 1, 2010 A plan to balance the budget and reduce the national deficit still includes making cuts to Social Security benefits. According to The Associated Press, proposals…

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Debt-Ceiling Delay May Soon Hault Social Security and Disability Payments

A new analysis released Tuesday asserts that if the U.S. government doesn't come to an agreement about whether or not to raise the federal debt ceiling it could affect…

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‘Let’s Raise Social Security Retirement Age to 69,’ Says Senator Hutchison

On Thursday Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced a proposal that she says would save $146 billion over the next decade and reduce the public debt by $7.2…

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Commission presents report to save Social Security benefits

November 29, 2010 The Deficit Commission plans to fix the country’s budget crisis an take measures to strengthen Social Security. Its goal is to return Social Security to…

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Denied Social Security Disability Claim: How To Appeal

June 14, 2013 Even when a person files a legitimate claim for Social Security Disability Benefits, there is a good chance it will be denied. Records from the Social…

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Social Security Disability’s Common Conditions: Depression

March 5, 2014 One of the most common conditions that can qualify Americans for Social Security disability benefits is depression. Some estimates show as many as half of…

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Depression Named Second Most Common Cause of Disability

November 15, 2013 There are millions of people throughout the United States who are left unable to work due to a mental or physical condition they suffer from.…

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3 Most Common Conditions That Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

February 12, 2014 There are a variety of conditions that qualify Americans for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. But some conditions are seen by the Social Security Administration…

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How to Determine What Social Security Disability Benefits You’ve Earned

Suffering from a disabling injury or illness can leave your finances tight. Luckily, many disabled Americans qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but determining how much you should…

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Why Calculating SSDI Benefits on a Regular Basis Is Important

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are calculated using the number of credits you earned while working and the amount of income you received during that time. But don’t…

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Can a Medical Condition Automatically Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Millions of Americans suffer from medical conditions that leave them unable to work. Many qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but the application process can be take time—some…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Diabetes

Diabetes in the United States Thousands of conditions and illnesses can leave a person unable to work and eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, but one of the…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Diabetes

Diabetes in the United States Thousands of conditions and illnesses can leave a person unable to work and eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, but one of the…

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Social Security Disability Payments to Cease in 2017?

Funds for Social Security Disability payments may run dry by 2017, according to a new analysis done by The Congressional Budget Office. The CBO attributes this to both…

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Social Security Myths, Busted

In a thought-provoking new piece from Forbes, Certified Financial Planner Jim Blankenship takes on Social Security — admitting its qualms but urging that it be protected and updated.…

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Seniors Will Get Cost-of-Living Adjustment from Social Security in 2010: Report

Senior citizens should enjoy a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) from the Social Security Administration in January, according to Massachusetts nonprofit group American Institute for Economic Research (AIER). This will…

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What Benefits Are Disabled Children Eligible For?

July 31, 2013 For many Americans, a mental or physical condition leaves them unable to work and with limited resources for income. A large number of these individuals…

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If I Get Supplemental Security Income, What Other Benefits Are Available?

Suffering from an injury or medical condition that leaves you unable to work can put serious financial strains on your family. Even if you qualify for Social Security…

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Senate Blocks Changes To The Way Disability COLAs Are Figured

April 15, 2013 The United States Senate recently voted against a proposed bill that would have significantly changed the way increases in payments to those receiving Social Security…

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Will Social Security Benefits Increase Next Year?

May 15, 2013 Each year, the Social Security Administration evaluates the cost of everyday items deemed as staples to survival and adjusts the amount of money Social Security…

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What Is Being Done To Increase Income For The Disabled?

January 13, 2014 Many disabled individuals depend on Social Security Disability benefits as their main source of income. However, inflation in the costs of living can often make…

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Social Security Disability Applications Up 40 Percent in Florida

More Floridians than ever are now claiming Social Security Disability benefits; in fact, the figure is up 40 percent since 2007, meaning that 500,000 people received disability benefits…

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Some Some Social Security Disability Recipients with Mental Health Conditions Banned From Owning Guns

There are currently millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits because they suffer from a mental health condition, such as depression or schizophrenia. Many of these…

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Bill Helps Prevent Criminals from Receiving Supplemental Security Income or Disability Benefits

The law states that anyone who is fleeing to avoid prosecution of a felony is ineligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income; however, loopholes…

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Many Recipients Of Social Security Disability Say The Program Is Hard to Leave

April 8, 2013 While government officials believe there are several causes for the lack of an economic turn around, many claim a large portion of the problem stems…

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Social Security Disability Payments to Cease in 2017?

Funds for Social Security Disability payments may run dry by 2017, according to a new analysis done by The Congressional Budget Office. The CBO attributes this to both…

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New Polls Show How Rick Perry’s Social Security Stance Sits with Voters

Texas Governor Rick Perry called the Social Security program a “Ponzi scheme” that was doomed for failure in his 2010 book Fed Up! It’s a denouncement that many…

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Social Security Myths, Busted

In a thought-provoking new piece from Forbes, Certified Financial Planner Jim Blankenship takes on Social Security — admitting its qualms but urging that it be protected and updated.…

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Medical Evidence Affects Your Social Security Disability Claim

The Social Security Act was created as a means for the U.S. government to provide assistance to working citizens who suffer from a mental or physical condition that…

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Why Do You Need an RFC?

[vzaar id="8724913"] RFC stands for "Residual Functional Capacity" and is a type of test used to determine what kind of work an individual is or isn't capable of doing…

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How To Maximize A Disabled Child’s Benefits

March 18, 2013 Children who are disabled could potentially face a lifetime of needing government assistance for financial support. The North Dallas Gazette explained some of the basic pitfalls…

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Applying Online For Social Security Disability Benefits

August 7, 2013 Each year, millions of Americans are left unable to work due to a debilitating mental or physical condition. This often leaves these individuals struggling to…

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More retire early to collect Social Security benefits

April 28, 2011 An unstable economy has prompted many to go into early retirement and collect social Security Benefits sooner than predicted. According to npr.com, in 2010, more…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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New Jersey man indicted for selling fake Social Security cards

Apparently for some people in search of a legal U.S. identity, all that is needed is a birth date, name of their choosing, a photo, and cash. On…

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Social Security benefits likely to be cut

November 12, 2010 Federal cutback are inevitable, and Social Security benefits are included, according to an editorial in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lawmakers have brainstormed ideas to reduce the…

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House Members Butt Heads Over Social Security’s Role in Debt Ceiling Talk

As potential cuts to Social Security remain on the table in the discussion about how to reduce the federal debt, members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

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Proposals to cut federal spending still include reducing Social Security benefits

December 1, 2010 A plan to balance the budget and reduce the national deficit still includes making cuts to Social Security benefits. According to The Associated Press, proposals…

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Social Security benefits likely to be cut

November 12, 2010 Federal cutback are inevitable, and Social Security benefits are included, according to an editorial in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lawmakers have brainstormed ideas to reduce the…

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Fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability Benefits

January 7, 2013 The American College of Rheumatology estimates that between three and six million Americans currently suffer from pain associated with fibromyalgia. For many, the pain is…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Benefits For Fibromyalgia Sufferers

August 23, 2013 In the past several decades, one of the leading causes for Social Security Disability claims has been chronic pain, with a leading cause of such…

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How Work History and Education Affect Social Security Disability Benefits

February 26, 2014 When a person applies for Social Security Disability benefits, one of the most important aspects that is examined to determine if an applicant qualifies for…

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No Increase In Social Security Payments Again This Year

May 25, 2011 It looks as if recipients of Social Security benefits will go another year with no increase in benefits. According to an article from the Associated…

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Social Security poll finds people should work longer

March 10, 2011 A new Harris Poll shows 40 percent of people think we should work longer before drawing Social Security benefits, reports United Press International. The poll…

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No Increase In Social Security Payments Again This Year

May 25, 2011 It looks as if recipients of Social Security benefits will go another year with no increase in benefits. According to an article from the Associated…

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Social Security Disability Applications Up 40 Percent in Florida

More Floridians than ever are now claiming Social Security Disability benefits; in fact, the figure is up 40 percent since 2007, meaning that 500,000 people received disability benefits…

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Social Security Myths, Busted

In a thought-provoking new piece from Forbes, Certified Financial Planner Jim Blankenship takes on Social Security — admitting its qualms but urging that it be protected and updated.…

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Role of Social Security changes for future retirees

December 30, 2010 The future of Social Security leaves many questions unanswered for future retirees. According to OnWallStreet.com, many people don’t know how much to save to supplement…

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Former governor believes cuts to Social Security benefits are necessary

February 10, 2011 Former New Mexico Republican Gov. Gary Johnson believes there is too much government spending and changes to Social Security benefits are necessary, the Iowa Independent…

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Court Ruling Could Affect Some Social Security Disability Benefits Claims

There are many factors that can affect the amount you receive in Social Security Disability benefits, but one that is currently receiving national attention is the Windfall Elimination…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Anemia

What Is Anemia? Anemia is a condition that affects the lives of approximately 3.5 million Americans each day. It’s caused by the body’s inability to produce enough red…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Anemia Disability

What Is Anemia? Anemia is a condition that affects the lives of approximately 3.5 million Americans each day. It’s caused by the body’s inability to produce enough red…

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How did Social Security begin?

Ida May Fuller, a resident of rural Vermont, was the first beneficiary of a recurring Social Security payment on January 31, 1940, according to Bloomberg. Her SS number…

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House Members Butt Heads Over Social Security’s Role in Debt Ceiling Talk

As potential cuts to Social Security remain on the table in the discussion about how to reduce the federal debt, members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

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Proposed Changes to Grid Rules Could Affect How the SSA Determines if You’re Disabled

Being unable to work would put a serious financial strain on a majority of Americans. Luckily, most employees in the United States pay into the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability program…

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5 Ways to Get More From Social Security

A new blog post on the Forbes website divulges the best strategies for gleaning the largest possible amount from the Social Security Administration each month. Financial educator Liz…

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If Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, how do we fix it?

Our previous two blogs outline how Social Security may be similar to a Ponzi scheme according to the National Center for Public Policy Research, as noted in the GazetteXtra,…

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“I’m In To Hire” Creates Jobs For Those With An Intellectual Disability

Life With An Intellectual Disability Living with an intellectual disability can be a struggle due to an inability to learn or meet established criteria for advancement in a…

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Part 1: 10 ways to prevent identity and Social Security theft

Even though Social Security Administration is going completely electronic, you still need to be careful and know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on the rise. Here are the…

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Part 2–10 things to prevent identity theft

The news is that Social Security benefit deposits are going totally electronic by March 2013, so you need to know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on…

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Seniors can increase Social Security benefit amount

November 30, 2010 A report on CBS.com says seniors can potentially boost their Social Security benefits by thousands of dollars a year. There are ways to maximize Social…

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Cost of living expenses not based on Social Security beneficiaries

November 18, 2010 If you’re the beneficiary of Social Security benefits, you’re probably not happy that there won’t be an increase in Social Security benefits, according to a…

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2012 Social Security changes a boost to beneficiaries

Social Security beneficiaries will receive larger benefits payments in 2012, according to Weho News. What do these increases actually mean? Effectively taking political issues out of the rate-setting…

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Report Shows $7.9 Billion In Fraudulent Social Security Payments

May 3, 2013 While Social Security assists millions of Americans with their income, new data is showing the system is plagued with fraudulent and improper payments. Experts believe…

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No Increase In Social Security Payments Again This Year

May 25, 2011 It looks as if recipients of Social Security benefits will go another year with no increase in benefits. According to an article from the Associated…

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Social Security poll finds people should work longer

March 10, 2011 A new Harris Poll shows 40 percent of people think we should work longer before drawing Social Security benefits, reports United Press International. The poll…

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No Increase In Social Security Payments Again This Year

May 25, 2011 It looks as if recipients of Social Security benefits will go another year with no increase in benefits. According to an article from the Associated…

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Indiana Social Security Disability process improved

September 24, 2009 The Herald Bulletin reports that the Indiana Social Security Disability process is improved due to new technologies. The Social Security Administration became the first federal…

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Social Security Disability backlog

January 14, 2010 The Washington Times reports a major backlog within the federal Social Security Disability system. With the highest rate of unemployment in 25 years, applicants are…

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What if your SSDI claim is denied?

February 4, 2010 According to the Social Security Administration's Web site, there is a process you can follow if your application for Social Security Disability Insurance has been…

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Social Security to fast track Disability payments

February 18, 2010 The Wall Street Journal reports that the Social Security Administration is planning an expansion of the fast track system, which will allow some people to…

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The Social Security Disability Insurance process

February 25, 2010 The Social Security Disability Insurance program is not a needs-based program. Allocations for Social Security Disability are based on how much you have paid into…

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Social Security requests feedback about Disability requirements

March 18, 2010 An insurance Web site CCH.com reveals that the Social Security Administration is requesting comments from citizens regarding their Social Security Disability Insurance program. They are…

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Nearly 2 million people waiting on Social Security Disability claim

Are you one of the nearly 2 million Americans waiting to find out if you will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits? The commissioner of Social Security, Michale…

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Children can be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits

Do you have a child with a disability that severely limits their activities? You may not know this, but your child may be eligible for social Security Disability benefits.…

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Get the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve

If you have a disability, you may able to get benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance system. The law states benefits are based on your inability to work.…

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Social Security Disability Program needs a fix, and needs it now

The U.S. News & World Report says the federal Social Security Disability program is in desperate need of some repairs, and those need to happen sooner rather than…

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Social Security poll finds people should work longer

March 10, 2011 A new Harris Poll shows 40 percent of people think we should work longer before drawing Social Security benefits, reports United Press International. The poll…

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No Increase In Social Security Payments Again This Year

May 25, 2011 It looks as if recipients of Social Security benefits will go another year with no increase in benefits. According to an article from the Associated…

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“I’m In To Hire” Creates Jobs For Those With An Intellectual Disability

Life With An Intellectual Disability Living with an intellectual disability can be a struggle due to an inability to learn or meet established criteria for advancement in a…

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Social Security Administration Eliminates Use Of the Term “Mental Retardation”

August 5, 2013 Mental health conditions are one of the leading reasons people file claims for Social Security Disability benefits today. Determining if a person’s mental health condition qualifies…

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“I’m In To Hire” Creates Jobs For Those With An Intellectual Disability

Life With An Intellectual Disability Living with an intellectual disability can be a struggle due to an inability to learn or meet established criteria for advancement in a…

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Girl Born Via In Vitro Can’t Receive Late Father’s Social Security Benefits, Says Court

An eight-year-old Iowa girl who was conceived via in vitro fertilization almost two years after her father died is not eligible to receive his Social Security benefits, a…

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Improvements to Social Security benefits, Medicare may ensure future for retirees

May 3, 2011 The potential changes being presented to Social Security benefits have caused anxiety for many Americans, especially those with plans to retire soon. Janet Witt, grassroots…

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Social Security Myths, Busted

In a thought-provoking new piece from Forbes, Certified Financial Planner Jim Blankenship takes on Social Security — admitting its qualms but urging that it be protected and updated.…

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Senate Finance Chairman Says Deficit Reduction Package Won’t Impact Social Security

May 11, 2011 The deficit reduction package that Congress is now hammering out won’t include cuts to Social Security, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. On Tuesday,…

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‘Let’s Raise Social Security Retirement Age to 69,’ Says Senator Hutchison

On Thursday Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced a proposal that she says would save $146 billion over the next decade and reduce the public debt by $7.2…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Kidney Disease and Cancer

Our kidneys are among the most vital organs in our bodies because they are responsible for filtering our blood of waste. Without this bodily function, death would be…

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Kidney Disease a Common Social Security Condition

The body needs to be able to excrete waste in order to properly function. If this cannot be achieved, it can lead to an individual developing any of…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Kidney Disease

The body needs to be able to excrete waste in order to properly function. If this cannot be achieved, it can lead to an individual developing any of…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Kidney Disease

The body needs to be able to excrete waste in order to properly function. If this cannot be achieved, it can lead to an individual developing any of…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Kidney Disease and Cancer

Our kidneys are among the most vital organs in our bodies because they are responsible for filtering our blood of waste. Without this bodily function, death would be…

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5 Ways to Get More From Social Security

A new blog post on the Forbes website divulges the best strategies for gleaning the largest possible amount from the Social Security Administration each month. Financial educator Liz…

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Social Security benefits are crucial for women

December 17, 2010 Nearly half of women 65 and older would be living in poverty if they didn’t receive Social Security benefits, according to physorg.com. The number remains at…

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When SSD and Long Term Disability Can Benefit You Financially

An accident or illness that leaves you unable to work can happen at any time. Yet, many people are unprepared for such an event and have not created…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Lupus

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…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Lupus

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…

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Senate Finance Chairman Says Deficit Reduction Package Won’t Impact Social Security

May 11, 2011 The deficit reduction package that Congress is now hammering out won’t include cuts to Social Security, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. On Tuesday,…

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If I Get Supplemental Security Income, What Other Benefits Are Available?

Suffering from an injury or medical condition that leaves you unable to work can put serious financial strains on your family. Even if you qualify for Social Security…

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Improvements to Social Security benefits, Medicare may ensure future for retirees

May 3, 2011 The potential changes being presented to Social Security benefits have caused anxiety for many Americans, especially those with plans to retire soon. Janet Witt, grassroots…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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Few Low-Income Children With Mental Disorders Get Supplemental Security Income

There's good and bad news when it comes to low-income children with mental disorders in the U.S. getting the benefits they need. The bad news is many of…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Benefits For Mental Health Conditions

September 4, 2013 Over the last several decades, there has been a massive influx in the number of claims seeking benefits from the Social Security Administration due to…

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Cuts to Social Security benefits will hurt women, minorities

November 19, 2010 A draft report of President Obama’s  response to the national deficit shows that if Social Security benefits are cut, the nation’s poor and minorities would…

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Report: Minorities depend more on Social Security

The Washington Post reports that Social Security is a critical safety net for minority Americans. Minorities tend to be poorer and more vulnerable to economic fluctuations than their…

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Lawmaker Claims ‘Back Pain’ and ‘Anxiety’ Prove Need for Social Security Disability Reform

Our nation’s Social Security system has come under heavy scrutiny after lawmakers stated the program’s budget could face shortfalls as early as this year. One particular legislator, Senator…

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Plan for Your Future During National My Social Security Week

Injuries and illnesses often strike when you least expect it. That’s why it’s so important to have a plan in place for how you will care for yourself…

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Warnings Issued Regarding “My Social Security” Email Phishing Scam

February 10, 2014 The Social Security Administration (SSA) is making efforts to move as many processes as possible to digital, paperless, and online platforms. In order for them…

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5 Myths About Social Security

It can be super confusing to navigate the many rules and regulations on which Social Security and Social Security Disability are built. Let the Social Security Disability lawyers…

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5 Myths About Social Security

It can be super confusing to navigate the many rules and regulations on which Social Security and Social Security Disability are built. Let the Social Security Disability lawyers…

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Cuts to Social Security benefits will hurt women, minorities

November 19, 2010 A draft report of President Obama’s  response to the national deficit shows that if Social Security benefits are cut, the nation’s poor and minorities would…

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National ID card could solve SS fraud

The most common form of identification in the United States is a driver’s license, but nonwhites are somewhat less likely than whites to have drivers’ licenses, according to…

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Plan for Your Future During National My Social Security Week

Injuries and illnesses often strike when you least expect it. That’s why it’s so important to have a plan in place for how you will care for yourself…

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Social Security Administration defends reason for not increasing benefits

The Social Security Administration announced that the cost of living had not risen, with inflammation low because of the slow economy, according to washintonindependent.com. It’s the reason they’re…

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Cuts to Social Security benefits will hurt women, minorities

November 19, 2010 A draft report of President Obama’s  response to the national deficit shows that if Social Security benefits are cut, the nation’s poor and minorities would…

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Obama: ‘I Cannot Guarantee That Social Security Checks Will Go Out’ Next Month

Retired and disabled citizens of the United States are sweating collective bullets right about now as the clock ticks down on Congress’s federal deficit negotiations. In a new…

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Going Online for Social Security Benefits

New estimates from the Social Security Administration (SSA) show an estimated 10.9 million recipients of Social Security Disability benefits—an increase from previous totals. The SSA has become bogged…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Parkinson’s Disease

Data indicates that as many as 1 million Americans suffer from the degenerative neurological condition known as Parkinson’s Disease. Yet many citizens do not know the symptoms of the…

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Does tax break harm Social Security?

Congress extended the payroll tax reduction for taxpayers through February 2012.  Each party structured the tax cut in the best light for their own political goals, according to…

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Part 1: 4 steps to handling personal finances when a disability occurs

Planning for a life-altering disability isn't always at the top of the priority list. But, when you're diagnosed with a disabling condition, you just might need a plan.…

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Social Security Administration Announces Upgrades To Online Benefit Management

March 11, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced it has launched several new services to beneficiaries through its online account management services. According to a press release from…

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Qualifying for Indiana Social Security Disability

September 17, 2009 The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a five-step process to determine whether or not a person qualifies for Disability benefits. According to the SSA, a…

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Social Security benefit age could be raised

November 11, 2011 Members of Congress are considering raising the Social Security retirement age to 68 and reduce annual cost-of-living increases, according to lifeandheathinsurancenews.com. The panel appointed by…

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Man believes cutting Social Security isn’t necessary for national deficit

December 16, 2010 An opinion contributer to politico.com believes it was a bad idea for President Obama to negotiate tax cuts to Social Security. It could affect Social…

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Social Security Act Celebrates 80th Anniversary

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law on August 14, 1935. In the eighty years that have passed since the bill’s inception, it has…

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Social Security benefits likely to be cut

November 12, 2010 Federal cutback are inevitable, and Social Security benefits are included, according to an editorial in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lawmakers have brainstormed ideas to reduce the…

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Former governor believes cuts to Social Security benefits are necessary

February 10, 2011 Former New Mexico Republican Gov. Gary Johnson believes there is too much government spending and changes to Social Security benefits are necessary, the Iowa Independent…

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Raising the retirement age won’t save Social Security

Since the average life expectancy is higher than it was 40 years ago, many politicians and economists have publicly opined that raising the Early Eligibility Age (EEA) for…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Respiratory Illnesses

If You Cannot Breathe, You Cannot Live The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers some types of  respiratory illnesses disabling conditions. What Is a Respiratory Illness Disability? The Social…

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Social Security benefits can be received as early as 62

December 13, 2010 A reader posed a question to mysanantonio.com asking what the options are for receiving Social Security benefits. In the reply, it explains that Social Security…

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Social Security benefit age could be raised

November 11, 2011 Members of Congress are considering raising the Social Security retirement age to 68 and reduce annual cost-of-living increases, according to lifeandheathinsurancenews.com. The panel appointed by…

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Social Security benefits likely to be cut

November 12, 2010 Federal cutback are inevitable, and Social Security benefits are included, according to an editorial in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lawmakers have brainstormed ideas to reduce the…

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Proposals to cut federal spending still include reducing Social Security benefits

December 1, 2010 A plan to balance the budget and reduce the national deficit still includes making cuts to Social Security benefits. According to The Associated Press, proposals…

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Retirement age determines Social Security benefit amount

December 6, 2010 According to CourierPress.com, when you decide when you want to retire, the amount of your Social Security benefits will be determined. Most people who are…

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Social Security benefits can be received as early as 62

December 13, 2010 A reader posed a question to mysanantonio.com asking what the options are for receiving Social Security benefits. In the reply, it explains that Social Security…

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You can work and receive Social Security benefits

January 24, 2011 Those who work full time and qualify to receive Social Security benefits may receive a paycheck and benefits, according to detnews.com. You are not disqualified from…

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Why Do You Need an RFC?

[vzaar id="8724913"] RFC stands for "Residual Functional Capacity" and is a type of test used to determine what kind of work an individual is or isn't capable of doing…

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House Members Butt Heads Over Social Security’s Role in Debt Ceiling Talk

As potential cuts to Social Security remain on the table in the discussion about how to reduce the federal debt, members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

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Social Security Statement Mailings Begin in September

Despite moving to a paperless system two years ago, the Social Security Administration recently announced it would begin mailing paper Social Security statements to workers in September. Officials…

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Social Security Administration Begins Processing Claims For Same Sex Couples

September 11, 2013 The laws that oversee how and to who Social Security Benefits are offered can be quite complex. With the federal government acknowledging the legitimacy of…

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Same-Sex Couples May Now Qualify for Supplemental Security Income

Proving to Social Security Administration that you’re in need of assistance through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a difficult process, but it can be even more frustrating…

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Commission presents report to save Social Security benefits

November 29, 2010 The Deficit Commission plans to fix the country’s budget crisis an take measures to strengthen Social Security. Its goal is to return Social Security to…

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Senate Finance Chairman Says Deficit Reduction Package Won’t Impact Social Security

May 11, 2011 The deficit reduction package that Congress is now hammering out won’t include cuts to Social Security, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. On Tuesday,…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Anemia

What Is Anemia? Anemia is a condition that affects the lives of approximately 3.5 million Americans each day. It’s caused by the body’s inability to produce enough red…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Anemia Disability

What Is Anemia? Anemia is a condition that affects the lives of approximately 3.5 million Americans each day. It’s caused by the body’s inability to produce enough red…

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Social Security benefit age could be raised

November 11, 2011 Members of Congress are considering raising the Social Security retirement age to 68 and reduce annual cost-of-living increases, according to lifeandheathinsurancenews.com. The panel appointed by…

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Social Security benefits likely to be cut

November 12, 2010 Federal cutback are inevitable, and Social Security benefits are included, according to an editorial in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lawmakers have brainstormed ideas to reduce the…

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Cost of living expenses not based on Social Security beneficiaries

November 18, 2010 If you’re the beneficiary of Social Security benefits, you’re probably not happy that there won’t be an increase in Social Security benefits, according to a…

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Watchdog Group Calls Out Billionaire David Koch for Social Security Stand

May 6, 2011 On Wednesday, watchdog group Brave New Foundation released an inflammatory new viral video titled “Koch Brothers Exposed.” The eight-minute video juxtaposes footage of American businessman David…

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Social Security raises its benefits by 3.6 percent; for neediest seniors it may boost lifeline

The first cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on Social Security checks in two years was announced this week, reports The Washington Post. For lower- and middle-class seniors, Social Security represents a…

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Report: Minorities depend more on Social Security

The Washington Post reports that Social Security is a critical safety net for minority Americans. Minorities tend to be poorer and more vulnerable to economic fluctuations than their…

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Utah representative proposes plan to help Social Security

To help keep Social Security solvent, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced a Social Security reform proposal to a House supercommittee on Tuesday. While the plan may be controversial,…

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Kentucky sisters go to court to get Social Security cards

Two sisters, who live in the tiny enclave of Lily, Kentucky, close to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, will finally get Social Security numbers, according to the…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning 66 in 2012–part 1

In 2012 the oldest baby boomers will turn age 66, an important age for Social Security eligibility, according to US News. Many of the rules for claiming Social…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning age 66 in 2012–part 2

At age 66, baby boomers can claim the full amount of Social Security that they have earned, and the penalty for working while claiming Social Security benefits disappears,…

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Privatizing Social Security not the answer

It is a myth that Social Security is an entitlement, according to Don Samuels in the Summit Daily. Social Security is a benefit that comes from paying into…

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How can a vocational expert help with Social Security Disability benefits?

If you are denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you have the option to appeal the initial decision. At the appeals stage, a vocational expert may be called…

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Raising the retirement age won’t save Social Security

Since the average life expectancy is higher than it was 40 years ago, many politicians and economists have publicly opined that raising the Early Eligibility Age (EEA) for…

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2012 Social Security changes a boost to beneficiaries

Social Security beneficiaries will receive larger benefits payments in 2012, according to Weho News. What do these increases actually mean? Effectively taking political issues out of the rate-setting…

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Social Security recipients better off with lawyers than with advocates

Non-lawyers who represent people in Social Security Disability [SSD] are known as ‘Social Security advocates.' Some "have been caught lying about health reports and wound up defrauding the…

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Getting Married? Better Tell the Social Security Administration

This is a popular time of year for proclamations of love. Such displays of affection can be as simple as a heart with a “be mine” message or…

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Social Security and Medicare Under Fire

Missiles are being pointed at Social Security and Medicare--two federal health benefit programs for older Americans. Some are stealth missiles; some are misguided missiles, reports the Nashua Telegraph.…

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First in a series about what candidates offer concerning Social Security

March 7, 2012 Running for president in the Republican primaries of 2012, Mitt Romney proposes actions that will help to preserve Medicare and Social Security, according to an…

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Eight things you might not know about SS

March 12, 2012 Here are eight things that you might not know about the SS program, according to The Sacramento Bee. 1. For every year you postpone Social…

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Opening remarks at the Social Security subcommittee

On March 20, Representative Xavier Becerra (D.--CA)  made a speech on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to a Social Security (SS) subcommittee on ways and means, reports Insurance…

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Resources tapped while awaiting SSD benefits

Who would you turn to if a disability or illness kept you from working? A 2012 poll found that friends and family continued to be the leading resource…

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Part 1: 10 ways to prevent identity and Social Security theft

Even though Social Security Administration is going completely electronic, you still need to be careful and know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on the rise. Here are the…

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Part 2–10 things to prevent identity theft

The news is that Social Security benefit deposits are going totally electronic by March 2013, so you need to know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on…

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Part 1: 4 steps to handling personal finances when a disability occurs

Planning for a life-altering disability isn't always at the top of the priority list. But, when you're diagnosed with a disabling condition, you just might need a plan.…

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More people collect Social Security early

May 7, 2012 For the first time in history, Social Security had to pay out more in benefits than it took in for payroll taxes, reports Fox Business.…

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Obama says Social Security just needs a ‘tweak’

In a recent interview with the American Association of Retired People (AARP), President Obama discussed unemployment, gas prices, tax cuts, and Social Security.  He said that it will…

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SSDI can help save you financially

The Social Security Administration reports that just over one in four of today's 20-year-olds will become disabled before age 67, according to the South Bend Tribune. In fact,…

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Perennial questions about Social Security

June 6, 2012 Should you apply for Social Security? If you have never worked, do you get Social Security? These are two perennial questions that pop up concerning…

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Social Security Disability claims increase

By the end of 2013, the Social Security Administration expects Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims to reach 1.1 million, according to timesunion.com. SSDI provides monthly benefits to…

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SSDI benefits for severe depression

Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that can be profoundly disabling. For that reason, many people with severe depression may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits…

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Social Security: not the young against old

July 9, 2012 Some young people believe Social Security benefits will be gone by the time they are of age to use the program. However, others believe this…

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Protecting your Social Security number

August 20, 2012 Your Social Security number (SSN) is tied to your identity and should be kept private, but it’s becoming more and more frequent to include it…

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New Jersey man indicted for selling fake Social Security cards

Apparently for some people in search of a legal U.S. identity, all that is needed is a birth date, name of their choosing, a photo, and cash. On…

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Commission presents report to save Social Security benefits

November 29, 2010 The Deficit Commission plans to fix the country’s budget crisis an take measures to strengthen Social Security. Its goal is to return Social Security to…

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Seniors can increase Social Security benefit amount

November 30, 2010 A report on CBS.com says seniors can potentially boost their Social Security benefits by thousands of dollars a year. There are ways to maximize Social…

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Future retirees may not have access to Social Security benefits

December 29, 2010 According to an opinion article on The Boston Globe, Social Security will run out by 2037. Those 40 and younger will be forced to rely…

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5 Social Security myths that need correcting

Social Security is not the only cause of America's fiscal problems, but it is Exhibit A in why it is so hard to fix them, according to CBS…

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How did Social Security begin?

Ida May Fuller, a resident of rural Vermont, was the first beneficiary of a recurring Social Security payment on January 31, 1940, according to Bloomberg. Her SS number…

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Social Security Disability Benefits Can Take 800 Days to Process

Although a person can save funds for medical insurance, life insurance, and six months to a year of pay in case of an emergency, when an accident or…

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40,000 People Stole the Same Social Security Number

FDR signed the Social Security Act into law in 1935. It was created as a self-funding program paid through payroll taxes paid by both the employee and his…

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Two odd stories about Social Security

Social Security touches the lives of almost every American family. It not only provides income to retirees but also to workers who become disabled and to families in which…

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The difference between SSDI and SSI

Despite the similar acronyms, SSI and SSDI are quite different, according to AARP.org. Dating back to 1960, SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. It’s an earned benefit that…

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SSDI and SSI may be available for wounded service members

All service members who became disabled on active duty after October 1, 2001, are possibly eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)…

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Increase in SSDI benefits criticized by some

August 15, 2012 Attacks against Social Security Disability Insurance have been on the rise lately, according to Newsday. Among other things, some critics say that SSDI applications have increased…

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12 tips to prevent identity theft

September 12, 2012 To keep someone from stealing your identity, some simple precautions and these twelve steps may be able to help you, according to ehow.com. (1) Protect your…

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Ways to make sure your COLA goes further

According to stltoday.com , there are some practical ways to help make sure that the small 2013 cost of living (COLA) increase can go further for you. 1. Review healthcare…

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Can you collect SSDI and Medicaid at the same time?

November 12, 2012 According to the Cypress Creek Mirror, a 58-year-old woman was diagnosed with stage IIIA metastatic breast cancer. She was unemployed at the time. A breast/ovarian cancer…

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New Rule Protects Disability and Social Security Funds from Garnishment

May 4, 2011 The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a new rule that took effect on Monday making it more difficult for creditors to garnish Social Security…

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Social Security redistributes benefits from men to women

When looking at Social Security benefits per household, rather than per individual, a new study shows that the wage gap between men and women wipes out a lot…

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When to start collecting Social Security is confusing

According to Investment News, deciding when to start taking Social Security is a "strategy unto itself," says James Robinson, a regional director at the Principal Financial Group, Inc.…

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Social Security planning further complicated by spousal benefits and taxes

It's not only when to collect our Social Security that is confusing, but also how to collect spousal benefits and taxes that can complicate Social Security planning, reports…

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Is Social Security a Ponzi scheme?

Social Security could be considered a Ponzi scheme in three major ways, according to GazetteXtra.com. (1) The payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by…

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Social Security: a Ponzi scheme? Part 2

According to the GazetteXtra, the fourth difference between Ponzi and Social Security is a major contrast: (4) If you apply for benefits after age 62 and continue working,…

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If Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, how do we fix it?

Our previous two blogs outline how Social Security may be similar to a Ponzi scheme according to the National Center for Public Policy Research, as noted in the GazetteXtra,…

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Does tax break harm Social Security?

Congress extended the payroll tax reduction for taxpayers through February 2012.  Each party structured the tax cut in the best light for their own political goals, according to…

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Watch for scams during tax season

Everywhere you look these days, someone has a deal for you that is “too good to be true.” These “scams” can do major damage to your credit score…

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An Alternative to Social Security

2010 represented the first year since 1983 that the Social Security trust began paying out more in benefits than it collected in tax revenue, according to the San Francisco…

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Raise the Age for Collecting Social Security?

According to a Bank of America Corp. survey, about 59 percent of those with more than $250,000 in investments said that the government should increase the eligibility age…

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In retirement, what can you afford to spend on extras?

There is a new taxonomy of aging, reports the Houston Chronicle. Where once turning 65 made you "old," demographers now identify three groups: The "young-old" are those between…

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Making Social Security gender neutral

Elderly women receive far fewer Social Security benefits than men, according to Huff Post. In the late 1930s, Social Security was designed by a committee that used the beliefs…

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Children: identity thieves’ new targets

Children are being targeted by identity thieves 35 times more often than adults, reports Fox Business. Fifteen percent of the victims are under the age of five. A Social…

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SSA helps two mentally disabled men

In a groundbreaking decision Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide training and assistance to two mentally disabled men, reports…

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Disabled people’s unemployment rate reaches three-year low, SSDI applications stabilize

July 16, 2012 During the second quarter of 2012, the unemployment rate among people with disabilities dropped to its lowest in more than three years while applications for…

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3 Social Security ‘gotchas’ to avoid

The Social Security Handbook has 2,728 rules and countless interpretations—which can sometimes lead to contradictions in the system, reports Forbes. For example: (1) If you take your retirement…

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Three more Social Security ‘catch 22s’ to watch out for

According to Forbes, over the decades the rules governing Social Security benefits have become increasingly complex and confusing—even to the people working at local Social Security offices. For…

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4 more Social Security tips to be aware of

The rules for obtaining Social Security benefits—and the types of benefits you can receive—are confusing, according to Forbes. For example: 7. If you divorce after 10 years or more…

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Reasons to delay collecting Social Security benefits

Collecting Social Security at 62 when it pays your full benefit at 65-67—depending on the year you were born—may not be financially wise, according to the Rapid City Journal.…

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70 Percent of SSDI claims denied

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult due to how long a claim can take and the high chance of being denied, according to DisabilitySecrets.com. Statistically,…

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Certain Medical Conditions Automatically Qualify You for SSDI

There are a number of impairments—both physical and mental—that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), according to…

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Wonder if your condition is not in the SSA Blue Book?

As mentioned in our last blog, there are a number of impairments that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI), according to DisabilitySecrets.com. The…

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AARP Launches Campaign to Safeguard Social Security and Medicare

May 5, 2011 AARP kicked off a new, multi-million dollar campaign yesterday to protect retirees from potentially “detrimental” budget cuts to Social Security and Medicare. A recent AARP…

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Social Security in the red

Society Security is running almost $50 billion in the red each year, deficits that are being covered by reserves in the General Fund, reports the Kipsap Peninsula Business…

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When to collect Social Security?

Because they start taking Social Security before their full retirement age, 72 percent of retirees lock in a lifetime of smaller benefits, according to Reuters. They may be…

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Social Security Stops Issuing Paper Statements

By suspending the mailing of annual statements to about 150 million Americans, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has created an information vacuum, says the Los Angeles Times. For…

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National ID card could solve SS fraud

The most common form of identification in the United States is a driver’s license, but nonwhites are somewhat less likely than whites to have drivers’ licenses, according to…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 1

Even though Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President who proposed Social Security in 1935, this editorial writer from Ohio’s Columbia Dispatch opines that FDR would not like what Social…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 2

The Great Depression and the stock market crash left many older Americans broke. In a radio broadcast on the third anniversary of the Social Security Act in 1938,…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 3

In 1960, there were five workers per Social Security recipient. Today, there are three workers per recipient, and by 2025, the ratio will approach two workers per recipient.…

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Correcting a possible Social Security mistake

June 27, 2012 Financial experts say you should draw Social Security benefits as late as possible, but about 75 percent of Americans start drawing their benefits at the…

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Reasons to collect Social Security as soon as you can

August 27, 2012 Most articles from financial experts will tell you to delay collecting Social Security as long as you can--to wait until your full retirement age or…

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Why collecting Social Security early may be wise choice

August 29, 2012 To continue the discussion of why Huffington Post says that it may be smart for you to take Social Security as soon as possible, let’s review…

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Answers to common Social Security Questions and Concerns

August 31, 2012 Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits will continue as long as the person's medical condition does not improve and as long as she remains unable to…

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8 Social Security myths busted

According to The Christian Science Monitor, some of the most common myths about Social Security include the following: 1. Social security funds are running out, so I should collect…

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Social Security myths continued

Given our national retirement program’s handbook of 2,728 rules and countless interpretations, few of us are likely to thoroughly understand Social Security, according to The Christian Science Monitor.…

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Undo your decision to draw Social Security early

If you file for Social Security at age 62, you earn only 75 percent of what you would get by filing at the full retirement age of 66.…

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How to “undo” early Social Security payments

Early Social Security payments may be reduced, but not necessarily forever. There are little-known exceptions to what most people think of as a permanent, lifetime reduction, according to Money Watch.…

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A final way to “undo” early Social Security withdrawal

If you retired earlier than 66 and draw less than 100 percent in Social Security benefits, there are three ways to "undo" your decision, according to Market Watch.…

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5 ways to fix the Social Security problem

Market Watch says that there are five principles that Congress should keep in mind when it comes to fixing Social Security: 1. Because retirements are at risk, Congress…

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More ways to fix the Social Security conundrum

Adding to the three principles outlined in Friday’s blog, Market Watch also wants Congress to keep in mind two more considerations when it comes to tackling Social Security solvency:…

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Government Accountability Office Works To Reduce Social Security Overpayments

January 25, 2013 The Social Security Administration offers assistance to retired or disabled citizens and their dependents through a system of benefits aimed at covering living expenses called…

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Experts Say Funding For Social Security Benefits Could Run Dry By 2016

January 28, 2013 With a large volume of aging workers preparing for retirement and a massive influx on claims for SSD Benefits, funding for Social Security is taking out…

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If Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, how do we fix it?

Our previous two blogs outline how Social Security may be similar to a Ponzi scheme according to the National Center for Public Policy Research, as noted in the GazetteXtra,…

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Alabama Man Gets Probation After Spending Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

May 10, 2011 A 58-year-old resident of Prichard, Alabama, received five years probation last week for illegally collecting $33,588 in Social Security monies after his mother died. The…

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Senate Finance Chairman Says Deficit Reduction Package Won’t Impact Social Security

May 11, 2011 The deficit reduction package that Congress is now hammering out won’t include cuts to Social Security, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. On Tuesday,…

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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Brother’s Social Security Disability Payments

On Wednesday a Kansas City, Missouri, man plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Prosecutors say the man, aged…

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5 Myths About Social Security

It can be super confusing to navigate the many rules and regulations on which Social Security and Social Security Disability are built. Let the Social Security Disability lawyers…

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5 Ways to Get More From Social Security

A new blog post on the Forbes website divulges the best strategies for gleaning the largest possible amount from the Social Security Administration each month. Financial educator Liz…

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Social Security Beneficiaries’ 2012 Increase May Be Eaten Up by Medicare Premiums

Next year the Social Security Administration will adjust the amounts its beneficiaries receive by an estimated .07 percent to accomodate the rising cost of living, according to the…

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Social Security Administration Struggles to Collect $5.4 Billion Overpaid to Disabled Workers

Last month it was revealed that the Social Security Administration overpaid approximately $5.4 billion in benefits to disabled workers in 2009; this week the United States Government Accountability…

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Girl Born Via In Vitro Can’t Receive Late Father’s Social Security Benefits, Says Court

An eight-year-old Iowa girl who was conceived via in vitro fertilization almost two years after her father died is not eligible to receive his Social Security benefits, a…

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Online Services Offered To Beneficiaries By Social Security Administration

December 16, 2013 Winter is in full swing, but the weather that accompanies this season of the year can often make travel extremely difficult, especially for those who…

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Changes to the Social Security System Are Underway

An aging population of workers combined with a reduction in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) workforce has taken it’s toll on both funding and the agency's ability to…

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Report Highlights Social Security Disability Processing Failures

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…

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How common are mistakes by the Social Security Administration?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is failing to process claims in a timely manner, and the situation has reached crisis levels. The Office of the Inspector General for…

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The Results of Your Disability Appeal May Depend on the Judge

The Social Security Administration is beginning to look more closely at the approval rate discrepancy amongst its administrative law judges (ALJs), reports USA Today. Whereas a judge’s numbers…

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Do cost of living adjustments help with Social Security benefits?

April 25, 2011 Social Security benefits are generally adjusted based on the cost of living expenses. In the 1970s, Congress regularized Social Security benefits boosts and provided predictable…

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Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Dead Grandfather’s Social Security Benefits for 27 Years

May 9, 2011 On Friday, an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, man entered a guilty plea in federal court for making false statements and stealing 27 years worth of Social…

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5 Ways to Get More From Social Security

A new blog post on the Forbes website divulges the best strategies for gleaning the largest possible amount from the Social Security Administration each month. Financial educator Liz…

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3 Ways Your Social Security Benefits Are Already Being Cut

Though the debate about whether or not to cut Social Security spending is consuming many a politician these days, a new article from The Wall Street Journal points…

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The Results of Your Disability Appeal May Depend on the Judge

The Social Security Administration is beginning to look more closely at the approval rate discrepancy amongst its administrative law judges (ALJs), reports USA Today. Whereas a judge’s numbers…

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House Members Butt Heads Over Social Security’s Role in Debt Ceiling Talk

As potential cuts to Social Security remain on the table in the discussion about how to reduce the federal debt, members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

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Obama: ‘I Cannot Guarantee That Social Security Checks Will Go Out’ Next Month

Retired and disabled citizens of the United States are sweating collective bullets right about now as the clock ticks down on Congress’s federal deficit negotiations. In a new…

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Chained CPI Formula Would Rip Off Needy Seniors, Says L.A. Times

A new Los Angeles Times editorial makes no bones about its opposition to a proposed change to the way inflation is calculated for Social Security beneficiaries. “Of all…

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AARP Launches Social Security Benefits Calculator

AARP recently rolled out a new feature on its website to help seniors calculate at what age to begin collecting Social Security payments. The interactive tool is designed…

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Obama Makes His Case for Changes to Social Security

At a bus tour stop in Minnesota on Monday, August 15, President Obama addressed the debate over Social Security and his desire to make changes to the program.…

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Girl Born Via In Vitro Can’t Receive Late Father’s Social Security Benefits, Says Court

An eight-year-old Iowa girl who was conceived via in vitro fertilization almost two years after her father died is not eligible to receive his Social Security benefits, a…

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How Will Work Affect Your Social Security Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration is offering free Work Incentive Events (WISE) across the country on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15 for those who are interested in…

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Mitt Romney: ‘Social Security Is Our Country’s Safety Net’

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has authored an op-ed for Fox News called “The Future of Social Security.” Published yesterday,…

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Social Security Disability Applications Up 40 Percent in Florida

More Floridians than ever are now claiming Social Security Disability benefits; in fact, the figure is up 40 percent since 2007, meaning that 500,000 people received disability benefits…

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Social Security Myths, Busted

In a thought-provoking new piece from Forbes, Certified Financial Planner Jim Blankenship takes on Social Security — admitting its qualms but urging that it be protected and updated.…

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Social Security raises its benefits by 3.6 percent; for neediest seniors it may boost lifeline

The first cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on Social Security checks in two years was announced this week, reports The Washington Post. For lower- and middle-class seniors, Social Security represents a…

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Social Security redistributes benefits from men to women

When looking at Social Security benefits per household, rather than per individual, a new study shows that the wage gap between men and women wipes out a lot…

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Report: Minorities depend more on Social Security

The Washington Post reports that Social Security is a critical safety net for minority Americans. Minorities tend to be poorer and more vulnerable to economic fluctuations than their…

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Utah representative proposes plan to help Social Security

To help keep Social Security solvent, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced a Social Security reform proposal to a House supercommittee on Tuesday. While the plan may be controversial,…

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When to start collecting Social Security is confusing

According to Investment News, deciding when to start taking Social Security is a "strategy unto itself," says James Robinson, a regional director at the Principal Financial Group, Inc.…

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Social Security planning further complicated by spousal benefits and taxes

It's not only when to collect our Social Security that is confusing, but also how to collect spousal benefits and taxes that can complicate Social Security planning, reports…

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Is Social Security a Ponzi scheme?

Social Security could be considered a Ponzi scheme in three major ways, according to GazetteXtra.com. (1) The payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by…

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Social Security: a Ponzi scheme? Part 2

According to the GazetteXtra, the fourth difference between Ponzi and Social Security is a major contrast: (4) If you apply for benefits after age 62 and continue working,…

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If Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, how do we fix it?

Our previous two blogs outline how Social Security may be similar to a Ponzi scheme according to the National Center for Public Policy Research, as noted in the GazetteXtra,…

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Kentucky sisters go to court to get Social Security cards

Two sisters, who live in the tiny enclave of Lily, Kentucky, close to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, will finally get Social Security numbers, according to the…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning 66 in 2012–part 1

In 2012 the oldest baby boomers will turn age 66, an important age for Social Security eligibility, according to US News. Many of the rules for claiming Social…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning age 66 in 2012–part 2

At age 66, baby boomers can claim the full amount of Social Security that they have earned, and the penalty for working while claiming Social Security benefits disappears,…

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Privatizing Social Security not the answer

It is a myth that Social Security is an entitlement, according to Don Samuels in the Summit Daily. Social Security is a benefit that comes from paying into…

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Does tax break harm Social Security?

Congress extended the payroll tax reduction for taxpayers through February 2012.  Each party structured the tax cut in the best light for their own political goals, according to…

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How can a vocational expert help with Social Security Disability benefits?

If you are denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you have the option to appeal the initial decision. At the appeals stage, a vocational expert may be called…

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Raising the retirement age won’t save Social Security

Since the average life expectancy is higher than it was 40 years ago, many politicians and economists have publicly opined that raising the Early Eligibility Age (EEA) for…

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2012 Social Security changes a boost to beneficiaries

Social Security beneficiaries will receive larger benefits payments in 2012, according to Weho News. What do these increases actually mean? Effectively taking political issues out of the rate-setting…

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Social Security recipients better off with lawyers than with advocates

Non-lawyers who represent people in Social Security Disability [SSD] are known as ‘Social Security advocates.' Some "have been caught lying about health reports and wound up defrauding the…

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5 Social Security myths that need correcting

Social Security is not the only cause of America's fiscal problems, but it is Exhibit A in why it is so hard to fix them, according to CBS…

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How did Social Security begin?

Ida May Fuller, a resident of rural Vermont, was the first beneficiary of a recurring Social Security payment on January 31, 1940, according to Bloomberg. Her SS number…

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Watch for scams during tax season

Everywhere you look these days, someone has a deal for you that is “too good to be true.” These “scams” can do major damage to your credit score…

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Social Security in the red

Society Security is running almost $50 billion in the red each year, deficits that are being covered by reserves in the General Fund, reports the Kipsap Peninsula Business…

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Getting Married? Better Tell the Social Security Administration

This is a popular time of year for proclamations of love. Such displays of affection can be as simple as a heart with a “be mine” message or…

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An Alternative to Social Security

2010 represented the first year since 1983 that the Social Security trust began paying out more in benefits than it collected in tax revenue, according to the San Francisco…

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Social Security and Medicare Under Fire

Missiles are being pointed at Social Security and Medicare--two federal health benefit programs for older Americans. Some are stealth missiles; some are misguided missiles, reports the Nashua Telegraph.…

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Social Security Disability Benefits Can Take 800 Days to Process

Although a person can save funds for medical insurance, life insurance, and six months to a year of pay in case of an emergency, when an accident or…

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Raise the Age for Collecting Social Security?

According to a Bank of America Corp. survey, about 59 percent of those with more than $250,000 in investments said that the government should increase the eligibility age…

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40,000 People Stole the Same Social Security Number

FDR signed the Social Security Act into law in 1935. It was created as a self-funding program paid through payroll taxes paid by both the employee and his…

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Two odd stories about Social Security

Social Security touches the lives of almost every American family. It not only provides income to retirees but also to workers who become disabled and to families in which…

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First in a series about what candidates offer concerning Social Security

March 7, 2012 Running for president in the Republican primaries of 2012, Mitt Romney proposes actions that will help to preserve Medicare and Social Security, according to an…

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When to collect Social Security?

Because they start taking Social Security before their full retirement age, 72 percent of retirees lock in a lifetime of smaller benefits, according to Reuters. They may be…

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Eight things you might not know about SS

March 12, 2012 Here are eight things that you might not know about the SS program, according to The Sacramento Bee. 1. For every year you postpone Social…

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In retirement, what can you afford to spend on extras?

There is a new taxonomy of aging, reports the Houston Chronicle. Where once turning 65 made you "old," demographers now identify three groups: The "young-old" are those between…

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Opening remarks at the Social Security subcommittee

On March 20, Representative Xavier Becerra (D.--CA)  made a speech on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to a Social Security (SS) subcommittee on ways and means, reports Insurance…

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Social Security Stops Issuing Paper Statements

By suspending the mailing of annual statements to about 150 million Americans, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has created an information vacuum, says the Los Angeles Times. For…

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National ID card could solve SS fraud

The most common form of identification in the United States is a driver’s license, but nonwhites are somewhat less likely than whites to have drivers’ licenses, according to…

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Resources tapped while awaiting SSD benefits

Who would you turn to if a disability or illness kept you from working? A 2012 poll found that friends and family continued to be the leading resource…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 1

Even though Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President who proposed Social Security in 1935, this editorial writer from Ohio’s Columbia Dispatch opines that FDR would not like what Social…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 2

The Great Depression and the stock market crash left many older Americans broke. In a radio broadcast on the third anniversary of the Social Security Act in 1938,…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 3

In 1960, there were five workers per Social Security recipient. Today, there are three workers per recipient, and by 2025, the ratio will approach two workers per recipient.…

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Part 1: 10 ways to prevent identity and Social Security theft

Even though Social Security Administration is going completely electronic, you still need to be careful and know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on the rise. Here are the…

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Part 2–10 things to prevent identity theft

The news is that Social Security benefit deposits are going totally electronic by March 2013, so you need to know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on…

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Part 1: 4 steps to handling personal finances when a disability occurs

Planning for a life-altering disability isn't always at the top of the priority list. But, when you're diagnosed with a disabling condition, you just might need a plan.…

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More people collect Social Security early

May 7, 2012 For the first time in history, Social Security had to pay out more in benefits than it took in for payroll taxes, reports Fox Business.…

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Obama says Social Security just needs a ‘tweak’

In a recent interview with the American Association of Retired People (AARP), President Obama discussed unemployment, gas prices, tax cuts, and Social Security.  He said that it will…

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SSDI can help save you financially

The Social Security Administration reports that just over one in four of today's 20-year-olds will become disabled before age 67, according to the South Bend Tribune. In fact,…

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Perennial questions about Social Security

June 6, 2012 Should you apply for Social Security? If you have never worked, do you get Social Security? These are two perennial questions that pop up concerning…

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Making Social Security gender neutral

Elderly women receive far fewer Social Security benefits than men, according to Huff Post. In the late 1930s, Social Security was designed by a committee that used the beliefs…

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The difference between SSDI and SSI

Despite the similar acronyms, SSI and SSDI are quite different, according to AARP.org. Dating back to 1960, SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. It’s an earned benefit that…

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Children: identity thieves’ new targets

Children are being targeted by identity thieves 35 times more often than adults, reports Fox Business. Fifteen percent of the victims are under the age of five. A Social…

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Social Security Disability claims increase

By the end of 2013, the Social Security Administration expects Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims to reach 1.1 million, according to timesunion.com. SSDI provides monthly benefits to…

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SSA helps two mentally disabled men

In a groundbreaking decision Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide training and assistance to two mentally disabled men, reports…

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SSDI and SSI may be available for wounded service members

All service members who became disabled on active duty after October 1, 2001, are possibly eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)…

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Correcting a possible Social Security mistake

June 27, 2012 Financial experts say you should draw Social Security benefits as late as possible, but about 75 percent of Americans start drawing their benefits at the…

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SSDI benefits for severe depression

Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that can be profoundly disabling. For that reason, many people with severe depression may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits…

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Social Security: not the young against old

July 9, 2012 Some young people believe Social Security benefits will be gone by the time they are of age to use the program. However, others believe this…

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Disabled people’s unemployment rate reaches three-year low, SSDI applications stabilize

July 16, 2012 During the second quarter of 2012, the unemployment rate among people with disabilities dropped to its lowest in more than three years while applications for…

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Increase in SSDI benefits criticized by some

August 15, 2012 Attacks against Social Security Disability Insurance have been on the rise lately, according to Newsday. Among other things, some critics say that SSDI applications have increased…

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Protecting your Social Security number

August 20, 2012 Your Social Security number (SSN) is tied to your identity and should be kept private, but it’s becoming more and more frequent to include it…

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Reasons to collect Social Security as soon as you can

August 27, 2012 Most articles from financial experts will tell you to delay collecting Social Security as long as you can--to wait until your full retirement age or…

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Why collecting Social Security early may be wise choice

August 29, 2012 To continue the discussion of why Huffington Post says that it may be smart for you to take Social Security as soon as possible, let’s review…

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Answers to common Social Security Questions and Concerns

August 31, 2012 Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits will continue as long as the person's medical condition does not improve and as long as she remains unable to…

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12 tips to prevent identity theft

September 12, 2012 To keep someone from stealing your identity, some simple precautions and these twelve steps may be able to help you, according to ehow.com. (1) Protect your…

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3 Social Security ‘gotchas’ to avoid

The Social Security Handbook has 2,728 rules and countless interpretations—which can sometimes lead to contradictions in the system, reports Forbes. For example: (1) If you take your retirement…

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Three more Social Security ‘catch 22s’ to watch out for

According to Forbes, over the decades the rules governing Social Security benefits have become increasingly complex and confusing—even to the people working at local Social Security offices. For…

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4 more Social Security tips to be aware of

The rules for obtaining Social Security benefits—and the types of benefits you can receive—are confusing, according to Forbes. For example: 7. If you divorce after 10 years or more…

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Reasons to delay collecting Social Security benefits

Collecting Social Security at 62 when it pays your full benefit at 65-67—depending on the year you were born—may not be financially wise, according to the Rapid City Journal.…

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8 Social Security myths busted

According to The Christian Science Monitor, some of the most common myths about Social Security include the following: 1. Social security funds are running out, so I should collect…

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Social Security myths continued

Given our national retirement program’s handbook of 2,728 rules and countless interpretations, few of us are likely to thoroughly understand Social Security, according to The Christian Science Monitor.…

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70 Percent of SSDI claims denied

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult due to how long a claim can take and the high chance of being denied, according to DisabilitySecrets.com. Statistically,…

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New Jersey man indicted for selling fake Social Security cards

Apparently for some people in search of a legal U.S. identity, all that is needed is a birth date, name of their choosing, a photo, and cash. On…

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Ways to make sure your COLA goes further

According to stltoday.com , there are some practical ways to help make sure that the small 2013 cost of living (COLA) increase can go further for you. 1. Review healthcare…

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Can you collect SSDI and Medicaid at the same time?

November 12, 2012 According to the Cypress Creek Mirror, a 58-year-old woman was diagnosed with stage IIIA metastatic breast cancer. She was unemployed at the time. A breast/ovarian cancer…

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Undo your decision to draw Social Security early

If you file for Social Security at age 62, you earn only 75 percent of what you would get by filing at the full retirement age of 66.…

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How to “undo” early Social Security payments

Early Social Security payments may be reduced, but not necessarily forever. There are little-known exceptions to what most people think of as a permanent, lifetime reduction, according to Money Watch.…

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A final way to “undo” early Social Security withdrawal

If you retired earlier than 66 and draw less than 100 percent in Social Security benefits, there are three ways to "undo" your decision, according to Market Watch.…

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5 ways to fix the Social Security problem

Market Watch says that there are five principles that Congress should keep in mind when it comes to fixing Social Security: 1. Because retirements are at risk, Congress…

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More ways to fix the Social Security conundrum

Adding to the three principles outlined in Friday’s blog, Market Watch also wants Congress to keep in mind two more considerations when it comes to tackling Social Security solvency:…

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Certain Medical Conditions Automatically Qualify You for SSDI

There are a number of impairments—both physical and mental—that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), according to…

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Wonder if your condition is not in the SSA Blue Book?

As mentioned in our last blog, there are a number of impairments that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI), according to DisabilitySecrets.com. The…

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Can Spouses Collect Benefits For Deceased Social Security Disability Recipients?

March 4, 2013 The death of a spouse can be extremely difficult, both emotionally and financially. For those whose spouses were collecting Social Security Disability Benefits, the loss can…

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Receiving Both Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Benefits

April 22, 2013 One of the most common causes for an individual to seek Social Security Disability Benefits is because they are left unable to work after an…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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Social Security Advocates Fight Against COLA Cut Proposals

Plenty of Social Security advocates are up in arms over news that the Obama administration is considering switching to a “chained” Consumer Price Index when making cost-of-living adjustments…

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Social Security Attorneys Explain Common Program Misconceptions

April 17, 2013 The laws surrounding how Social Security Benefits are distributed are quite complex. These complexities can often lead to citizens becoming confused about the regulations of…

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Will Social Security Benefits Increase Next Year?

May 15, 2013 Each year, the Social Security Administration evaluates the cost of everyday items deemed as staples to survival and adjusts the amount of money Social Security…

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Social Security benefits can be received as early as 62

December 13, 2010 A reader posed a question to mysanantonio.com asking what the options are for receiving Social Security benefits. In the reply, it explains that Social Security…

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Social Security benefits can be received as early as 62

December 13, 2010 A reader posed a question to mysanantonio.com asking what the options are for receiving Social Security benefits. In the reply, it explains that Social Security…

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Do cost of living adjustments help with Social Security benefits?

April 25, 2011 Social Security benefits are generally adjusted based on the cost of living expenses. In the 1970s, Congress regularized Social Security benefits boosts and provided predictable…

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Do cost of living adjustments help with Social Security benefits?

April 25, 2011 Social Security benefits are generally adjusted based on the cost of living expenses. In the 1970s, Congress regularized Social Security benefits boosts and provided predictable…

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Social Security Administration Announces Upgrades To Online Benefit Management

March 11, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced it has launched several new services to beneficiaries through its online account management services. According to a press release from…

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Cuts to Social Security benefits will hurt women, minorities

November 19, 2010 A draft report of President Obama’s  response to the national deficit shows that if Social Security benefits are cut, the nation’s poor and minorities would…

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Commission presents report to save Social Security benefits

November 29, 2010 The Deficit Commission plans to fix the country’s budget crisis an take measures to strengthen Social Security. Its goal is to return Social Security to…

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Seniors can increase Social Security benefit amount

November 30, 2010 A report on CBS.com says seniors can potentially boost their Social Security benefits by thousands of dollars a year. There are ways to maximize Social…

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Proposals to cut federal spending still include reducing Social Security benefits

December 1, 2010 A plan to balance the budget and reduce the national deficit still includes making cuts to Social Security benefits. According to The Associated Press, proposals…

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Retirement age determines Social Security benefit amount

December 6, 2010 According to CourierPress.com, when you decide when you want to retire, the amount of your Social Security benefits will be determined. Most people who are…

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Man believes cutting Social Security isn’t necessary for national deficit

December 16, 2010 An opinion contributer to politico.com believes it was a bad idea for President Obama to negotiate tax cuts to Social Security. It could affect Social…

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Social Security benefits are crucial for women

December 17, 2010 Nearly half of women 65 and older would be living in poverty if they didn’t receive Social Security benefits, according to physorg.com. The number remains at…

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Future retirees may not have access to Social Security benefits

December 29, 2010 According to an opinion article on The Boston Globe, Social Security will run out by 2037. Those 40 and younger will be forced to rely…

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Role of Social Security changes for future retirees

December 30, 2010 The future of Social Security leaves many questions unanswered for future retirees. According to OnWallStreet.com, many people don’t know how much to save to supplement…

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You can work and receive Social Security benefits

January 24, 2011 Those who work full time and qualify to receive Social Security benefits may receive a paycheck and benefits, according to detnews.com. You are not disqualified from…

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Former governor believes cuts to Social Security benefits are necessary

February 10, 2011 Former New Mexico Republican Gov. Gary Johnson believes there is too much government spending and changes to Social Security benefits are necessary, the Iowa Independent…

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Do cost of living adjustments help with Social Security benefits?

April 25, 2011 Social Security benefits are generally adjusted based on the cost of living expenses. In the 1970s, Congress regularized Social Security benefits boosts and provided predictable…

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More retire early to collect Social Security benefits

April 28, 2011 An unstable economy has prompted many to go into early retirement and collect social Security Benefits sooner than predicted. According to npr.com, in 2010, more…

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Woman indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud

May 2, 2011 A woman has been indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud. The woman applied for and received Social Security survivor benefits for one of…

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Improvements to Social Security benefits, Medicare may ensure future for retirees

May 3, 2011 The potential changes being presented to Social Security benefits have caused anxiety for many Americans, especially those with plans to retire soon. Janet Witt, grassroots…

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New Rule Protects Disability and Social Security Funds from Garnishment

May 4, 2011 The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a new rule that took effect on Monday making it more difficult for creditors to garnish Social Security…

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AARP Launches Campaign to Safeguard Social Security and Medicare

May 5, 2011 AARP kicked off a new, multi-million dollar campaign yesterday to protect retirees from potentially “detrimental” budget cuts to Social Security and Medicare. A recent AARP…

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Watchdog Group Calls Out Billionaire David Koch for Social Security Stand

May 6, 2011 On Wednesday, watchdog group Brave New Foundation released an inflammatory new viral video titled “Koch Brothers Exposed.” The eight-minute video juxtaposes footage of American businessman David…

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Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Dead Grandfather’s Social Security Benefits for 27 Years

May 9, 2011 On Friday, an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, man entered a guilty plea in federal court for making false statements and stealing 27 years worth of Social…

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Alabama Man Gets Probation After Spending Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

May 10, 2011 A 58-year-old resident of Prichard, Alabama, received five years probation last week for illegally collecting $33,588 in Social Security monies after his mother died. The…

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Senate Finance Chairman Says Deficit Reduction Package Won’t Impact Social Security

May 11, 2011 The deficit reduction package that Congress is now hammering out won’t include cuts to Social Security, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. On Tuesday,…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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5 Myths About Social Security

It can be super confusing to navigate the many rules and regulations on which Social Security and Social Security Disability are built. Let the Social Security Disability lawyers…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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5 Ways to Get More From Social Security

A new blog post on the Forbes website divulges the best strategies for gleaning the largest possible amount from the Social Security Administration each month. Financial educator Liz…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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Social Security Benefits Gone By 2036

June 1, 2011 The Social Security Board of Trustees released their annual report on the status of Social Security Trust Funds in mid-May with bleaker findings than expected.…

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Social Security raises its benefits by 3.6 percent; for neediest seniors it may boost lifeline

The first cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on Social Security checks in two years was announced this week, reports The Washington Post. For lower- and middle-class seniors, Social Security represents a…

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Social Security redistributes benefits from men to women

When looking at Social Security benefits per household, rather than per individual, a new study shows that the wage gap between men and women wipes out a lot…

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Report: Minorities depend more on Social Security

The Washington Post reports that Social Security is a critical safety net for minority Americans. Minorities tend to be poorer and more vulnerable to economic fluctuations than their…

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Utah representative proposes plan to help Social Security

To help keep Social Security solvent, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced a Social Security reform proposal to a House supercommittee on Tuesday. While the plan may be controversial,…

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When to start collecting Social Security is confusing

According to Investment News, deciding when to start taking Social Security is a "strategy unto itself," says James Robinson, a regional director at the Principal Financial Group, Inc.…

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Social Security planning further complicated by spousal benefits and taxes

It's not only when to collect our Social Security that is confusing, but also how to collect spousal benefits and taxes that can complicate Social Security planning, reports…

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Is Social Security a Ponzi scheme?

Social Security could be considered a Ponzi scheme in three major ways, according to GazetteXtra.com. (1) The payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by…

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Social Security: a Ponzi scheme? Part 2

According to the GazetteXtra, the fourth difference between Ponzi and Social Security is a major contrast: (4) If you apply for benefits after age 62 and continue working,…

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If Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, how do we fix it?

Our previous two blogs outline how Social Security may be similar to a Ponzi scheme according to the National Center for Public Policy Research, as noted in the GazetteXtra,…

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Kentucky sisters go to court to get Social Security cards

Two sisters, who live in the tiny enclave of Lily, Kentucky, close to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, will finally get Social Security numbers, according to the…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning 66 in 2012–part 1

In 2012 the oldest baby boomers will turn age 66, an important age for Social Security eligibility, according to US News. Many of the rules for claiming Social…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning age 66 in 2012–part 2

At age 66, baby boomers can claim the full amount of Social Security that they have earned, and the penalty for working while claiming Social Security benefits disappears,…

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Privatizing Social Security not the answer

It is a myth that Social Security is an entitlement, according to Don Samuels in the Summit Daily. Social Security is a benefit that comes from paying into…

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Does tax break harm Social Security?

Congress extended the payroll tax reduction for taxpayers through February 2012.  Each party structured the tax cut in the best light for their own political goals, according to…

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How can a vocational expert help with Social Security Disability benefits?

If you are denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you have the option to appeal the initial decision. At the appeals stage, a vocational expert may be called…

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Raising the retirement age won’t save Social Security

Since the average life expectancy is higher than it was 40 years ago, many politicians and economists have publicly opined that raising the Early Eligibility Age (EEA) for…

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2012 Social Security changes a boost to beneficiaries

Social Security beneficiaries will receive larger benefits payments in 2012, according to Weho News. What do these increases actually mean? Effectively taking political issues out of the rate-setting…

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Social Security recipients better off with lawyers than with advocates

Non-lawyers who represent people in Social Security Disability [SSD] are known as ‘Social Security advocates.' Some "have been caught lying about health reports and wound up defrauding the…

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5 Social Security myths that need correcting

Social Security is not the only cause of America's fiscal problems, but it is Exhibit A in why it is so hard to fix them, according to CBS…

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How did Social Security begin?

Ida May Fuller, a resident of rural Vermont, was the first beneficiary of a recurring Social Security payment on January 31, 1940, according to Bloomberg. Her SS number…

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Watch for scams during tax season

Everywhere you look these days, someone has a deal for you that is “too good to be true.” These “scams” can do major damage to your credit score…

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Social Security in the red

Society Security is running almost $50 billion in the red each year, deficits that are being covered by reserves in the General Fund, reports the Kipsap Peninsula Business…

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Getting Married? Better Tell the Social Security Administration

This is a popular time of year for proclamations of love. Such displays of affection can be as simple as a heart with a “be mine” message or…

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An Alternative to Social Security

2010 represented the first year since 1983 that the Social Security trust began paying out more in benefits than it collected in tax revenue, according to the San Francisco…

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Social Security and Medicare Under Fire

Missiles are being pointed at Social Security and Medicare--two federal health benefit programs for older Americans. Some are stealth missiles; some are misguided missiles, reports the Nashua Telegraph.…

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Social Security Disability Benefits Can Take 800 Days to Process

Although a person can save funds for medical insurance, life insurance, and six months to a year of pay in case of an emergency, when an accident or…

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Raise the Age for Collecting Social Security?

According to a Bank of America Corp. survey, about 59 percent of those with more than $250,000 in investments said that the government should increase the eligibility age…

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40,000 People Stole the Same Social Security Number

FDR signed the Social Security Act into law in 1935. It was created as a self-funding program paid through payroll taxes paid by both the employee and his…

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Two odd stories about Social Security

Social Security touches the lives of almost every American family. It not only provides income to retirees but also to workers who become disabled and to families in which…

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First in a series about what candidates offer concerning Social Security

March 7, 2012 Running for president in the Republican primaries of 2012, Mitt Romney proposes actions that will help to preserve Medicare and Social Security, according to an…

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When to collect Social Security?

Because they start taking Social Security before their full retirement age, 72 percent of retirees lock in a lifetime of smaller benefits, according to Reuters. They may be…

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Eight things you might not know about SS

March 12, 2012 Here are eight things that you might not know about the SS program, according to The Sacramento Bee. 1. For every year you postpone Social…

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In retirement, what can you afford to spend on extras?

There is a new taxonomy of aging, reports the Houston Chronicle. Where once turning 65 made you "old," demographers now identify three groups: The "young-old" are those between…

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Opening remarks at the Social Security subcommittee

On March 20, Representative Xavier Becerra (D.--CA)  made a speech on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to a Social Security (SS) subcommittee on ways and means, reports Insurance…

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Social Security Stops Issuing Paper Statements

By suspending the mailing of annual statements to about 150 million Americans, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has created an information vacuum, says the Los Angeles Times. For…

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National ID card could solve SS fraud

The most common form of identification in the United States is a driver’s license, but nonwhites are somewhat less likely than whites to have drivers’ licenses, according to…

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Resources tapped while awaiting SSD benefits

Who would you turn to if a disability or illness kept you from working? A 2012 poll found that friends and family continued to be the leading resource…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 1

Even though Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President who proposed Social Security in 1935, this editorial writer from Ohio’s Columbia Dispatch opines that FDR would not like what Social…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 2

The Great Depression and the stock market crash left many older Americans broke. In a radio broadcast on the third anniversary of the Social Security Act in 1938,…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 3

In 1960, there were five workers per Social Security recipient. Today, there are three workers per recipient, and by 2025, the ratio will approach two workers per recipient.…

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Part 1: 10 ways to prevent identity and Social Security theft

Even though Social Security Administration is going completely electronic, you still need to be careful and know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on the rise. Here are the…

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Part 2–10 things to prevent identity theft

The news is that Social Security benefit deposits are going totally electronic by March 2013, so you need to know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on…

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Part 1: 4 steps to handling personal finances when a disability occurs

Planning for a life-altering disability isn't always at the top of the priority list. But, when you're diagnosed with a disabling condition, you just might need a plan.…

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More people collect Social Security early

May 7, 2012 For the first time in history, Social Security had to pay out more in benefits than it took in for payroll taxes, reports Fox Business.…

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Obama says Social Security just needs a ‘tweak’

In a recent interview with the American Association of Retired People (AARP), President Obama discussed unemployment, gas prices, tax cuts, and Social Security.  He said that it will…

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SSDI can help save you financially

The Social Security Administration reports that just over one in four of today's 20-year-olds will become disabled before age 67, according to the South Bend Tribune. In fact,…

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Perennial questions about Social Security

June 6, 2012 Should you apply for Social Security? If you have never worked, do you get Social Security? These are two perennial questions that pop up concerning…

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Making Social Security gender neutral

Elderly women receive far fewer Social Security benefits than men, according to Huff Post. In the late 1930s, Social Security was designed by a committee that used the beliefs…

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The difference between SSDI and SSI

Despite the similar acronyms, SSI and SSDI are quite different, according to AARP.org. Dating back to 1960, SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. It’s an earned benefit that…

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Children: identity thieves’ new targets

Children are being targeted by identity thieves 35 times more often than adults, reports Fox Business. Fifteen percent of the victims are under the age of five. A Social…

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Social Security Disability claims increase

By the end of 2013, the Social Security Administration expects Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims to reach 1.1 million, according to timesunion.com. SSDI provides monthly benefits to…

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SSA helps two mentally disabled men

In a groundbreaking decision Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide training and assistance to two mentally disabled men, reports…

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SSDI and SSI may be available for wounded service members

All service members who became disabled on active duty after October 1, 2001, are possibly eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)…

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Correcting a possible Social Security mistake

June 27, 2012 Financial experts say you should draw Social Security benefits as late as possible, but about 75 percent of Americans start drawing their benefits at the…

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SSDI benefits for severe depression

Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that can be profoundly disabling. For that reason, many people with severe depression may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits…

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Social Security: not the young against old

July 9, 2012 Some young people believe Social Security benefits will be gone by the time they are of age to use the program. However, others believe this…

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Disabled people’s unemployment rate reaches three-year low, SSDI applications stabilize

July 16, 2012 During the second quarter of 2012, the unemployment rate among people with disabilities dropped to its lowest in more than three years while applications for…

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Increase in SSDI benefits criticized by some

August 15, 2012 Attacks against Social Security Disability Insurance have been on the rise lately, according to Newsday. Among other things, some critics say that SSDI applications have increased…

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Protecting your Social Security number

August 20, 2012 Your Social Security number (SSN) is tied to your identity and should be kept private, but it’s becoming more and more frequent to include it…

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Reasons to collect Social Security as soon as you can

August 27, 2012 Most articles from financial experts will tell you to delay collecting Social Security as long as you can--to wait until your full retirement age or…

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Why collecting Social Security early may be wise choice

August 29, 2012 To continue the discussion of why Huffington Post says that it may be smart for you to take Social Security as soon as possible, let’s review…

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Answers to common Social Security Questions and Concerns

August 31, 2012 Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits will continue as long as the person's medical condition does not improve and as long as she remains unable to…

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12 tips to prevent identity theft

September 12, 2012 To keep someone from stealing your identity, some simple precautions and these twelve steps may be able to help you, according to ehow.com. (1) Protect your…

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3 Social Security ‘gotchas’ to avoid

The Social Security Handbook has 2,728 rules and countless interpretations—which can sometimes lead to contradictions in the system, reports Forbes. For example: (1) If you take your retirement…

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Three more Social Security ‘catch 22s’ to watch out for

According to Forbes, over the decades the rules governing Social Security benefits have become increasingly complex and confusing—even to the people working at local Social Security offices. For…

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4 more Social Security tips to be aware of

The rules for obtaining Social Security benefits—and the types of benefits you can receive—are confusing, according to Forbes. For example: 7. If you divorce after 10 years or more…

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Reasons to delay collecting Social Security benefits

Collecting Social Security at 62 when it pays your full benefit at 65-67—depending on the year you were born—may not be financially wise, according to the Rapid City Journal.…

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8 Social Security myths busted

According to The Christian Science Monitor, some of the most common myths about Social Security include the following: 1. Social security funds are running out, so I should collect…

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Social Security myths continued

Given our national retirement program’s handbook of 2,728 rules and countless interpretations, few of us are likely to thoroughly understand Social Security, according to The Christian Science Monitor.…

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70 Percent of SSDI claims denied

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult due to how long a claim can take and the high chance of being denied, according to DisabilitySecrets.com. Statistically,…

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New Jersey man indicted for selling fake Social Security cards

Apparently for some people in search of a legal U.S. identity, all that is needed is a birth date, name of their choosing, a photo, and cash. On…

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Ways to make sure your COLA goes further

According to stltoday.com , there are some practical ways to help make sure that the small 2013 cost of living (COLA) increase can go further for you. 1. Review healthcare…

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Can you collect SSDI and Medicaid at the same time?

November 12, 2012 According to the Cypress Creek Mirror, a 58-year-old woman was diagnosed with stage IIIA metastatic breast cancer. She was unemployed at the time. A breast/ovarian cancer…

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Undo your decision to draw Social Security early

If you file for Social Security at age 62, you earn only 75 percent of what you would get by filing at the full retirement age of 66.…

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How to “undo” early Social Security payments

Early Social Security payments may be reduced, but not necessarily forever. There are little-known exceptions to what most people think of as a permanent, lifetime reduction, according to Money Watch.…

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A final way to “undo” early Social Security withdrawal

If you retired earlier than 66 and draw less than 100 percent in Social Security benefits, there are three ways to "undo" your decision, according to Market Watch.…

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5 ways to fix the Social Security problem

Market Watch says that there are five principles that Congress should keep in mind when it comes to fixing Social Security: 1. Because retirements are at risk, Congress…

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More ways to fix the Social Security conundrum

Adding to the three principles outlined in Friday’s blog, Market Watch also wants Congress to keep in mind two more considerations when it comes to tackling Social Security solvency:…

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Certain Medical Conditions Automatically Qualify You for SSDI

There are a number of impairments—both physical and mental—that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), according to…

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Wonder if your condition is not in the SSA Blue Book?

As mentioned in our last blog, there are a number of impairments that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI), according to DisabilitySecrets.com. The…

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Social Security Administration Beginning More Use Of Electronic Systems

January 11, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced several changes that will be implemented this year which are aimed at improving the efficiency and ease of…

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Changes Considered For Inflation Measures In Social Security Payments

January 16, 2013 With the government attempting to rescue the nation from falling over the fiscal cliff, legislators have begun to consider making changes to the way inflation…

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2013 Brings Changes To Social Security System And Payments

January 21, 2013 The New Year has brought several significant changes to not only the way Social Security Disability benefits are being paid, but how much each recipient is…

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Social Security Myths Debunked

January 23, 2013 An article by the Marshfield News Herald took a look at several myths surrounding Social Security benefits in the United States. The first myth that was…

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Experts Say Funding For Social Security Benefits Could Run Dry By 2016

January 28, 2013 With a large volume of aging workers preparing for retirement and a massive influx on claims for SSD Benefits, funding for Social Security is taking out…

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Decline In Baby Boomers Health Could Lead To Inflated Benefit Costs

February 8, 2013 A new report from JAMA Internal Medicine shows that the baby boomer generation, once thought to be the healthiest age demographic in the nation, may not…

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Social Security Disability Claims Rising While Program Funding Decreases

February 11, 2013 A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office states that the nation’s Social Security program is in trouble. According to the Fort Bragg Patch, the new…

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Several Tips For Increasing Social Security Benefits

February 22, 2013 The Social Security Administration reports there are currently an estimated 62 million recipients of both Social Security Disability and retirement benefits. Yet, many of those individuals…

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Social Security Administration Announces Upgrades To Online Benefit Management

March 11, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced it has launched several new services to beneficiaries through its online account management services. According to a press release from…

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Senate Blocks Changes To The Way Disability COLAs Are Figured

April 15, 2013 The United States Senate recently voted against a proposed bill that would have significantly changed the way increases in payments to those receiving Social Security…

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Social Security Attorneys Explain Common Program Misconceptions

April 17, 2013 The laws surrounding how Social Security Benefits are distributed are quite complex. These complexities can often lead to citizens becoming confused about the regulations of…

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2013 Social Security Report Highlights Financial Struggles

June 3, 2013 Last week, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released its report on the financial status of its trust funds. The report highlighted several areas of concern…

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Social Security Benefits A Lifeline For Millions Of Americans

August 30, 2013 While much of the recent media attention surrounding Social Security Benefits has focused on cases of fraud and dwindling program funding, it is important to…

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Social Security Administration Begins Processing Claims For Same Sex Couples

September 11, 2013 The laws that oversee how and to who Social Security Benefits are offered can be quite complex. With the federal government acknowledging the legitimacy of…

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What You Don’t Know About Social Security Benefits Can Affect Your Claim

A portion of most workers’ paychecks go towards their Social Security benefits. But while millions of Americans are paying into this program, very few understand the policies that…

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Same-Sex Couples May Now Qualify for Supplemental Security Income

Proving to Social Security Administration that you’re in need of assistance through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a difficult process, but it can be even more frustrating…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Speech Disorders

Speech disorders affect roughly 7.5 million United States citizens. Many of those with speech disorder disabilities may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but it’s important to understand…

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What Social Security Benefits Are Available for Same-Sex Couples?

Most Americans pay into the Social Security program throughout their entire working careers, but what happens to a person’s benefits if they pass away unexpectedly? The attorneys with…

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SSA Highlights Need For Supplemental Security Income Recipients To Report Wages

October 2, 2013 For those who do not have enough resources for income to support themselves and their families due to a disability, the government provides several options…

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AARP Launches Social Security Benefits Calculator

AARP recently rolled out a new feature on its website to help seniors calculate at what age to begin collecting Social Security payments. The interactive tool is designed…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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Fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability Benefits

January 7, 2013 The American College of Rheumatology estimates that between three and six million Americans currently suffer from pain associated with fibromyalgia. For many, the pain is…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Benefits For Fibromyalgia Sufferers

August 23, 2013 In the past several decades, one of the leading causes for Social Security Disability claims has been chronic pain, with a leading cause of such…

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Girl Born Via In Vitro Can’t Receive Late Father’s Social Security Benefits, Says Court

An eight-year-old Iowa girl who was conceived via in vitro fertilization almost two years after her father died is not eligible to receive his Social Security benefits, a…

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Retirement age determines Social Security benefit amount

December 6, 2010 According to CourierPress.com, when you decide when you want to retire, the amount of your Social Security benefits will be determined. Most people who are…

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Social Security Administration Begins Processing Claims For Same Sex Couples

September 11, 2013 The laws that oversee how and to who Social Security Benefits are offered can be quite complex. With the federal government acknowledging the legitimacy of…

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Going Online for Social Security Benefits

New estimates from the Social Security Administration (SSA) show an estimated 10.9 million recipients of Social Security Disability benefits—an increase from previous totals. The SSA has become bogged…

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How Does Divorce Affect Social Security Benefits?

January 9, 2012 With the number of divorces and people filing for Social Security Disability benefits on the rise in recent years, many people who already collect benefits wonder…

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Social Security Disability Conditions: Blindness

March 19, 2014 Many Americans with Blindness and visual impairments apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits for financial support. Blindness is considered to be a permanently debilitating…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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Chained CPI Formula Would Rip Off Needy Seniors, Says L.A. Times

A new Los Angeles Times editorial makes no bones about its opposition to a proposed change to the way inflation is calculated for Social Security beneficiaries. “Of all…

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Social Security Advocates Fight Against COLA Cut Proposals

Plenty of Social Security advocates are up in arms over news that the Obama administration is considering switching to a “chained” Consumer Price Index when making cost-of-living adjustments…

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Senate Blocks Changes To The Way Disability COLAs Are Figured

April 15, 2013 The United States Senate recently voted against a proposed bill that would have significantly changed the way increases in payments to those receiving Social Security…

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Obama: ‘I Cannot Guarantee That Social Security Checks Will Go Out’ Next Month

Retired and disabled citizens of the United States are sweating collective bullets right about now as the clock ticks down on Congress’s federal deficit negotiations. In a new…

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What Social Security Benefits Are Available for Same-Sex Couples?

Most Americans pay into the Social Security program throughout their entire working careers, but what happens to a person’s benefits if they pass away unexpectedly? The attorneys with…

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Social Security Advocates Fight Against COLA Cut Proposals

Plenty of Social Security advocates are up in arms over news that the Obama administration is considering switching to a “chained” Consumer Price Index when making cost-of-living adjustments…

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Seniors Will Get Cost-of-Living Adjustment from Social Security in 2010: Report

Senior citizens should enjoy a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) from the Social Security Administration in January, according to Massachusetts nonprofit group American Institute for Economic Research (AIER). This will…

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Social Security raises its benefits by 3.6 percent; for neediest seniors it may boost lifeline

The first cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on Social Security checks in two years was announced this week, reports The Washington Post. For lower- and middle-class seniors, Social Security represents a…

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Obama Continuing to Push Changes for Cost-of-Living Adjustment

February 21, 2014 It can be a struggle to make ends meet for those who receive Social Security Disability Benefits as their only source of income. In an…

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Changes Proposed To The Way Social Security Collects and Dispenses Funds

When U.S. citizens are no longer able to work, many depend on Social Security Disability benefits for income. The problem is a lack of funding is causing a…

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Seniors Will Get Cost-of-Living Adjustment from Social Security in 2010: Report

Senior citizens should enjoy a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) from the Social Security Administration in January, according to Massachusetts nonprofit group American Institute for Economic Research (AIER). This will…

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Social Security Disability Recipients Will Receive Increase In Payments Next Year

October 30, 2013 The rising costs of living in today’s society can make it extremely difficult for those who collect Social Security disability benefits as their main source…

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Controversy Arising Around How Annual COLAs Are Determined

November 4, 2013 The federal government recently announced recipients of Social Security benefits would be receiving one of the smallest cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) in the history of the…

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Chained CPI Formula Would Rip Off Needy Seniors, Says L.A. Times

A new Los Angeles Times editorial makes no bones about its opposition to a proposed change to the way inflation is calculated for Social Security beneficiaries. “Of all…

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Seniors Will Get Cost-of-Living Adjustment from Social Security in 2010: Report

Senior citizens should enjoy a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) from the Social Security Administration in January, according to Massachusetts nonprofit group American Institute for Economic Research (AIER). This will…

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New Contingency Plan Protects Social Security Disability Operations

The Social Security Administration is responsible for handling all processes of the Social Security Disability (SSD) program. These operations are handled by thousands of government employees on a…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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Who and What Is Covered By Social Security Disability Benefits?

April 29, 2013 When a worker is hurt on the job and is left unable to preform their duties, they can be left with no source of income.…

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More retire early to collect Social Security benefits

April 28, 2011 An unstable economy has prompted many to go into early retirement and collect social Security Benefits sooner than predicted. According to npr.com, in 2010, more…

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3 Ways Your Social Security Benefits Are Already Being Cut

Though the debate about whether or not to cut Social Security spending is consuming many a politician these days, a new article from The Wall Street Journal points…

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Woman Denied Social Security Benefits After Receiving Breast Cancer Diagnosis

February 1, 2013 A Portland, Oregon, woman is reportedly struggling to make ends meet after being diagnosed with breast cancer and having her claim for Social Security Disability benefits…

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Part 1: 10 ways to prevent identity and Social Security theft

Even though Social Security Administration is going completely electronic, you still need to be careful and know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on the rise. Here are the…

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Part 2–10 things to prevent identity theft

The news is that Social Security benefit deposits are going totally electronic by March 2013, so you need to know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on…

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Qualifying for Indiana Social Security Disability

September 17, 2009 The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a five-step process to determine whether or not a person qualifies for Disability benefits. According to the SSA, a…

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New Rule Protects Disability and Social Security Funds from Garnishment

May 4, 2011 The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a new rule that took effect on Monday making it more difficult for creditors to garnish Social Security…

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Data Shows Record Number Of Social Security Disability Recipients In 2012

January 4, 2012 The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that in 2012, the number of individuals who receive Social Security Disability Benefits hit an all-time high. According to…

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2013 Brings Changes To Social Security System And Payments

January 21, 2013 The New Year has brought several significant changes to not only the way Social Security Disability benefits are being paid, but how much each recipient is…

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Kidney Disease a Common Social Security Condition

The body needs to be able to excrete waste in order to properly function. If this cannot be achieved, it can lead to an individual developing any of…

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Previous Projections of Social Security Disability Benefits Trust Fund Depletion May Be Flawed

Studies Show Projection Data Is Flawed New research indicates projections about the financial status of our nation’s retirement and disability trust funds may not be accurate. Currently, estimates…

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Social Security Act Celebrates 80th Anniversary

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law on August 14, 1935. In the eighty years that have passed since the bill’s inception, it has…

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Social Security Administration defends reason for not increasing benefits

The Social Security Administration announced that the cost of living had not risen, with inflammation low because of the slow economy, according to washintonindependent.com. It’s the reason they’re…

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Social Security poll finds people should work longer

March 10, 2011 A new Harris Poll shows 40 percent of people think we should work longer before drawing Social Security benefits, reports United Press International. The poll…

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No Increase In Social Security Payments Again This Year

May 25, 2011 It looks as if recipients of Social Security benefits will go another year with no increase in benefits. According to an article from the Associated…

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Social Security Benefits Gone By 2036

June 1, 2011 The Social Security Board of Trustees released their annual report on the status of Social Security Trust Funds in mid-May with bleaker findings than expected.…

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Social Security Administration Struggles to Collect $5.4 Billion Overpaid to Disabled Workers

Last month it was revealed that the Social Security Administration overpaid approximately $5.4 billion in benefits to disabled workers in 2009; this week the United States Government Accountability…

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Social Security Disability Payments to Cease in 2017?

Funds for Social Security Disability payments may run dry by 2017, according to a new analysis done by The Congressional Budget Office. The CBO attributes this to both…

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New Polls Show How Rick Perry’s Social Security Stance Sits with Voters

Texas Governor Rick Perry called the Social Security program a “Ponzi scheme” that was doomed for failure in his 2010 book Fed Up! It’s a denouncement that many…

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How Does Divorce Affect Social Security Benefits?

January 9, 2012 With the number of divorces and people filing for Social Security Disability benefits on the rise in recent years, many people who already collect benefits wonder…

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Social Security Administration Beginning More Use Of Electronic Systems

January 11, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced several changes that will be implemented this year which are aimed at improving the efficiency and ease of…

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Social Security Myths Debunked

January 23, 2013 An article by the Marshfield News Herald took a look at several myths surrounding Social Security benefits in the United States. The first myth that was…

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Social Security Disability Benefits

February 20, 2013 For the millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits, the money they receive is supposed to be enough to cover basic living expenses. Yet,…

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What Is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

April 5, 2013 For millions of Americans who struggle to make ends meet each year, the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income program is a vital source of…

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Your Social Security Disability Income May Be Scrutinized After You’re Approved

You may think that your financial worries are over once you’re approved for Social Security Disability benefits—but your finances may be scrutinized if you’re attempting to purchase a…

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Changes Made to Social Security Disability Eligibility With Approval of the ABLE Act

Getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult enough, but keeping benefits after you’ve been approved can be just as arduous. One of the most frustrating…

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Medical Evidence Affects Your Social Security Disability Claim

The Social Security Act was created as a means for the U.S. government to provide assistance to working citizens who suffer from a mental or physical condition that…

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When to File Social Security Disability Appeals

If you’ve ever attempted to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you know how daunting the task can be. The wait time for a decision in your case…

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New Contingency Plan Protects Social Security Disability Operations

The Social Security Administration is responsible for handling all processes of the Social Security Disability (SSD) program. These operations are handled by thousands of government employees on a…

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Can a Medical Condition Automatically Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Millions of Americans suffer from medical conditions that leave them unable to work. Many qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but the application process can be take time—some…

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The Evolution of the Social Security Disability Program

The U.S. Social Security Disability program was established in 1956 as a way to provide citizens who suffered from a disabling mental or physical condition for longer than…

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Always Report Changes to Your Social Security Disability Status

When a person is awarded Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the amount they receive is based on several factors including income, work history, marital status, and even the…

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Will The Sequester Affect Social Security Disability Benefit Claims?

March 20,2013 With thousands of federal employees facing the requirement of taking furloughed time off due to sequestration, many feel this action may do nothing but harm people.…

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Changes Could Mean Reductions In Social Security Disability Benefits

April 10, 2013 With serious budget deficits looming over the federal government, officials are attempting to find areas where spending cuts can be made. Unfortunately for recipients of…

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How Other Benefits Can Affect Social Security Disability Payments

December 2, 2013 When an individual is left permanently unable to work due to an on-the-job accident, they may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits for a…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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Seniors Will Get Cost-of-Living Adjustment from Social Security in 2010: Report

Senior citizens should enjoy a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) from the Social Security Administration in January, according to Massachusetts nonprofit group American Institute for Economic Research (AIER). This will…

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Obama Says Social Security Recipients Could See Delay In Payments

January 14, 2013 President Barack Obama announced earlier today that unless a deal can be reached to raise the nation’s current debt ceiling soon, the more than 62…

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Decline In Baby Boomers Health Could Lead To Inflated Benefit Costs

February 8, 2013 A new report from JAMA Internal Medicine shows that the baby boomer generation, once thought to be the healthiest age demographic in the nation, may not…

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2013 Social Security Report Highlights Financial Struggles

June 3, 2013 Last week, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released its report on the financial status of its trust funds. The report highlighted several areas of concern…

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Changes to the Social Security System Are Underway

An aging population of workers combined with a reduction in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) workforce has taken it’s toll on both funding and the agency's ability to…

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Complications With Getting SSD Benefits While Working

Social Security Disability benefits provide financial support to Americans unable to work due to mental or physical conditions, but they also offer vocational training and rehabilitation to get…

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Struggling to Fight a Social Security Disability Denial

The Social Security Administration has strict rules governing their policies for distributing Social Security Disability benefits. But as the old saying goes, there’s an exception to every rule.…

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Waiting for a Social Security Disability Appeal

If you’ve applied for Social Security Disability benefits, there’s a good chance your claim was denied. In fact, the Social Security Administration reports as many as 65 percent…

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The Judge Could Be a Factor in Your Social Security Disability Appeal

If you’ve applied for Social Security Disability benefits, in all likelihood, your claim has been denied. That’s because the Social Security Administration says that up to 65 percent of…

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Upgrades to Online System Makes Appealing Your Social Security Disability Claim Easier

Getting approved to receive Social Security Disability benefits is no easy task. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports up to 65 percent of claims are initially turned…

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How to Appeal a Denied Social Security Disability Claim

If your claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits was denied, you're not alone. As many as 70 percent of all initial claims for SSD benefits are rejected…

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The Results of Your Disability Appeal May Depend on the Judge

The Social Security Administration is beginning to look more closely at the approval rate discrepancy amongst its administrative law judges (ALJs), reports USA Today. Whereas a judge’s numbers…

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Denied Social Security Disability Claim: How To Appeal

June 14, 2013 Even when a person files a legitimate claim for Social Security Disability Benefits, there is a good chance it will be denied. Records from the Social…

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Your Rights During a Social Security Disability Claim

As a United States citizen, you have certain rights that cannot be encroached upon, even by the federal government. So when you’re applying for Social Security Disability benefits,…

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When to File Social Security Disability Appeals

If you’ve ever attempted to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you know how daunting the task can be. The wait time for a decision in your case…

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Going Online for Social Security Benefits

New estimates from the Social Security Administration (SSA) show an estimated 10.9 million recipients of Social Security Disability benefits—an increase from previous totals. The SSA has become bogged…

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How To Begin Applying For Social Security Disability Benefits

May 13, 2013 When an individual suffers from a condition or injury that leaves him or her unable to work for longer than one year, the only source…

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4 Steps To The Social Security Disability Application Process

January 10, 2014 Estimates show there are currently millions of Americans suffering from medical conditions that may qualify them for Social Security Disability benefits. However, the processes and…

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Problems Still Arise After a Social Security Disability Approval

It seems though even once an individual receives a Social Security Disability Approval, the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) internal mistakes and bureaucratic hiccups can still make getting benefits…

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After You’re Approved for Social Security Disability, What Factors Could Affect Your Claim and Payments?

While many disabled Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits believe their financial problems are solved when their claim is approved, nothing could be further from the truth.…

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The Results of Your Disability Appeal May Depend on the Judge

The Social Security Administration is beginning to look more closely at the approval rate discrepancy amongst its administrative law judges (ALJs), reports USA Today. Whereas a judge’s numbers…

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Debt-Ceiling Delay May Soon Hault Social Security and Disability Payments

A new analysis released Tuesday asserts that if the U.S. government doesn't come to an agreement about whether or not to raise the federal debt ceiling it could affect…

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The Results of Your Disability Appeal May Depend on the Judge

The Social Security Administration is beginning to look more closely at the approval rate discrepancy amongst its administrative law judges (ALJs), reports USA Today. Whereas a judge’s numbers…

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House Members Butt Heads Over Social Security’s Role in Debt Ceiling Talk

As potential cuts to Social Security remain on the table in the discussion about how to reduce the federal debt, members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

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Chained CPI Formula Would Rip Off Needy Seniors, Says L.A. Times

A new Los Angeles Times editorial makes no bones about its opposition to a proposed change to the way inflation is calculated for Social Security beneficiaries. “Of all…

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Social Security Administration Struggles to Collect $5.4 Billion Overpaid to Disabled Workers

Last month it was revealed that the Social Security Administration overpaid approximately $5.4 billion in benefits to disabled workers in 2009; this week the United States Government Accountability…

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AARP Launches Social Security Benefits Calculator

AARP recently rolled out a new feature on its website to help seniors calculate at what age to begin collecting Social Security payments. The interactive tool is designed…

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Social Security Disability Payments to Cease in 2017?

Funds for Social Security Disability payments may run dry by 2017, according to a new analysis done by The Congressional Budget Office. The CBO attributes this to both…

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When Should You Start Collecting Social Security?

People generally have lots of questions about Social Security, but one of the most pressing regards when to start collecting it. In a new article, the San Francisco…

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Decline In Baby Boomers Health Could Lead To Inflated Benefit Costs

February 8, 2013 A new report from JAMA Internal Medicine shows that the baby boomer generation, once thought to be the healthiest age demographic in the nation, may not…

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Difference Between Social Security Disability Benefits And Supplemental Security Income

February 13, 2013 One of the most common questions a person who has become disabled and is applying for Social Security Disability Benefits may have is, “What is the…

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How To Determine Eligibility For Social Security Disability Benefits

March 8, 2013 When a person becomes unable to work due to a health condition, one of the first questions they will often ask is, “Am I eligible…

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What Affects People’s Ability To Collect Social Security Disability Benefits?

July 29, 2013 While Social Security Disability Benefits can be a lifeline for many who are unable to work due to a mental or physical condition, a majority of…

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Applying Online For Social Security Disability Benefits

August 7, 2013 Each year, millions of Americans are left unable to work due to a debilitating mental or physical condition. This often leaves these individuals struggling to…

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What You Don’t Know About Social Security Benefits Can Affect Your Claim

A portion of most workers’ paychecks go towards their Social Security benefits. But while millions of Americans are paying into this program, very few understand the policies that…

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Are My Social Security Disability Benefits Taxable?

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…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Anemia

What Is Anemia? Anemia is a condition that affects the lives of approximately 3.5 million Americans each day. It’s caused by the body’s inability to produce enough red…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Anemia Disability

What Is Anemia? Anemia is a condition that affects the lives of approximately 3.5 million Americans each day. It’s caused by the body’s inability to produce enough red…

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New Polls Show How Rick Perry’s Social Security Stance Sits with Voters

Texas Governor Rick Perry called the Social Security program a “Ponzi scheme” that was doomed for failure in his 2010 book Fed Up! It’s a denouncement that many…

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Will The Sequester Affect Social Security Disability Benefit Claims?

March 20,2013 With thousands of federal employees facing the requirement of taking furloughed time off due to sequestration, many feel this action may do nothing but harm people.…

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How To Begin Applying For Social Security Disability Benefits

May 13, 2013 When an individual suffers from a condition or injury that leaves him or her unable to work for longer than one year, the only source…

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February Focuses On Raising Awareness of Debilitating Diseases

February 7, 2014 The month of February is a time to raise awareness of several debilitating conditions many Americans face every day. The American Heart Association has named…

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Going Online for Social Security Benefits

New estimates from the Social Security Administration (SSA) show an estimated 10.9 million recipients of Social Security Disability benefits—an increase from previous totals. The SSA has become bogged…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Kidney Disease

The body needs to be able to excrete waste in order to properly function. If this cannot be achieved, it can lead to an individual developing any of…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Examine Autism As A Condition Qualifying For Benefits

October 8, 2013 For those who are unable to work because of a mental or physical condition, resources for income can be extremely limited. This may force these…

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What To Do If A Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied

July 17, 2013 Those who are unable to work due to their mental or physical condition may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits from the federal…

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The Effects of Flaws in the Social Security Disability Benefit Claims Process

It’s no secret that the Social Security Administration is overwhelmed by a growing number of Social Security Disability benefit claims that are awaiting processing. What is shocking is…

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Changes Proposed To The Way Social Security Collects and Dispenses Funds

When U.S. citizens are no longer able to work, many depend on Social Security Disability benefits for income. The problem is a lack of funding is causing a…

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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Brother’s Social Security Disability Payments

On Wednesday a Kansas City, Missouri, man plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Prosecutors say the man, aged…

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Social Security Advocates Fight Against COLA Cut Proposals

Plenty of Social Security advocates are up in arms over news that the Obama administration is considering switching to a “chained” Consumer Price Index when making cost-of-living adjustments…

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How Will Work Affect Your Social Security Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration is offering free Work Incentive Events (WISE) across the country on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15 for those who are interested in…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning 66 in 2012–part 1

In 2012 the oldest baby boomers will turn age 66, an important age for Social Security eligibility, according to US News. Many of the rules for claiming Social…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning age 66 in 2012–part 2

At age 66, baby boomers can claim the full amount of Social Security that they have earned, and the penalty for working while claiming Social Security benefits disappears,…

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Privatizing Social Security not the answer

It is a myth that Social Security is an entitlement, according to Don Samuels in the Summit Daily. Social Security is a benefit that comes from paying into…

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Does tax break harm Social Security?

Congress extended the payroll tax reduction for taxpayers through February 2012.  Each party structured the tax cut in the best light for their own political goals, according to…

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How can a vocational expert help with Social Security Disability benefits?

If you are denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you have the option to appeal the initial decision. At the appeals stage, a vocational expert may be called…

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Raising the retirement age won’t save Social Security

Since the average life expectancy is higher than it was 40 years ago, many politicians and economists have publicly opined that raising the Early Eligibility Age (EEA) for…

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2012 Social Security changes a boost to beneficiaries

Social Security beneficiaries will receive larger benefits payments in 2012, according to Weho News. What do these increases actually mean? Effectively taking political issues out of the rate-setting…

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Social Security recipients better off with lawyers than with advocates

Non-lawyers who represent people in Social Security Disability [SSD] are known as ‘Social Security advocates.' Some "have been caught lying about health reports and wound up defrauding the…

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5 Social Security myths that need correcting

Social Security is not the only cause of America's fiscal problems, but it is Exhibit A in why it is so hard to fix them, according to CBS…

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How did Social Security begin?

Ida May Fuller, a resident of rural Vermont, was the first beneficiary of a recurring Social Security payment on January 31, 1940, according to Bloomberg. Her SS number…

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Watch for scams during tax season

Everywhere you look these days, someone has a deal for you that is “too good to be true.” These “scams” can do major damage to your credit score…

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Social Security in the red

Society Security is running almost $50 billion in the red each year, deficits that are being covered by reserves in the General Fund, reports the Kipsap Peninsula Business…

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Getting Married? Better Tell the Social Security Administration

This is a popular time of year for proclamations of love. Such displays of affection can be as simple as a heart with a “be mine” message or…

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An Alternative to Social Security

2010 represented the first year since 1983 that the Social Security trust began paying out more in benefits than it collected in tax revenue, according to the San Francisco…

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Social Security and Medicare Under Fire

Missiles are being pointed at Social Security and Medicare--two federal health benefit programs for older Americans. Some are stealth missiles; some are misguided missiles, reports the Nashua Telegraph.…

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Social Security Disability Benefits Can Take 800 Days to Process

Although a person can save funds for medical insurance, life insurance, and six months to a year of pay in case of an emergency, when an accident or…

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Raise the Age for Collecting Social Security?

According to a Bank of America Corp. survey, about 59 percent of those with more than $250,000 in investments said that the government should increase the eligibility age…

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40,000 People Stole the Same Social Security Number

FDR signed the Social Security Act into law in 1935. It was created as a self-funding program paid through payroll taxes paid by both the employee and his…

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Two odd stories about Social Security

Social Security touches the lives of almost every American family. It not only provides income to retirees but also to workers who become disabled and to families in which…

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First in a series about what candidates offer concerning Social Security

March 7, 2012 Running for president in the Republican primaries of 2012, Mitt Romney proposes actions that will help to preserve Medicare and Social Security, according to an…

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When to collect Social Security?

Because they start taking Social Security before their full retirement age, 72 percent of retirees lock in a lifetime of smaller benefits, according to Reuters. They may be…

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Eight things you might not know about SS

March 12, 2012 Here are eight things that you might not know about the SS program, according to The Sacramento Bee. 1. For every year you postpone Social…

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In retirement, what can you afford to spend on extras?

There is a new taxonomy of aging, reports the Houston Chronicle. Where once turning 65 made you "old," demographers now identify three groups: The "young-old" are those between…

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Opening remarks at the Social Security subcommittee

On March 20, Representative Xavier Becerra (D.--CA)  made a speech on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to a Social Security (SS) subcommittee on ways and means, reports Insurance…

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Social Security Stops Issuing Paper Statements

By suspending the mailing of annual statements to about 150 million Americans, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has created an information vacuum, says the Los Angeles Times. For…

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National ID card could solve SS fraud

The most common form of identification in the United States is a driver’s license, but nonwhites are somewhat less likely than whites to have drivers’ licenses, according to…

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Resources tapped while awaiting SSD benefits

Who would you turn to if a disability or illness kept you from working? A 2012 poll found that friends and family continued to be the leading resource…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 1

Even though Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President who proposed Social Security in 1935, this editorial writer from Ohio’s Columbia Dispatch opines that FDR would not like what Social…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 2

The Great Depression and the stock market crash left many older Americans broke. In a radio broadcast on the third anniversary of the Social Security Act in 1938,…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 3

In 1960, there were five workers per Social Security recipient. Today, there are three workers per recipient, and by 2025, the ratio will approach two workers per recipient.…

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Part 1: 10 ways to prevent identity and Social Security theft

Even though Social Security Administration is going completely electronic, you still need to be careful and know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on the rise. Here are the…

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Part 2–10 things to prevent identity theft

The news is that Social Security benefit deposits are going totally electronic by March 2013, so you need to know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on…

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Part 1: 4 steps to handling personal finances when a disability occurs

Planning for a life-altering disability isn't always at the top of the priority list. But, when you're diagnosed with a disabling condition, you just might need a plan.…

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More people collect Social Security early

May 7, 2012 For the first time in history, Social Security had to pay out more in benefits than it took in for payroll taxes, reports Fox Business.…

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Obama says Social Security just needs a ‘tweak’

In a recent interview with the American Association of Retired People (AARP), President Obama discussed unemployment, gas prices, tax cuts, and Social Security.  He said that it will…

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SSDI can help save you financially

The Social Security Administration reports that just over one in four of today's 20-year-olds will become disabled before age 67, according to the South Bend Tribune. In fact,…

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Perennial questions about Social Security

June 6, 2012 Should you apply for Social Security? If you have never worked, do you get Social Security? These are two perennial questions that pop up concerning…

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Making Social Security gender neutral

Elderly women receive far fewer Social Security benefits than men, according to Huff Post. In the late 1930s, Social Security was designed by a committee that used the beliefs…

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The difference between SSDI and SSI

Despite the similar acronyms, SSI and SSDI are quite different, according to AARP.org. Dating back to 1960, SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. It’s an earned benefit that…

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Children: identity thieves’ new targets

Children are being targeted by identity thieves 35 times more often than adults, reports Fox Business. Fifteen percent of the victims are under the age of five. A Social…

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Social Security Disability claims increase

By the end of 2013, the Social Security Administration expects Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims to reach 1.1 million, according to timesunion.com. SSDI provides monthly benefits to…

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SSA helps two mentally disabled men

In a groundbreaking decision Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide training and assistance to two mentally disabled men, reports…

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SSDI and SSI may be available for wounded service members

All service members who became disabled on active duty after October 1, 2001, are possibly eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)…

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Correcting a possible Social Security mistake

June 27, 2012 Financial experts say you should draw Social Security benefits as late as possible, but about 75 percent of Americans start drawing their benefits at the…

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SSDI benefits for severe depression

Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that can be profoundly disabling. For that reason, many people with severe depression may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits…

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Social Security: not the young against old

July 9, 2012 Some young people believe Social Security benefits will be gone by the time they are of age to use the program. However, others believe this…

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Disabled people’s unemployment rate reaches three-year low, SSDI applications stabilize

July 16, 2012 During the second quarter of 2012, the unemployment rate among people with disabilities dropped to its lowest in more than three years while applications for…

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Increase in SSDI benefits criticized by some

August 15, 2012 Attacks against Social Security Disability Insurance have been on the rise lately, according to Newsday. Among other things, some critics say that SSDI applications have increased…

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Protecting your Social Security number

August 20, 2012 Your Social Security number (SSN) is tied to your identity and should be kept private, but it’s becoming more and more frequent to include it…

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Reasons to collect Social Security as soon as you can

August 27, 2012 Most articles from financial experts will tell you to delay collecting Social Security as long as you can--to wait until your full retirement age or…

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Why collecting Social Security early may be wise choice

August 29, 2012 To continue the discussion of why Huffington Post says that it may be smart for you to take Social Security as soon as possible, let’s review…

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Answers to common Social Security Questions and Concerns

August 31, 2012 Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits will continue as long as the person's medical condition does not improve and as long as she remains unable to…

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12 tips to prevent identity theft

September 12, 2012 To keep someone from stealing your identity, some simple precautions and these twelve steps may be able to help you, according to ehow.com. (1) Protect your…

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3 Social Security ‘gotchas’ to avoid

The Social Security Handbook has 2,728 rules and countless interpretations—which can sometimes lead to contradictions in the system, reports Forbes. For example: (1) If you take your retirement…

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Three more Social Security ‘catch 22s’ to watch out for

According to Forbes, over the decades the rules governing Social Security benefits have become increasingly complex and confusing—even to the people working at local Social Security offices. For…

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4 more Social Security tips to be aware of

The rules for obtaining Social Security benefits—and the types of benefits you can receive—are confusing, according to Forbes. For example: 7. If you divorce after 10 years or more…

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Reasons to delay collecting Social Security benefits

Collecting Social Security at 62 when it pays your full benefit at 65-67—depending on the year you were born—may not be financially wise, according to the Rapid City Journal.…

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8 Social Security myths busted

According to The Christian Science Monitor, some of the most common myths about Social Security include the following: 1. Social security funds are running out, so I should collect…

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Social Security myths continued

Given our national retirement program’s handbook of 2,728 rules and countless interpretations, few of us are likely to thoroughly understand Social Security, according to The Christian Science Monitor.…

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70 Percent of SSDI claims denied

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult due to how long a claim can take and the high chance of being denied, according to DisabilitySecrets.com. Statistically,…

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New Jersey man indicted for selling fake Social Security cards

Apparently for some people in search of a legal U.S. identity, all that is needed is a birth date, name of their choosing, a photo, and cash. On…

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Ways to make sure your COLA goes further

According to stltoday.com , there are some practical ways to help make sure that the small 2013 cost of living (COLA) increase can go further for you. 1. Review healthcare…

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Can you collect SSDI and Medicaid at the same time?

November 12, 2012 According to the Cypress Creek Mirror, a 58-year-old woman was diagnosed with stage IIIA metastatic breast cancer. She was unemployed at the time. A breast/ovarian cancer…

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Undo your decision to draw Social Security early

If you file for Social Security at age 62, you earn only 75 percent of what you would get by filing at the full retirement age of 66.…

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How to “undo” early Social Security payments

Early Social Security payments may be reduced, but not necessarily forever. There are little-known exceptions to what most people think of as a permanent, lifetime reduction, according to Money Watch.…

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A final way to “undo” early Social Security withdrawal

If you retired earlier than 66 and draw less than 100 percent in Social Security benefits, there are three ways to "undo" your decision, according to Market Watch.…

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5 ways to fix the Social Security problem

Market Watch says that there are five principles that Congress should keep in mind when it comes to fixing Social Security: 1. Because retirements are at risk, Congress…

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More ways to fix the Social Security conundrum

Adding to the three principles outlined in Friday’s blog, Market Watch also wants Congress to keep in mind two more considerations when it comes to tackling Social Security solvency:…

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Certain Medical Conditions Automatically Qualify You for SSDI

There are a number of impairments—both physical and mental—that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), according to…

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Wonder if your condition is not in the SSA Blue Book?

As mentioned in our last blog, there are a number of impairments that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI), according to DisabilitySecrets.com. The…

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Data Shows Record Number Of Social Security Disability Recipients In 2012

January 4, 2012 The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that in 2012, the number of individuals who receive Social Security Disability Benefits hit an all-time high. According to…

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Experts Say Funding For Social Security Benefits Could Run Dry By 2016

January 28, 2013 With a large volume of aging workers preparing for retirement and a massive influx on claims for SSD Benefits, funding for Social Security is taking out…

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Woman Denied Social Security Benefits After Receiving Breast Cancer Diagnosis

February 1, 2013 A Portland, Oregon, woman is reportedly struggling to make ends meet after being diagnosed with breast cancer and having her claim for Social Security Disability benefits…

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Miscalculations Can Result In Substantial Cuts To Social Security Disability Benefits

February 4, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently discovered that it had overpaid thousands of Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income recipients billions of dollars in recent…

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Difference Between Social Security Disability Benefits And Supplemental Security Income

February 13, 2013 One of the most common questions a person who has become disabled and is applying for Social Security Disability Benefits may have is, “What is the…

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Government Accountability Office Reports Overpayments In Supplemental Security Income Cases

February 18, 2013 The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report that found while the Social Security Administration (SSA) has taken steps to reduce the number…

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Social Security Disability Benefits

February 20, 2013 For the millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits, the money they receive is supposed to be enough to cover basic living expenses. Yet,…

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Social Security Disability Cases Often Initially Denied

February 25, 2013 Data shows that the Social Security Administration denies a majority of claims for Social Security Disability Benefits. These denials can result in claimants being required to…

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Number Of Social Security Disability Claims Decreased Last Year

March 1, 2013 Over the last several years, the United States has seen a steadily rising number of applications for Social Security Disability Benefits. New information is showing that…

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Can Spouses Collect Benefits For Deceased Social Security Disability Recipients?

March 4, 2013 The death of a spouse can be extremely difficult, both emotionally and financially. For those whose spouses were collecting Social Security Disability Benefits, the loss can…

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How To Determine Eligibility For Social Security Disability Benefits

March 8, 2013 When a person becomes unable to work due to a health condition, one of the first questions they will often ask is, “Am I eligible…

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Rise In Number Of Social Security Claims Being Blamed On Fraud

March 14, 2013 It’s no secret the nation’s Social Security Disability system has seen a massive influx in the number of claims filed. The Social Security Administration (SSA) reports…

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How To Maximize A Disabled Child’s Benefits

March 18, 2013 Children who are disabled could potentially face a lifetime of needing government assistance for financial support. The North Dallas Gazette explained some of the basic pitfalls…

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Will The Sequester Affect Social Security Disability Benefit Claims?

March 20,2013 With thousands of federal employees facing the requirement of taking furloughed time off due to sequestration, many feel this action may do nothing but harm people.…

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Number Of Social Security Disability Claims Continues To Rise

March 22, 2013 Despite efforts being made by the federal government to keep workers on-the job, the number of Social Security Disability recipients has continued to rise to more…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Claims For Mental Health Disorders

March 27, 2013 One of the leading types of conditions that have led to workers seeking Social Security Disability Benefits in recent years involve mental health. Eligibility standards changed…

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Many Recipients Of Social Security Disability Say The Program Is Hard to Leave

April 8, 2013 While government officials believe there are several causes for the lack of an economic turn around, many claim a large portion of the problem stems…

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Changes Could Mean Reductions In Social Security Disability Benefits

April 10, 2013 With serious budget deficits looming over the federal government, officials are attempting to find areas where spending cuts can be made. Unfortunately for recipients of…

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Receiving Both Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Benefits

April 22, 2013 One of the most common causes for an individual to seek Social Security Disability Benefits is because they are left unable to work after an…

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Who and What Is Covered By Social Security Disability Benefits?

April 29, 2013 When a worker is hurt on the job and is left unable to preform their duties, they can be left with no source of income.…

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill To End Double Dipping

May 8, 2013 When a person is injured on the job and is no longer able to perform the normal duties of employment, current law allows that individual…

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How To Begin Applying For Social Security Disability Benefits

May 13, 2013 When an individual suffers from a condition or injury that leaves him or her unable to work for longer than one year, the only source…

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Are Social Security Disability Benefits Available For Soldiers And Veterans?

May 17, 2013 Each day in the United States, soldiers return home from service overseas with injuries and conditions that leave them unable to work. This raises numerous…

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What Programs Are Available To Those Who Are Unable To Work?

May 20, 2013 Suffering from a condition or injury that leaves a person unable to work for an extended period of time can be difficult. The focus on…

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Does Arthritis Qualify An Individual For Social Security Disability Benefits?

May 22, 2013 When a person suffers from a condition or injury that leaves them facing the inability to work for more than a year, they may qualify…

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What Should A Person Do If Their Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied?

May 31, 2013 With the Social Security Administration (SSA) facing a huge influx of new applications for Social Security Disability Benefits, the agency seems to have adopted a policy…

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What Qualifies A Person For Social Security Disability Benefits?

June 4, 2013 Each year, millions of Americans are left unable to work due to a disabling physical or mental condition they are afflicted with. Most are left…

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Compassionate Allowances: A More Efficient Way to Receive Benefits

June 10, 2013 With record breaking numbers of Americans receiving Social Security Disability Benefits and long wait times while Social Security Administration (SSA) processes claims, many disabled citizens…

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Ticket To Work Program Focuses On Social Security Disability Beneficiaries

June 19, 2013 With the number of citizens filing Social Security Disability Claims skyrocketing and funding for such programs slowly beginning to run out, it is vital that solutions…

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Social Security Officials Examining Ways To Provide Jobs to People With Disabilities

June 21, 2013 Records show that more than four million Americans with disabilities are employed while they receive Social Security Disability Benefits. However, a majority of those individuals make…

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Social Security Administration Launches New Mobile Web Site

July 8, 2013 Getting the public access to information about their Social Security Disability Benefits in a more efficient way has recently become a priority for the Social Security…

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Social Security Administration Renews Two Benefit Matching Programs

July 10, 2013 One of the major issues plaguing the Social Security Administration (SSA) today is ensuring that the right individuals are receiving the proper benefits through several…

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Does Autism Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

July 12, 2013 One of the fastest growing claims for Social Security Disability Benefits is for debilitating mental conditions such as autism. Autistic individuals can be extremely limited in…

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Social Security Disability Claims Increase Blamed On Lack Of Reform

July 24, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently facing an ever-growing number of claims for Social Security Disability benefits. This, in turn, has led to the…

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What Affects People’s Ability To Collect Social Security Disability Benefits?

July 29, 2013 While Social Security Disability Benefits can be a lifeline for many who are unable to work due to a mental or physical condition, a majority of…

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Lawmakers Seek Approval Of The ABLE Act For Disability Recipients

August 1, 2013 Social Security Disability and other similar benefits provide financial resources to those who are unable to work due to a mental or physical impairments. The…

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Applying Online For Social Security Disability Benefits

August 7, 2013 Each year, millions of Americans are left unable to work due to a debilitating mental or physical condition. This often leaves these individuals struggling to…

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Can A Person Collect Social Security Disability And Workers’ Compensation At The Same Time?

August 12, 2013 When an individual is left too disabled to work due to a mental or physical condition, they often qualify for assistance through programs like Social…

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Social Security Administration Eliminates Use Of the Term “Mental Retardation”

August 5, 2013 Mental health conditions are one of the leading reasons people file claims for Social Security Disability benefits today. Determining if a person’s mental health condition qualifies…

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Disabled Soldiers May Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits

August 16, 2013 The injuries incurred by soldiers during service to our country can often leave them unable to work. This can lead to financial struggles. However, Social…

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Social Security Disability Approval Process More Difficult Than Before

August 21, 2013 In recent years, there have been a growing number of Americans applying for Social Security Disability Benefits. The swelling number of recipients of benefits has…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Benefits For Fibromyalgia Sufferers

August 23, 2013 In the past several decades, one of the leading causes for Social Security Disability claims has been chronic pain, with a leading cause of such…

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The Effects Marriage and Divorce Can Have On Social Security Disability Benefits

August 28, 2013 There are a plethora of factors that can affect the outcome of a claim for Social Security Disability Benefits. One of the most complex factors…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Benefits For Mental Health Conditions

September 4, 2013 Over the last several decades, there has been a massive influx in the number of claims seeking benefits from the Social Security Administration due to…

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Increase In Social Security Benefit Payments Announced For Next Year

September 6, 2013 Each year, the government examines the changes in costs of basic necessities for living to determine if those who receive Social Security Disability Benefits should…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Qualifications For Benefits Following Amputation

September 13, 2013 The loss of a limb due to an accident can have devastating effects on an individual’s ability to perform work duties. The Social Security Disability…

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Does Blindness Qualify An Individual For Social Security Disability Benefits?

September 16, 2013 Many Americans depend on their ability to see in order to work and make a living. Having their sight taken away by an accident or…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Examine Effects Fraud Has On Other Claims

September 18, 2013 The nation’s Social Security program, which offers benefits to those who have retired or have become disabled and are unable to work, is currently facing…

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How Hearing Impairments and Social Security Disability Benefits Affect One Another

September 20, 2013 The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin state that even the simplest of tasks can become extremely difficult to complete if…

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Social Security Administration Employee Charged In Connection To Illegal “Processing Fee”

September 27, 2013 For those who do not have enough resources for income to support themselves and their families, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be available as a…

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Would A Government Shutdown Affect Social Security Disability Benefits?

September 30, 2013 With the United States currently facing a shutdown of the federal government, experts explain many recipients of government benefits are wondering what effects such an…

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Obama Says Social Security Payments Could Be Affected If Debt Ceiling Is Not Raised

October 4, 2013 A total of 57 million United States citizens currently receive some sort of benefit from the federal government through the Social Security Administration. With the…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Examine Autism As A Condition Qualifying For Benefits

October 8, 2013 For those who are unable to work because of a mental or physical condition, resources for income can be extremely limited. This may force these…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Child’s Benefits

October 16, 2013 Anytime an adult is left unable to work due to age or their health, it can have serious effects on their families as well. This…

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What Is The Criteria For Social Security Disability Benefits Eligibility?

October 18, 2013 Each year, hundreds of thousands of American apply for Social Security Disability Benefits due to suffering from a mental or physical condition that prevents them…

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Does Blindness or Vision Impairment Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

October 21, 2013 There are many conditions that can qualify an individual for Social Security Disability Benefits, but one of the most common is blindness or visual impairment.…

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Effects of Marriage and Divorce On Social Security Disability Claims

October 23, 2013 When applying for Social Security Disability Benefits, there are numerous factors that will come into play when determining the amount of compensation the claimant will…

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What Happens If A Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied?

October 25, 2013 When an individual applies for Social Security disability benefits, the initial claim will likely be denied. Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows more…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Overpayments of Benefits

October 28, 2013 While hundreds of thousands of disabled individuals are battling through the process of filing to receive Social Security Disability benefits, some of those who have…

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Social Security Disability Recipients Will Receive Increase In Payments Next Year

October 30, 2013 The rising costs of living in today’s society can make it extremely difficult for those who collect Social Security disability benefits as their main source…

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Complications Are Common In The Social Security Disability Application Process

November 1, 2013 While the Social Security program is a lifeline for millions of Americans who are unable to work, the system is also known for its complicated…

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Controversy Arising Around How Annual COLAs Are Determined

November 4, 2013 The federal government recently announced recipients of Social Security benefits would be receiving one of the smallest cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) in the history of the…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss the Complexities of Supplemental Security Income

November 6, 2013 There are millions of American children who are disabled and living below the poverty line. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos &…

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Social Security Benefit Evaluation Tool Now Available To Veterans

November 11, 2013 For soldiers who are unable to work due to a disability caused by their military service, making ends meet on the benefits they receive from…

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Depression Named Second Most Common Cause of Disability

November 15, 2013 There are millions of people throughout the United States who are left unable to work due to a mental or physical condition they suffer from.…

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Does Alzheimer’s Disease Qualify Patients for Social Security Disability Benefits?

November 20, 2013 Individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are often left unable to work due to memory loss and behavior issues brought on by the degeneration of the…

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Study Indicates Increases In Payouts of Social Security Disability Benefits

November 25, 2013 The Social Security Administration oversees the distribution of disability benefits to millions of Americans who are unable to work due to a mental or physical…

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Why Applicants Should Avoid Using Social Security Calculators To Determine Benefits

December 11, 2013 For those who receive Social Security benefits or who are in the process of applying for such benefits, determining the amount of money you are…

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New Study Cites Reasons For Increases In Social Security Disability Claim Numbers

December 13, 2013 Over the past several decades, the number of Social Security Disability benefit recipients has swelled. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos &…

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Online Services Offered To Beneficiaries By Social Security Administration

December 16, 2013 Winter is in full swing, but the weather that accompanies this season of the year can often make travel extremely difficult, especially for those who…

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Some Social Security Disability Recipients Continue To Struggle Financially

December 18, 2013 Individuals who are left unable to work due to a mental or physical condition may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. However, the…

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SSA Considering Policy Changes To Improve The Disability Application Process

December 27, 2013 There are millions of Americans who depend on Social Security Disability Benefits as their main source of income due to the fact they are unable…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Supplemental Security Income

January 3, 2014 There are millions of Americans who cannot work because they are inhibited by a physical or mental condition. While a majority of these individuals may…

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Social Security Disability Fraud and The Effects It Has On The System

January 8, 2014 Earlier this week, hundreds of current and former emergency workers in New York were indicted on charges of Social Security Disability Fraud. Reports from the…

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What Is Being Done To Increase Income For The Disabled?

January 13, 2014 Many disabled individuals depend on Social Security Disability benefits as their main source of income. However, inflation in the costs of living can often make…

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Report Shows One-Third of Social Security Disability Benefits Are Used For Medical Bills

January 27, 2014 Once a disabled person is approved for Social Security Disability benefits, they may still find it difficult to make ends meet. Experts have stated that…

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Website Provides A Plethora of Information To The Disabled

February 5, 2014 For an individual who is disabled, obtaining the information that is needed to properly file a claim for Social Security disability can be one of…

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February Focuses On Raising Awareness of Debilitating Diseases

February 7, 2014 The month of February is a time to raise awareness of several debilitating conditions many Americans face every day. The American Heart Association has named…

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Warnings Issued Regarding “My Social Security” Email Phishing Scam

February 10, 2014 The Social Security Administration (SSA) is making efforts to move as many processes as possible to digital, paperless, and online platforms. In order for them…

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3 Most Common Conditions That Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

February 12, 2014 There are a variety of conditions that qualify Americans for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. But some conditions are seen by the Social Security Administration…

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Obama Continuing to Push Changes for Cost-of-Living Adjustment

February 21, 2014 It can be a struggle to make ends meet for those who receive Social Security Disability Benefits as their only source of income. In an…

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How Work History and Education Affect Social Security Disability Benefits

February 26, 2014 When a person applies for Social Security Disability benefits, one of the most important aspects that is examined to determine if an applicant qualifies for…

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What Is the Social Security Disability Claim Process?

March 3, 2014 Studies form the Social Security Administration (SSA) show there is a one-in-four chance that Americans will become disabled prior to reaching age 67. For many,…

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Social Security Disability Conditions: Blindness

March 19, 2014 Many Americans with Blindness and visual impairments apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits for financial support. Blindness is considered to be a permanently debilitating…

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Ticket to Work Program Offers Financial Freedom to Disabled Americans

March 31, 2014 When a person is unable to work due to a mental or physical condition, Social Security Disability benefits can offer financial assistance to the claimant.…

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Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

With tax day approaching on April 15, many American citizens are scrambling to prepare their tax documents for filing. But the millions who receive Social Security Disability Benefits…

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Who Is Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Today?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates there are currently more than 10 million Americans unable to perform their job duties due to a work-related illness or injury. These…

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Study Shows Benefit Payouts Increase, But Fewer Receive Assistance

New figures from Johns Hopkins University are showing the U.S. is spending more than ever before on benefits programs like Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income; however,…

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More Women Are Meeting Social Security Disability Qualifications

It’s no secret that getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult. Having an insight into what demographics are most likely to receive an approval may…

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2 Ways To Overcome The Hardships A Disability Can Pose

Suffering an injury or illness that prevents you from working is not only physically and emotionally wrecking, but can cause financial struggles as well. That’s why at Fleschner,…

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Are My Social Security Disability Benefits Taxable?

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…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Lupus

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…

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Report Highlights Social Security Disability Processing Failures

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…

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Plan for Your Future During National My Social Security Week

Injuries and illnesses often strike when you least expect it. That’s why it’s so important to have a plan in place for how you will care for yourself…

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Disabled Americans and the Ticket to Work Program

The goal of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability benefits program isn’t just support Americans who can’t work, but to also to help disabled people return to work.…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Amputation Disability

The loss of a limb can leave you unable to perform your job duties and may entitle you to Social Security Disability benefits. But it’s important to understand…

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Determining the Social Security Disability Benefits Available to You

Most working Americans contribute a portion of each of their paychecks to Social Security programs to help ensure income upon retirement or after a disability. Statements outlining the…

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When SSD and Long Term Disability Can Benefit You Financially

An accident or illness that leaves you unable to work can happen at any time. Yet, many people are unprepared for such an event and have not created…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Respiratory Illnesses

If You Cannot Breathe, You Cannot Live The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers some types of  respiratory illnesses disabling conditions. What Is a Respiratory Illness Disability? The Social…

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Report Points to SSA Cyber Security Weaknesses

The Social Security Disability program is based on a system in which the income workers make is used to earn credits. The credits are used to determine one’s…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Back Pain

Living With Back Pain If you’ve ever hurt your back, you know just how debilitating the pain associated with such injuries can be. So it should come as…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Back Pain Disabilities

Living With Back Pain If you’ve ever hurt your back, you know just how debilitating the pain associated with such injuries can be. So it should come as…

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Can Veterans Collect Social Security Disability Benefits?

Those who have served in the military have sacrificed for our nations freedom, so it comes as no surprise that the federal government provides these individuals with several…

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Common Mistakes That Lead to Social Security Disability Denials

In order to start receiving Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration or a judge must first approve your claim. Unfortunately, mistakes are often made during this…

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How to Live off Social Security Disability Benefits

Our lives can change in the blink of an eye. An accident or illness that leaves you permanently disabled could prevent you from working or collecting a paycheck,…

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Bill Aims to Save Social Security Disability Benefits

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security benefits as their main source of income. Retired workers account for roughly 41.4 million recipients, while approximately 11 million Americans receive…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Back and Spinal Cord Injury

Back and spine injuries affect a large number of Americans each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate there are currently more than 200,000…

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Can My Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Benefits Be Taxed?

It’s tax season once again and for many Americans, the process of determining what you owe or should get back can be quite complicated. This is especially true…

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After You’re Approved for Social Security Disability, What Factors Could Affect Your Claim and Payments?

While many disabled Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits believe their financial problems are solved when their claim is approved, nothing could be further from the truth.…

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Electronic Access to SSA-1099 Tax Forms for Social Security Disability Benefits Recipients

It’s tax season again and even recipients of Social Security Disability benefits have to account for all of the income their household brought in over the past year—including…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Kidney Disease and Cancer

Our kidneys are among the most vital organs in our bodies because they are responsible for filtering our blood of waste. Without this bodily function, death would be…

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How Supplemental Security Income Can Help if Your Loved One Is Disabled

There are millions of Americans who are unable to work because of a disabling condition they suffer from, but not all of those individuals are work-age adults who…

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Court Ruling Could Affect Some Social Security Disability Benefits Claims

There are many factors that can affect the amount you receive in Social Security Disability benefits, but one that is currently receiving national attention is the Windfall Elimination…

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Changes to Social Security Disability Benefits Withdrawal Policy

Federal lawmakers have the ability to change the regulations that govern the policies and procedures of the Social Security Disability benefits program and one such reform that was…

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Childhood Cancer Increases Chance of Receiving SSD Benefits Later in Life

Research from the American Cancer Society shows that 1 in 285 U.S. citizens will be diagnosed with a form of cancer before age 20. While the survival rate for…

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Social Security Administration Unveils New Improvement Plan: Vision 2025

Social Security Disability benefits are available to workers in the United States who are unable to return to their job due to a mental or physical condition. The…

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Previous Projections of Social Security Disability Benefits Trust Fund Depletion May Be Flawed

Studies Show Projection Data Is Flawed New research indicates projections about the financial status of our nation’s retirement and disability trust funds may not be accurate. Currently, estimates…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Benefits That May Be Available After Losing a Spouse

The financial struggles that accompany the loss of a spouse can be immense, especially if you’re considered disabled. That’s why our Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark,…

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Proposed Changes to Grid Rules Could Affect How the SSA Determines if You’re Disabled

Being unable to work would put a serious financial strain on a majority of Americans. Luckily, most employees in the United States pay into the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability program…

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Getting the Benefits You Need When Applying for Social Security Disability

The process of applying for and being approved to receive Social Security Disability benefits can be complicated. But it seems as though many disabled Americans continue to struggle…

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When Applying for Social Security Disability, You May Face Long Waits

One of the most difficult aspects of applying for Social Security Disability benefits is the amount of time the process can take. In fact, it could take years…

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How to Determine What Social Security Disability Benefits You’ve Earned

Suffering from a disabling injury or illness can leave your finances tight. Luckily, many disabled Americans qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but determining how much you should…

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How The SCOTUS Ruling Will Impact Social Security and Supplemental Security Income

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States reached a historic decision to legalize same-sex marriages. This monumental ruling will impact many different government programs and services.…

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Social Security Disability Benefits for Dependents

We know that Social Security Disability benefits are typically awarded to workers who are unable to perform their job duties due to a physical or mental illness; however,…

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Some Some Social Security Disability Recipients with Mental Health Conditions Banned From Owning Guns

There are currently millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits because they suffer from a mental health condition, such as depression or schizophrenia. Many of these…

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Why Calculating SSDI Benefits on a Regular Basis Is Important

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are calculated using the number of credits you earned while working and the amount of income you received during that time. But don’t…

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Social Security Act Celebrates 80th Anniversary

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law on August 14, 1935. In the eighty years that have passed since the bill’s inception, it has…

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Social Security Disability Benefits System Faces Financial Strain

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion regarding the depletion of the trust fund that provides the financing for the Social Security Disability program in…

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Bill Proposes Immediate Social Security Disability Payments for the Terminally Ill

It’s no secret that getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be a long, drawn-out process. The Social Security Administration has conceded that it takes the agency…

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Can a Medical Condition Automatically Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Millions of Americans suffer from medical conditions that leave them unable to work. Many qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but the application process can be take time—some…

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A Closer Look at the 2016 Social Security COLA

Social Security Disability benefits are a crucial part of millions of American’s incomes. Each year, benefits amounts are examined to ensure they are in line with the cost…

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How to Appeal a Denied Social Security Disability Claim

If your claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits was denied, you're not alone. As many as 70 percent of all initial claims for SSD benefits are rejected…

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Working While Getting SSD Benefits Made Easy

One of the qualifications for receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is that your condition must last longer than a year. Just because you’ve been sick or injured…

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Social Security Disability’s Common Conditions: Depression

March 5, 2014 One of the most common conditions that can qualify Americans for Social Security disability benefits is depression. Some estimates show as many as half of…

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Social Security Benefits A Lifeline For Millions Of Americans

August 30, 2013 While much of the recent media attention surrounding Social Security Benefits has focused on cases of fraud and dwindling program funding, it is important to…

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Social Security Disability Benefits Qualifications

June 12, 2013 When a person’s mental or physical condition leaves them facing death or unable to work for extended periods of time, they may meet Social Security Disability…

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Experts Estimate Cost of Living Adjustments for Social Security Disability Recipients

October 14, 2013 For those unable to work due to a physical or mental condition, making ends meet with the money they receive from Social Security Disability Benefits…

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Does Blindness Qualify An Individual For Social Security Disability Benefits?

September 16, 2013 Many Americans depend on their ability to see in order to work and make a living. Having their sight taken away by an accident or…

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Does Blindness or Vision Impairment Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

October 21, 2013 There are many conditions that can qualify an individual for Social Security Disability Benefits, but one of the most common is blindness or visual impairment.…

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Obama: ‘I Cannot Guarantee That Social Security Checks Will Go Out’ Next Month

Retired and disabled citizens of the United States are sweating collective bullets right about now as the clock ticks down on Congress’s federal deficit negotiations. In a new…

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Number Of Social Security Disability Claims Decreased Last Year

March 1, 2013 Over the last several years, the United States has seen a steadily rising number of applications for Social Security Disability Benefits. New information is showing that…

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Number Of Social Security Disability Claims Continues To Rise

March 22, 2013 Despite efforts being made by the federal government to keep workers on-the job, the number of Social Security Disability recipients has continued to rise to more…

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Disabled Soldiers May Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits

August 16, 2013 The injuries incurred by soldiers during service to our country can often leave them unable to work. This can lead to financial struggles. However, Social…

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Social Security Disability Approval Process More Difficult Than Before

August 21, 2013 In recent years, there have been a growing number of Americans applying for Social Security Disability Benefits. The swelling number of recipients of benefits has…

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What Is the Social Security Disability Claim Process?

March 3, 2014 Studies form the Social Security Administration (SSA) show there is a one-in-four chance that Americans will become disabled prior to reaching age 67. For many,…

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Who Is Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Today?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates there are currently more than 10 million Americans unable to perform their job duties due to a work-related illness or injury. These…

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Report Highlights Social Security Disability Processing Failures

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…

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Denied Social Security Disability Claim: How To Appeal

June 14, 2013 Even when a person files a legitimate claim for Social Security Disability Benefits, there is a good chance it will be denied. Records from the Social…

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How Effective Will New Veterans’ Social Security Disability Policies Be?

Veterans who aren’t able to work because of injuries or illnesses suffered in the line of duty may be entitled to a number of federal benefits, including veterans’…

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Ticket To Work Program Focuses On Social Security Disability Beneficiaries

June 19, 2013 With the number of citizens filing Social Security Disability Claims skyrocketing and funding for such programs slowly beginning to run out, it is vital that solutions…

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New Study Cites Reasons For Increases In Social Security Disability Claim Numbers

December 13, 2013 Over the past several decades, the number of Social Security Disability benefit recipients has swelled. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos &…

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Increase In Social Security Benefit Payments Announced For Next Year

September 6, 2013 Each year, the government examines the changes in costs of basic necessities for living to determine if those who receive Social Security Disability Benefits should…

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Report Shows One-Third of Social Security Disability Benefits Are Used For Medical Bills

January 27, 2014 Once a disabled person is approved for Social Security Disability benefits, they may still find it difficult to make ends meet. Experts have stated that…

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What’s in a Social Security Number?

Every working United States citizen is entitled to collect credits toward Social Security Disability and retirement benefits. The Social Security Disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin…

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How Hearing Impairments and Social Security Disability Benefits Affect One Another

September 20, 2013 The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin state that even the simplest of tasks can become extremely difficult to complete if…

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Who Issues Decisions on Social Security Disability Cases?

There are currently 10.2 million Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits and hundreds of thousands of others who have applied for the program and are awaiting decisions.…

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Social Security Disability Cases Often Initially Denied

February 25, 2013 Data shows that the Social Security Administration denies a majority of claims for Social Security Disability Benefits. These denials can result in claimants being required to…

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Who and What Is Covered By Social Security Disability Benefits?

April 29, 2013 When a worker is hurt on the job and is left unable to preform their duties, they can be left with no source of income.…

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How To Begin Applying For Social Security Disability Benefits

May 13, 2013 When an individual suffers from a condition or injury that leaves him or her unable to work for longer than one year, the only source…

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What Should A Person Do If Their Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied?

May 31, 2013 With the Social Security Administration (SSA) facing a huge influx of new applications for Social Security Disability Benefits, the agency seems to have adopted a policy…

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Social Security Disability Benefits Qualifications

June 12, 2013 When a person’s mental or physical condition leaves them facing death or unable to work for extended periods of time, they may meet Social Security Disability…

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Social Security Disability Approval Process More Difficult Than Before

August 21, 2013 In recent years, there have been a growing number of Americans applying for Social Security Disability Benefits. The swelling number of recipients of benefits has…

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What Happens If A Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied?

October 25, 2013 When an individual applies for Social Security disability benefits, the initial claim will likely be denied. Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows more…

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Complications Are Common In The Social Security Disability Application Process

November 1, 2013 While the Social Security program is a lifeline for millions of Americans who are unable to work, the system is also known for its complicated…

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4 Steps To The Social Security Disability Application Process

January 10, 2014 Estimates show there are currently millions of Americans suffering from medical conditions that may qualify them for Social Security Disability benefits. However, the processes and…

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How common are mistakes by the Social Security Administration?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is failing to process claims in a timely manner, and the situation has reached crisis levels. The Office of the Inspector General for…

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Common Mistakes That Lead to Social Security Disability Denials

In order to start receiving Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration or a judge must first approve your claim. Unfortunately, mistakes are often made during this…

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Who Issues Decisions on Social Security Disability Cases?

There are currently 10.2 million Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits and hundreds of thousands of others who have applied for the program and are awaiting decisions.…

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Struggling to Fight a Social Security Disability Denial

The Social Security Administration has strict rules governing their policies for distributing Social Security Disability benefits. But as the old saying goes, there’s an exception to every rule.…

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Waiting for a Social Security Disability Appeal

If you’ve applied for Social Security Disability benefits, there’s a good chance your claim was denied. In fact, the Social Security Administration reports as many as 65 percent…

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The Judge Could Be a Factor in Your Social Security Disability Appeal

If you’ve applied for Social Security Disability benefits, in all likelihood, your claim has been denied. That’s because the Social Security Administration says that up to 65 percent of…

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Your Rights During a Social Security Disability Claim

As a United States citizen, you have certain rights that cannot be encroached upon, even by the federal government. So when you’re applying for Social Security Disability benefits,…

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When to File Social Security Disability Appeals

If you’ve ever attempted to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you know how daunting the task can be. The wait time for a decision in your case…

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Upgrades to Online System Makes Appealing Your Social Security Disability Claim Easier

Getting approved to receive Social Security Disability benefits is no easy task. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports up to 65 percent of claims are initially turned…

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What To Do If A Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied

July 17, 2013 Those who are unable to work due to their mental or physical condition may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits from the federal…

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Social Security Disability’s Common Conditions: Depression

March 5, 2014 One of the most common conditions that can qualify Americans for Social Security disability benefits is depression. Some estimates show as many as half of…

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Complications With Getting SSD Benefits While Working

Social Security Disability benefits provide financial support to Americans unable to work due to mental or physical conditions, but they also offer vocational training and rehabilitation to get…

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Problems Still Arise After a Social Security Disability Approval

It seems though even once an individual receives a Social Security Disability Approval, the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) internal mistakes and bureaucratic hiccups can still make getting benefits…

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What Affects People’s Ability To Collect Social Security Disability Benefits?

July 29, 2013 While Social Security Disability Benefits can be a lifeline for many who are unable to work due to a mental or physical condition, a majority of…

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What Is The Criteria For Social Security Disability Benefits Eligibility?

October 18, 2013 Each year, hundreds of thousands of American apply for Social Security Disability Benefits due to suffering from a mental or physical condition that prevents them…

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How Work History and Education Affect Social Security Disability Benefits

February 26, 2014 When a person applies for Social Security Disability benefits, one of the most important aspects that is examined to determine if an applicant qualifies for…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Speech Disorders

Speech disorders affect roughly 7.5 million United States citizens. Many of those with speech disorder disabilities may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but it’s important to understand…

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Report Points to SSA Cyber Security Weaknesses

The Social Security Disability program is based on a system in which the income workers make is used to earn credits. The credits are used to determine one’s…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Kidney Disease

The body needs to be able to excrete waste in order to properly function. If this cannot be achieved, it can lead to an individual developing any of…

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Changes Made to Social Security Disability Eligibility With Approval of the ABLE Act

Getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult enough, but keeping benefits after you’ve been approved can be just as arduous. One of the most frustrating…

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Determining Social Security Disability Eligibility

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security Disability benefits as a source of income, and each year, more citizens apply for federal assistance programs. Many of the people…

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Medical Evidence Affects Your Social Security Disability Claim

The Social Security Act was created as a means for the U.S. government to provide assistance to working citizens who suffer from a mental or physical condition that…

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Who Is Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Today?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates there are currently more than 10 million Americans unable to perform their job duties due to a work-related illness or injury. These…

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Social Security Disability Applications Up 40 Percent in Florida

More Floridians than ever are now claiming Social Security Disability benefits; in fact, the figure is up 40 percent since 2007, meaning that 500,000 people received disability benefits…

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Resources Available to Those With Childhood Cancer

September has been declared “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in an effort to raise awareness about the struggles thousands of American youths face on a daily basis as they…

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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Brother’s Social Security Disability Payments

On Wednesday a Kansas City, Missouri, man plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Prosecutors say the man, aged…

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Rise In Number Of Social Security Claims Being Blamed On Fraud

March 14, 2013 It’s no secret the nation’s Social Security Disability system has seen a massive influx in the number of claims filed. The Social Security Administration (SSA) reports…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Examine Effects Fraud Has On Other Claims

September 18, 2013 The nation’s Social Security program, which offers benefits to those who have retired or have become disabled and are unable to work, is currently facing…

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Social Security Disability Fraud and The Effects It Has On The System

January 8, 2014 Earlier this week, hundreds of current and former emergency workers in New York were indicted on charges of Social Security Disability Fraud. Reports from the…

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The Effects of Flaws in the Social Security Disability Benefit Claims Process

It’s no secret that the Social Security Administration is overwhelmed by a growing number of Social Security Disability benefit claims that are awaiting processing. What is shocking is…

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Are My Social Security Disability Benefits Taxable?

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…

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Determining the Social Security Disability Benefits Available to You

Most working Americans contribute a portion of each of their paychecks to Social Security programs to help ensure income upon retirement or after a disability. Statements outlining the…

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What’s in a Social Security Number?

Every working United States citizen is entitled to collect credits toward Social Security Disability and retirement benefits. The Social Security Disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin…

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Changes Proposed To The Way Social Security Collects and Dispenses Funds

When U.S. citizens are no longer able to work, many depend on Social Security Disability benefits for income. The problem is a lack of funding is causing a…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Diabetes

Diabetes in the United States Thousands of conditions and illnesses can leave a person unable to work and eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, but one of the…

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Report Points to SSA Cyber Security Weaknesses

The Social Security Disability program is based on a system in which the income workers make is used to earn credits. The credits are used to determine one’s…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Back Pain

Living With Back Pain If you’ve ever hurt your back, you know just how debilitating the pain associated with such injuries can be. So it should come as…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Back Pain Disabilities

Living With Back Pain If you’ve ever hurt your back, you know just how debilitating the pain associated with such injuries can be. So it should come as…

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Kidney Disease a Common Social Security Condition

The body needs to be able to excrete waste in order to properly function. If this cannot be achieved, it can lead to an individual developing any of…

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Can Veterans Collect Social Security Disability Benefits?

Those who have served in the military have sacrificed for our nations freedom, so it comes as no surprise that the federal government provides these individuals with several…

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Common Mistakes That Lead to Social Security Disability Denials

In order to start receiving Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration or a judge must first approve your claim. Unfortunately, mistakes are often made during this…

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How to Live off Social Security Disability Benefits

Our lives can change in the blink of an eye. An accident or illness that leaves you permanently disabled could prevent you from working or collecting a paycheck,…

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Who Issues Decisions on Social Security Disability Cases?

There are currently 10.2 million Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits and hundreds of thousands of others who have applied for the program and are awaiting decisions.…

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Bill Aims to Save Social Security Disability Benefits

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security benefits as their main source of income. Retired workers account for roughly 41.4 million recipients, while approximately 11 million Americans receive…

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Struggling to Fight a Social Security Disability Denial

The Social Security Administration has strict rules governing their policies for distributing Social Security Disability benefits. But as the old saying goes, there’s an exception to every rule.…

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Waiting for a Social Security Disability Appeal

If you’ve applied for Social Security Disability benefits, there’s a good chance your claim was denied. In fact, the Social Security Administration reports as many as 65 percent…

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The Judge Could Be a Factor in Your Social Security Disability Appeal

If you’ve applied for Social Security Disability benefits, in all likelihood, your claim has been denied. That’s because the Social Security Administration says that up to 65 percent of…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Benefits That May Be Available After Losing a Spouse

The financial struggles that accompany the loss of a spouse can be immense, especially if you’re considered disabled. That’s why our Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark,…

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Proposed Changes to Grid Rules Could Affect How the SSA Determines if You’re Disabled

Being unable to work would put a serious financial strain on a majority of Americans. Luckily, most employees in the United States pay into the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability program…

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How to Determine What Social Security Disability Benefits You’ve Earned

Suffering from a disabling injury or illness can leave your finances tight. Luckily, many disabled Americans qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but determining how much you should…

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Why Calculating SSDI Benefits on a Regular Basis Is Important

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are calculated using the number of credits you earned while working and the amount of income you received during that time. But don’t…

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Bill Proposes Immediate Social Security Disability Payments for the Terminally Ill

It’s no secret that getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be a long, drawn-out process. The Social Security Administration has conceded that it takes the agency…

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How to Appeal a Denied Social Security Disability Claim

If your claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits was denied, you're not alone. As many as 70 percent of all initial claims for SSD benefits are rejected…

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The Evolution of the Social Security Disability Program

The U.S. Social Security Disability program was established in 1956 as a way to provide citizens who suffered from a disabling mental or physical condition for longer than…

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Your Social Security Disability Income May Be Scrutinized After You’re Approved

You may think that your financial worries are over once you’re approved for Social Security Disability benefits—but your finances may be scrutinized if you’re attempting to purchase a…

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Will Social Security Benefits Increase Next Year?

May 15, 2013 Each year, the Social Security Administration evaluates the cost of everyday items deemed as staples to survival and adjusts the amount of money Social Security…

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Cuts to Social Security benefits will hurt women, minorities

November 19, 2010 A draft report of President Obama’s  response to the national deficit shows that if Social Security benefits are cut, the nation’s poor and minorities would…

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Commission presents report to save Social Security benefits

November 29, 2010 The Deficit Commission plans to fix the country’s budget crisis an take measures to strengthen Social Security. Its goal is to return Social Security to…

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Seniors can increase Social Security benefit amount

November 30, 2010 A report on CBS.com says seniors can potentially boost their Social Security benefits by thousands of dollars a year. There are ways to maximize Social…

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Proposals to cut federal spending still include reducing Social Security benefits

December 1, 2010 A plan to balance the budget and reduce the national deficit still includes making cuts to Social Security benefits. According to The Associated Press, proposals…

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Retirement age determines Social Security benefit amount

December 6, 2010 According to CourierPress.com, when you decide when you want to retire, the amount of your Social Security benefits will be determined. Most people who are…

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Man believes cutting Social Security isn’t necessary for national deficit

December 16, 2010 An opinion contributer to politico.com believes it was a bad idea for President Obama to negotiate tax cuts to Social Security. It could affect Social…

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Social Security benefits are crucial for women

December 17, 2010 Nearly half of women 65 and older would be living in poverty if they didn’t receive Social Security benefits, according to physorg.com. The number remains at…

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Future retirees may not have access to Social Security benefits

December 29, 2010 According to an opinion article on The Boston Globe, Social Security will run out by 2037. Those 40 and younger will be forced to rely…

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Role of Social Security changes for future retirees

December 30, 2010 The future of Social Security leaves many questions unanswered for future retirees. According to OnWallStreet.com, many people don’t know how much to save to supplement…

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You can work and receive Social Security benefits

January 24, 2011 Those who work full time and qualify to receive Social Security benefits may receive a paycheck and benefits, according to detnews.com. You are not disqualified from…

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Former governor believes cuts to Social Security benefits are necessary

February 10, 2011 Former New Mexico Republican Gov. Gary Johnson believes there is too much government spending and changes to Social Security benefits are necessary, the Iowa Independent…

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Do cost of living adjustments help with Social Security benefits?

April 25, 2011 Social Security benefits are generally adjusted based on the cost of living expenses. In the 1970s, Congress regularized Social Security benefits boosts and provided predictable…

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More retire early to collect Social Security benefits

April 28, 2011 An unstable economy has prompted many to go into early retirement and collect social Security Benefits sooner than predicted. According to npr.com, in 2010, more…

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Woman indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud

May 2, 2011 A woman has been indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud. The woman applied for and received Social Security survivor benefits for one of…

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Improvements to Social Security benefits, Medicare may ensure future for retirees

May 3, 2011 The potential changes being presented to Social Security benefits have caused anxiety for many Americans, especially those with plans to retire soon. Janet Witt, grassroots…

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New Rule Protects Disability and Social Security Funds from Garnishment

May 4, 2011 The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a new rule that took effect on Monday making it more difficult for creditors to garnish Social Security…

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AARP Launches Campaign to Safeguard Social Security and Medicare

May 5, 2011 AARP kicked off a new, multi-million dollar campaign yesterday to protect retirees from potentially “detrimental” budget cuts to Social Security and Medicare. A recent AARP…

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Watchdog Group Calls Out Billionaire David Koch for Social Security Stand

May 6, 2011 On Wednesday, watchdog group Brave New Foundation released an inflammatory new viral video titled “Koch Brothers Exposed.” The eight-minute video juxtaposes footage of American businessman David…

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Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Dead Grandfather’s Social Security Benefits for 27 Years

May 9, 2011 On Friday, an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, man entered a guilty plea in federal court for making false statements and stealing 27 years worth of Social…

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Alabama Man Gets Probation After Spending Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

May 10, 2011 A 58-year-old resident of Prichard, Alabama, received five years probation last week for illegally collecting $33,588 in Social Security monies after his mother died. The…

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Senate Finance Chairman Says Deficit Reduction Package Won’t Impact Social Security

May 11, 2011 The deficit reduction package that Congress is now hammering out won’t include cuts to Social Security, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. On Tuesday,…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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5 Myths About Social Security

It can be super confusing to navigate the many rules and regulations on which Social Security and Social Security Disability are built. Let the Social Security Disability lawyers…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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5 Ways to Get More From Social Security

A new blog post on the Forbes website divulges the best strategies for gleaning the largest possible amount from the Social Security Administration each month. Financial educator Liz…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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Social Security Benefits Gone By 2036

June 1, 2011 The Social Security Board of Trustees released their annual report on the status of Social Security Trust Funds in mid-May with bleaker findings than expected.…

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Social Security raises its benefits by 3.6 percent; for neediest seniors it may boost lifeline

The first cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on Social Security checks in two years was announced this week, reports The Washington Post. For lower- and middle-class seniors, Social Security represents a…

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Social Security redistributes benefits from men to women

When looking at Social Security benefits per household, rather than per individual, a new study shows that the wage gap between men and women wipes out a lot…

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Report: Minorities depend more on Social Security

The Washington Post reports that Social Security is a critical safety net for minority Americans. Minorities tend to be poorer and more vulnerable to economic fluctuations than their…

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Utah representative proposes plan to help Social Security

To help keep Social Security solvent, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced a Social Security reform proposal to a House supercommittee on Tuesday. While the plan may be controversial,…

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When to start collecting Social Security is confusing

According to Investment News, deciding when to start taking Social Security is a "strategy unto itself," says James Robinson, a regional director at the Principal Financial Group, Inc.…

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Social Security planning further complicated by spousal benefits and taxes

It's not only when to collect our Social Security that is confusing, but also how to collect spousal benefits and taxes that can complicate Social Security planning, reports…

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Is Social Security a Ponzi scheme?

Social Security could be considered a Ponzi scheme in three major ways, according to GazetteXtra.com. (1) The payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by…

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Social Security: a Ponzi scheme? Part 2

According to the GazetteXtra, the fourth difference between Ponzi and Social Security is a major contrast: (4) If you apply for benefits after age 62 and continue working,…

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If Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, how do we fix it?

Our previous two blogs outline how Social Security may be similar to a Ponzi scheme according to the National Center for Public Policy Research, as noted in the GazetteXtra,…

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Kentucky sisters go to court to get Social Security cards

Two sisters, who live in the tiny enclave of Lily, Kentucky, close to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, will finally get Social Security numbers, according to the…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning 66 in 2012–part 1

In 2012 the oldest baby boomers will turn age 66, an important age for Social Security eligibility, according to US News. Many of the rules for claiming Social…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning age 66 in 2012–part 2

At age 66, baby boomers can claim the full amount of Social Security that they have earned, and the penalty for working while claiming Social Security benefits disappears,…

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Privatizing Social Security not the answer

It is a myth that Social Security is an entitlement, according to Don Samuels in the Summit Daily. Social Security is a benefit that comes from paying into…

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Does tax break harm Social Security?

Congress extended the payroll tax reduction for taxpayers through February 2012.  Each party structured the tax cut in the best light for their own political goals, according to…

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How can a vocational expert help with Social Security Disability benefits?

If you are denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you have the option to appeal the initial decision. At the appeals stage, a vocational expert may be called…

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Raising the retirement age won’t save Social Security

Since the average life expectancy is higher than it was 40 years ago, many politicians and economists have publicly opined that raising the Early Eligibility Age (EEA) for…

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2012 Social Security changes a boost to beneficiaries

Social Security beneficiaries will receive larger benefits payments in 2012, according to Weho News. What do these increases actually mean? Effectively taking political issues out of the rate-setting…

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Social Security recipients better off with lawyers than with advocates

Non-lawyers who represent people in Social Security Disability [SSD] are known as ‘Social Security advocates.' Some "have been caught lying about health reports and wound up defrauding the…

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5 Social Security myths that need correcting

Social Security is not the only cause of America's fiscal problems, but it is Exhibit A in why it is so hard to fix them, according to CBS…

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How did Social Security begin?

Ida May Fuller, a resident of rural Vermont, was the first beneficiary of a recurring Social Security payment on January 31, 1940, according to Bloomberg. Her SS number…

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Watch for scams during tax season

Everywhere you look these days, someone has a deal for you that is “too good to be true.” These “scams” can do major damage to your credit score…

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Social Security in the red

Society Security is running almost $50 billion in the red each year, deficits that are being covered by reserves in the General Fund, reports the Kipsap Peninsula Business…

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Getting Married? Better Tell the Social Security Administration

This is a popular time of year for proclamations of love. Such displays of affection can be as simple as a heart with a “be mine” message or…

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An Alternative to Social Security

2010 represented the first year since 1983 that the Social Security trust began paying out more in benefits than it collected in tax revenue, according to the San Francisco…

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Social Security and Medicare Under Fire

Missiles are being pointed at Social Security and Medicare--two federal health benefit programs for older Americans. Some are stealth missiles; some are misguided missiles, reports the Nashua Telegraph.…

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Social Security Disability Benefits Can Take 800 Days to Process

Although a person can save funds for medical insurance, life insurance, and six months to a year of pay in case of an emergency, when an accident or…

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Raise the Age for Collecting Social Security?

According to a Bank of America Corp. survey, about 59 percent of those with more than $250,000 in investments said that the government should increase the eligibility age…

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40,000 People Stole the Same Social Security Number

FDR signed the Social Security Act into law in 1935. It was created as a self-funding program paid through payroll taxes paid by both the employee and his…

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Two odd stories about Social Security

Social Security touches the lives of almost every American family. It not only provides income to retirees but also to workers who become disabled and to families in which…

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First in a series about what candidates offer concerning Social Security

March 7, 2012 Running for president in the Republican primaries of 2012, Mitt Romney proposes actions that will help to preserve Medicare and Social Security, according to an…

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When to collect Social Security?

Because they start taking Social Security before their full retirement age, 72 percent of retirees lock in a lifetime of smaller benefits, according to Reuters. They may be…

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Eight things you might not know about SS

March 12, 2012 Here are eight things that you might not know about the SS program, according to The Sacramento Bee. 1. For every year you postpone Social…

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In retirement, what can you afford to spend on extras?

There is a new taxonomy of aging, reports the Houston Chronicle. Where once turning 65 made you "old," demographers now identify three groups: The "young-old" are those between…

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Opening remarks at the Social Security subcommittee

On March 20, Representative Xavier Becerra (D.--CA)  made a speech on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to a Social Security (SS) subcommittee on ways and means, reports Insurance…

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Social Security Stops Issuing Paper Statements

By suspending the mailing of annual statements to about 150 million Americans, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has created an information vacuum, says the Los Angeles Times. For…

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National ID card could solve SS fraud

The most common form of identification in the United States is a driver’s license, but nonwhites are somewhat less likely than whites to have drivers’ licenses, according to…

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Resources tapped while awaiting SSD benefits

Who would you turn to if a disability or illness kept you from working? A 2012 poll found that friends and family continued to be the leading resource…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 1

Even though Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President who proposed Social Security in 1935, this editorial writer from Ohio’s Columbia Dispatch opines that FDR would not like what Social…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 2

The Great Depression and the stock market crash left many older Americans broke. In a radio broadcast on the third anniversary of the Social Security Act in 1938,…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 3

In 1960, there were five workers per Social Security recipient. Today, there are three workers per recipient, and by 2025, the ratio will approach two workers per recipient.…

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Part 1: 10 ways to prevent identity and Social Security theft

Even though Social Security Administration is going completely electronic, you still need to be careful and know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on the rise. Here are the…

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Part 2–10 things to prevent identity theft

The news is that Social Security benefit deposits are going totally electronic by March 2013, so you need to know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on…

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Part 1: 4 steps to handling personal finances when a disability occurs

Planning for a life-altering disability isn't always at the top of the priority list. But, when you're diagnosed with a disabling condition, you just might need a plan.…

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More people collect Social Security early

May 7, 2012 For the first time in history, Social Security had to pay out more in benefits than it took in for payroll taxes, reports Fox Business.…

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Obama says Social Security just needs a ‘tweak’

In a recent interview with the American Association of Retired People (AARP), President Obama discussed unemployment, gas prices, tax cuts, and Social Security.  He said that it will…

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SSDI can help save you financially

The Social Security Administration reports that just over one in four of today's 20-year-olds will become disabled before age 67, according to the South Bend Tribune. In fact,…

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Perennial questions about Social Security

June 6, 2012 Should you apply for Social Security? If you have never worked, do you get Social Security? These are two perennial questions that pop up concerning…

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Making Social Security gender neutral

Elderly women receive far fewer Social Security benefits than men, according to Huff Post. In the late 1930s, Social Security was designed by a committee that used the beliefs…

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The difference between SSDI and SSI

Despite the similar acronyms, SSI and SSDI are quite different, according to AARP.org. Dating back to 1960, SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. It’s an earned benefit that…

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Children: identity thieves’ new targets

Children are being targeted by identity thieves 35 times more often than adults, reports Fox Business. Fifteen percent of the victims are under the age of five. A Social…

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Social Security Disability claims increase

By the end of 2013, the Social Security Administration expects Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims to reach 1.1 million, according to timesunion.com. SSDI provides monthly benefits to…

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SSA helps two mentally disabled men

In a groundbreaking decision Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide training and assistance to two mentally disabled men, reports…

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SSDI and SSI may be available for wounded service members

All service members who became disabled on active duty after October 1, 2001, are possibly eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)…

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Correcting a possible Social Security mistake

June 27, 2012 Financial experts say you should draw Social Security benefits as late as possible, but about 75 percent of Americans start drawing their benefits at the…

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SSDI benefits for severe depression

Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that can be profoundly disabling. For that reason, many people with severe depression may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits…

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Social Security: not the young against old

July 9, 2012 Some young people believe Social Security benefits will be gone by the time they are of age to use the program. However, others believe this…

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Disabled people’s unemployment rate reaches three-year low, SSDI applications stabilize

July 16, 2012 During the second quarter of 2012, the unemployment rate among people with disabilities dropped to its lowest in more than three years while applications for…

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Increase in SSDI benefits criticized by some

August 15, 2012 Attacks against Social Security Disability Insurance have been on the rise lately, according to Newsday. Among other things, some critics say that SSDI applications have increased…

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Protecting your Social Security number

August 20, 2012 Your Social Security number (SSN) is tied to your identity and should be kept private, but it’s becoming more and more frequent to include it…

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Reasons to collect Social Security as soon as you can

August 27, 2012 Most articles from financial experts will tell you to delay collecting Social Security as long as you can--to wait until your full retirement age or…

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Why collecting Social Security early may be wise choice

August 29, 2012 To continue the discussion of why Huffington Post says that it may be smart for you to take Social Security as soon as possible, let’s review…

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Answers to common Social Security Questions and Concerns

August 31, 2012 Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits will continue as long as the person's medical condition does not improve and as long as she remains unable to…

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12 tips to prevent identity theft

September 12, 2012 To keep someone from stealing your identity, some simple precautions and these twelve steps may be able to help you, according to ehow.com. (1) Protect your…

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3 Social Security ‘gotchas’ to avoid

The Social Security Handbook has 2,728 rules and countless interpretations—which can sometimes lead to contradictions in the system, reports Forbes. For example: (1) If you take your retirement…

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Three more Social Security ‘catch 22s’ to watch out for

According to Forbes, over the decades the rules governing Social Security benefits have become increasingly complex and confusing—even to the people working at local Social Security offices. For…

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4 more Social Security tips to be aware of

The rules for obtaining Social Security benefits—and the types of benefits you can receive—are confusing, according to Forbes. For example: 7. If you divorce after 10 years or more…

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Reasons to delay collecting Social Security benefits

Collecting Social Security at 62 when it pays your full benefit at 65-67—depending on the year you were born—may not be financially wise, according to the Rapid City Journal.…

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8 Social Security myths busted

According to The Christian Science Monitor, some of the most common myths about Social Security include the following: 1. Social security funds are running out, so I should collect…

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Social Security myths continued

Given our national retirement program’s handbook of 2,728 rules and countless interpretations, few of us are likely to thoroughly understand Social Security, according to The Christian Science Monitor.…

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70 Percent of SSDI claims denied

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult due to how long a claim can take and the high chance of being denied, according to DisabilitySecrets.com. Statistically,…

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New Jersey man indicted for selling fake Social Security cards

Apparently for some people in search of a legal U.S. identity, all that is needed is a birth date, name of their choosing, a photo, and cash. On…

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Ways to make sure your COLA goes further

According to stltoday.com , there are some practical ways to help make sure that the small 2013 cost of living (COLA) increase can go further for you. 1. Review healthcare…

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Can you collect SSDI and Medicaid at the same time?

November 12, 2012 According to the Cypress Creek Mirror, a 58-year-old woman was diagnosed with stage IIIA metastatic breast cancer. She was unemployed at the time. A breast/ovarian cancer…

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Undo your decision to draw Social Security early

If you file for Social Security at age 62, you earn only 75 percent of what you would get by filing at the full retirement age of 66.…

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How to “undo” early Social Security payments

Early Social Security payments may be reduced, but not necessarily forever. There are little-known exceptions to what most people think of as a permanent, lifetime reduction, according to Money Watch.…

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A final way to “undo” early Social Security withdrawal

If you retired earlier than 66 and draw less than 100 percent in Social Security benefits, there are three ways to "undo" your decision, according to Market Watch.…

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5 ways to fix the Social Security problem

Market Watch says that there are five principles that Congress should keep in mind when it comes to fixing Social Security: 1. Because retirements are at risk, Congress…

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More ways to fix the Social Security conundrum

Adding to the three principles outlined in Friday’s blog, Market Watch also wants Congress to keep in mind two more considerations when it comes to tackling Social Security solvency:…

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Certain Medical Conditions Automatically Qualify You for SSDI

There are a number of impairments—both physical and mental—that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), according to…

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Wonder if your condition is not in the SSA Blue Book?

As mentioned in our last blog, there are a number of impairments that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI), according to DisabilitySecrets.com. The…

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Social Security Administration Beginning More Use Of Electronic Systems

January 11, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced several changes that will be implemented this year which are aimed at improving the efficiency and ease of…

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Changes Considered For Inflation Measures In Social Security Payments

January 16, 2013 With the government attempting to rescue the nation from falling over the fiscal cliff, legislators have begun to consider making changes to the way inflation…

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2013 Brings Changes To Social Security System And Payments

January 21, 2013 The New Year has brought several significant changes to not only the way Social Security Disability benefits are being paid, but how much each recipient is…

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Social Security Myths Debunked

January 23, 2013 An article by the Marshfield News Herald took a look at several myths surrounding Social Security benefits in the United States. The first myth that was…

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Experts Say Funding For Social Security Benefits Could Run Dry By 2016

January 28, 2013 With a large volume of aging workers preparing for retirement and a massive influx on claims for SSD Benefits, funding for Social Security is taking out…

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Decline In Baby Boomers Health Could Lead To Inflated Benefit Costs

February 8, 2013 A new report from JAMA Internal Medicine shows that the baby boomer generation, once thought to be the healthiest age demographic in the nation, may not…

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Social Security Disability Claims Rising While Program Funding Decreases

February 11, 2013 A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office states that the nation’s Social Security program is in trouble. According to the Fort Bragg Patch, the new…

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Several Tips For Increasing Social Security Benefits

February 22, 2013 The Social Security Administration reports there are currently an estimated 62 million recipients of both Social Security Disability and retirement benefits. Yet, many of those individuals…

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Social Security Administration Announces Upgrades To Online Benefit Management

March 11, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced it has launched several new services to beneficiaries through its online account management services. According to a press release from…

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Senate Blocks Changes To The Way Disability COLAs Are Figured

April 15, 2013 The United States Senate recently voted against a proposed bill that would have significantly changed the way increases in payments to those receiving Social Security…

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Social Security Attorneys Explain Common Program Misconceptions

April 17, 2013 The laws surrounding how Social Security Benefits are distributed are quite complex. These complexities can often lead to citizens becoming confused about the regulations of…

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2013 Social Security Report Highlights Financial Struggles

June 3, 2013 Last week, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released its report on the financial status of its trust funds. The report highlighted several areas of concern…

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Social Security Benefits A Lifeline For Millions Of Americans

August 30, 2013 While much of the recent media attention surrounding Social Security Benefits has focused on cases of fraud and dwindling program funding, it is important to…

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Social Security Administration Begins Processing Claims For Same Sex Couples

September 11, 2013 The laws that oversee how and to who Social Security Benefits are offered can be quite complex. With the federal government acknowledging the legitimacy of…

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What You Don’t Know About Social Security Benefits Can Affect Your Claim

A portion of most workers’ paychecks go towards their Social Security benefits. But while millions of Americans are paying into this program, very few understand the policies that…

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Same-Sex Couples May Now Qualify for Supplemental Security Income

Proving to Social Security Administration that you’re in need of assistance through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a difficult process, but it can be even more frustrating…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Speech Disorders

Speech disorders affect roughly 7.5 million United States citizens. Many of those with speech disorder disabilities may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but it’s important to understand…

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What Social Security Benefits Are Available for Same-Sex Couples?

Most Americans pay into the Social Security program throughout their entire working careers, but what happens to a person’s benefits if they pass away unexpectedly? The attorneys with…

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Social Security Disability Claims Increase Blamed On Lack Of Reform

July 24, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently facing an ever-growing number of claims for Social Security Disability benefits. This, in turn, has led to the…

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Bill Aims to Save Social Security Disability Benefits

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security benefits as their main source of income. Retired workers account for roughly 41.4 million recipients, while approximately 11 million Americans receive…

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Indiana Social Security Disability process improved

September 24, 2009 The Herald Bulletin reports that the Indiana Social Security Disability process is improved due to new technologies. The Social Security Administration became the first federal…

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Social Security Disability backlog

January 14, 2010 The Washington Times reports a major backlog within the federal Social Security Disability system. With the highest rate of unemployment in 25 years, applicants are…

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What if your SSDI claim is denied?

February 4, 2010 According to the Social Security Administration's Web site, there is a process you can follow if your application for Social Security Disability Insurance has been…

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Social Security to fast track Disability payments

February 18, 2010 The Wall Street Journal reports that the Social Security Administration is planning an expansion of the fast track system, which will allow some people to…

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The Social Security Disability Insurance process

February 25, 2010 The Social Security Disability Insurance program is not a needs-based program. Allocations for Social Security Disability are based on how much you have paid into…

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Social Security requests feedback about Disability requirements

March 18, 2010 An insurance Web site CCH.com reveals that the Social Security Administration is requesting comments from citizens regarding their Social Security Disability Insurance program. They are…

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Nearly 2 million people waiting on Social Security Disability claim

Are you one of the nearly 2 million Americans waiting to find out if you will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits? The commissioner of Social Security, Michale…

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Children can be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits

Do you have a child with a disability that severely limits their activities? You may not know this, but your child may be eligible for social Security Disability benefits.…

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Get the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve

If you have a disability, you may able to get benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance system. The law states benefits are based on your inability to work.…

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Social Security Disability Program needs a fix, and needs it now

The U.S. News & World Report says the federal Social Security Disability program is in desperate need of some repairs, and those need to happen sooner rather than…

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Social Security Overpaid $6.5 Billion in 2009

On Tuesday a government investigator told Congress that the Social Security Administration made $8 billion in improper payments in 2009—overpaying $6.5 billion and underpaying $1.5 billion to benefit…

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‘Let’s Raise Social Security Retirement Age to 69,’ Says Senator Hutchison

On Thursday Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced a proposal that she says would save $146 billion over the next decade and reduce the public debt by $7.2…

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AARP Under Fire for Alleged Change in Social Security Stance

The Wall Street Journal stoked yet another Social Security-related flame late last week when it reported that the AARP has changed its stance and now supports cuts to Social…

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Debt-Ceiling Delay May Soon Hault Social Security and Disability Payments

A new analysis released Tuesday asserts that if the U.S. government doesn't come to an agreement about whether or not to raise the federal debt ceiling it could affect…

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Obama: ‘I Cannot Guarantee That Social Security Checks Will Go Out’ Next Month

Retired and disabled citizens of the United States are sweating collective bullets right about now as the clock ticks down on Congress’s federal deficit negotiations. In a new…

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AARP Launches Social Security Benefits Calculator

AARP recently rolled out a new feature on its website to help seniors calculate at what age to begin collecting Social Security payments. The interactive tool is designed…

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Obama Makes His Case for Changes to Social Security

At a bus tour stop in Minnesota on Monday, August 15, President Obama addressed the debate over Social Security and his desire to make changes to the program.…

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Girl Born Via In Vitro Can’t Receive Late Father’s Social Security Benefits, Says Court

An eight-year-old Iowa girl who was conceived via in vitro fertilization almost two years after her father died is not eligible to receive his Social Security benefits, a…

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How Will Work Affect Your Social Security Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration is offering free Work Incentive Events (WISE) across the country on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15 for those who are interested in…

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When Should You Start Collecting Social Security?

People generally have lots of questions about Social Security, but one of the most pressing regards when to start collecting it. In a new article, the San Francisco…

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Mitt Romney: ‘Social Security Is Our Country’s Safety Net’

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has authored an op-ed for Fox News called “The Future of Social Security.” Published yesterday,…

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Fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability Benefits

January 7, 2013 The American College of Rheumatology estimates that between three and six million Americans currently suffer from pain associated with fibromyalgia. For many, the pain is…

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How Does Divorce Affect Social Security Benefits?

January 9, 2012 With the number of divorces and people filing for Social Security Disability benefits on the rise in recent years, many people who already collect benefits wonder…

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Woman Denied Social Security Benefits After Receiving Breast Cancer Diagnosis

February 1, 2013 A Portland, Oregon, woman is reportedly struggling to make ends meet after being diagnosed with breast cancer and having her claim for Social Security Disability benefits…

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Miscalculations Can Result In Substantial Cuts To Social Security Disability Benefits

February 4, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently discovered that it had overpaid thousands of Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income recipients billions of dollars in recent…

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Several Tips For Increasing Social Security Benefits

February 22, 2013 The Social Security Administration reports there are currently an estimated 62 million recipients of both Social Security Disability and retirement benefits. Yet, many of those individuals…

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Social Security Disability Cases Often Initially Denied

February 25, 2013 Data shows that the Social Security Administration denies a majority of claims for Social Security Disability Benefits. These denials can result in claimants being required to…

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Number Of Social Security Disability Claims Decreased Last Year

March 1, 2013 Over the last several years, the United States has seen a steadily rising number of applications for Social Security Disability Benefits. New information is showing that…

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How To Determine Eligibility For Social Security Disability Benefits

March 8, 2013 When a person becomes unable to work due to a health condition, one of the first questions they will often ask is, “Am I eligible…

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How To Maximize A Disabled Child’s Benefits

March 18, 2013 Children who are disabled could potentially face a lifetime of needing government assistance for financial support. The North Dallas Gazette explained some of the basic pitfalls…

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Receiving Both Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Benefits

April 22, 2013 One of the most common causes for an individual to seek Social Security Disability Benefits is because they are left unable to work after an…

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill To End Double Dipping

May 8, 2013 When a person is injured on the job and is no longer able to perform the normal duties of employment, current law allows that individual…

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What Should A Person Do If Their Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied?

May 31, 2013 With the Social Security Administration (SSA) facing a huge influx of new applications for Social Security Disability Benefits, the agency seems to have adopted a policy…

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Compassionate Allowances: A More Efficient Way to Receive Benefits

June 10, 2013 With record breaking numbers of Americans receiving Social Security Disability Benefits and long wait times while Social Security Administration (SSA) processes claims, many disabled citizens…

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Denied Social Security Disability Claim: How To Appeal

June 14, 2013 Even when a person files a legitimate claim for Social Security Disability Benefits, there is a good chance it will be denied. Records from the Social…

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Social Security Administration Launches New Mobile Web Site

July 8, 2013 Getting the public access to information about their Social Security Disability Benefits in a more efficient way has recently become a priority for the Social Security…

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Does Autism Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

July 12, 2013 One of the fastest growing claims for Social Security Disability Benefits is for debilitating mental conditions such as autism. Autistic individuals can be extremely limited in…

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What To Do If A Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied

July 17, 2013 Those who are unable to work due to their mental or physical condition may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits from the federal…

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Applying Online For Social Security Disability Benefits

August 7, 2013 Each year, millions of Americans are left unable to work due to a debilitating mental or physical condition. This often leaves these individuals struggling to…

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Can A Person Collect Social Security Disability And Workers’ Compensation At The Same Time?

August 12, 2013 When an individual is left too disabled to work due to a mental or physical condition, they often qualify for assistance through programs like Social…

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Disabled Soldiers May Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits

August 16, 2013 The injuries incurred by soldiers during service to our country can often leave them unable to work. This can lead to financial struggles. However, Social…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Benefits For Fibromyalgia Sufferers

August 23, 2013 In the past several decades, one of the leading causes for Social Security Disability claims has been chronic pain, with a leading cause of such…

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The Effects Marriage and Divorce Can Have On Social Security Disability Benefits

August 28, 2013 There are a plethora of factors that can affect the outcome of a claim for Social Security Disability Benefits. One of the most complex factors…

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How Hearing Impairments and Social Security Disability Benefits Affect One Another

September 20, 2013 The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin state that even the simplest of tasks can become extremely difficult to complete if…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Examine Autism As A Condition Qualifying For Benefits

October 8, 2013 For those who are unable to work because of a mental or physical condition, resources for income can be extremely limited. This may force these…

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Does Blindness or Vision Impairment Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

October 21, 2013 There are many conditions that can qualify an individual for Social Security Disability Benefits, but one of the most common is blindness or visual impairment.…

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What Happens If A Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied?

October 25, 2013 When an individual applies for Social Security disability benefits, the initial claim will likely be denied. Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows more…

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Complications Are Common In The Social Security Disability Application Process

November 1, 2013 While the Social Security program is a lifeline for millions of Americans who are unable to work, the system is also known for its complicated…

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Depression Named Second Most Common Cause of Disability

November 15, 2013 There are millions of people throughout the United States who are left unable to work due to a mental or physical condition they suffer from.…

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Several States Developing Programs For Getting Kids Off Supplemental Security Income

November 18, 2013 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program designed to offer assistance to those who are unable to work due to a physical or mental condition…

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Woman’s Supplemental Security Income Benefits Affected By Loss of Home

November 27, 2013 There are currently more than 4.7 million Americans who depend on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as their main resource for money. In order to receive…

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Why Applicants Should Avoid Using Social Security Calculators To Determine Benefits

December 11, 2013 For those who receive Social Security benefits or who are in the process of applying for such benefits, determining the amount of money you are…

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Some Social Security Disability Recipients Continue To Struggle Financially

December 18, 2013 Individuals who are left unable to work due to a mental or physical condition may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. However, the…

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SSA Considering Policy Changes To Improve The Disability Application Process

December 27, 2013 There are millions of Americans who depend on Social Security Disability Benefits as their main source of income due to the fact they are unable…

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4 Steps To The Social Security Disability Application Process

January 10, 2014 Estimates show there are currently millions of Americans suffering from medical conditions that may qualify them for Social Security Disability benefits. However, the processes and…

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Report Shows One-Third of Social Security Disability Benefits Are Used For Medical Bills

January 27, 2014 Once a disabled person is approved for Social Security Disability benefits, they may still find it difficult to make ends meet. Experts have stated that…

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3 Most Common Conditions That Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

February 12, 2014 There are a variety of conditions that qualify Americans for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. But some conditions are seen by the Social Security Administration…

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Obama Continuing to Push Changes for Cost-of-Living Adjustment

February 21, 2014 It can be a struggle to make ends meet for those who receive Social Security Disability Benefits as their only source of income. In an…

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How Work History and Education Affect Social Security Disability Benefits

February 26, 2014 When a person applies for Social Security Disability benefits, one of the most important aspects that is examined to determine if an applicant qualifies for…

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What Is the Social Security Disability Claim Process?

March 3, 2014 Studies form the Social Security Administration (SSA) show there is a one-in-four chance that Americans will become disabled prior to reaching age 67. For many,…

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Complications With Getting SSD Benefits While Working

Social Security Disability benefits provide financial support to Americans unable to work due to mental or physical conditions, but they also offer vocational training and rehabilitation to get…

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Problems Still Arise After a Social Security Disability Approval

It seems though even once an individual receives a Social Security Disability Approval, the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) internal mistakes and bureaucratic hiccups can still make getting benefits…

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Who Is Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Today?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates there are currently more than 10 million Americans unable to perform their job duties due to a work-related illness or injury. These…

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Study Shows Benefit Payouts Increase, But Fewer Receive Assistance

New figures from Johns Hopkins University are showing the U.S. is spending more than ever before on benefits programs like Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income; however,…

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More Women Are Meeting Social Security Disability Qualifications

It’s no secret that getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult. Having an insight into what demographics are most likely to receive an approval may…

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How Effective Will New Veterans’ Social Security Disability Policies Be?

Veterans who aren’t able to work because of injuries or illnesses suffered in the line of duty may be entitled to a number of federal benefits, including veterans’…

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The Effects of Flaws in the Social Security Disability Benefit Claims Process

It’s no secret that the Social Security Administration is overwhelmed by a growing number of Social Security Disability benefit claims that are awaiting processing. What is shocking is…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Lupus

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…

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Report Highlights Social Security Disability Processing Failures

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…

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How common are mistakes by the Social Security Administration?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is failing to process claims in a timely manner, and the situation has reached crisis levels. The Office of the Inspector General for…

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If I Get Supplemental Security Income, What Other Benefits Are Available?

Suffering from an injury or medical condition that leaves you unable to work can put serious financial strains on your family. Even if you qualify for Social Security…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Amputation Disability

The loss of a limb can leave you unable to perform your job duties and may entitle you to Social Security Disability benefits. But it’s important to understand…

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“I’m In To Hire” Creates Jobs For Those With An Intellectual Disability

Life With An Intellectual Disability Living with an intellectual disability can be a struggle due to an inability to learn or meet established criteria for advancement in a…

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Resources to Use While Applying for Social Security Disability

Finding all the resources you need when applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a painstaking task. That’s why the team of attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos &…

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What’s in a Social Security Number?

Every working United States citizen is entitled to collect credits toward Social Security Disability and retirement benefits. The Social Security Disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin…

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Changes Proposed To The Way Social Security Collects and Dispenses Funds

When U.S. citizens are no longer able to work, many depend on Social Security Disability benefits for income. The problem is a lack of funding is causing a…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Diabetes

Diabetes in the United States Thousands of conditions and illnesses can leave a person unable to work and eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, but one of the…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Back Pain

Living With Back Pain If you’ve ever hurt your back, you know just how debilitating the pain associated with such injuries can be. So it should come as…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Back Pain Disabilities

Living With Back Pain If you’ve ever hurt your back, you know just how debilitating the pain associated with such injuries can be. So it should come as…

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Kidney Disease a Common Social Security Condition

The body needs to be able to excrete waste in order to properly function. If this cannot be achieved, it can lead to an individual developing any of…

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Common Mistakes That Lead to Social Security Disability Denials

In order to start receiving Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration or a judge must first approve your claim. Unfortunately, mistakes are often made during this…

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How to Live off Social Security Disability Benefits

Our lives can change in the blink of an eye. An accident or illness that leaves you permanently disabled could prevent you from working or collecting a paycheck,…

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Lawmaker Claims ‘Back Pain’ and ‘Anxiety’ Prove Need for Social Security Disability Reform

Our nation’s Social Security system has come under heavy scrutiny after lawmakers stated the program’s budget could face shortfalls as early as this year. One particular legislator, Senator…

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Struggling to Fight a Social Security Disability Denial

The Social Security Administration has strict rules governing their policies for distributing Social Security Disability benefits. But as the old saying goes, there’s an exception to every rule.…

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Medical Evidence Affects Your Social Security Disability Claim

The Social Security Act was created as a means for the U.S. government to provide assistance to working citizens who suffer from a mental or physical condition that…

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After You’re Approved for Social Security Disability, What Factors Could Affect Your Claim and Payments?

While many disabled Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits believe their financial problems are solved when their claim is approved, nothing could be further from the truth.…

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Electronic Access to SSA-1099 Tax Forms for Social Security Disability Benefits Recipients

It’s tax season again and even recipients of Social Security Disability benefits have to account for all of the income their household brought in over the past year—including…

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Waiting for a Social Security Disability Appeal

If you’ve applied for Social Security Disability benefits, there’s a good chance your claim was denied. In fact, the Social Security Administration reports as many as 65 percent…

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The Judge Could Be a Factor in Your Social Security Disability Appeal

If you’ve applied for Social Security Disability benefits, in all likelihood, your claim has been denied. That’s because the Social Security Administration says that up to 65 percent of…

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Changes to Social Security Disability Benefits Withdrawal Policy

Federal lawmakers have the ability to change the regulations that govern the policies and procedures of the Social Security Disability benefits program and one such reform that was…

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When Applying for Social Security Disability, You May Face Long Waits

One of the most difficult aspects of applying for Social Security Disability benefits is the amount of time the process can take. In fact, it could take years…

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How to Determine What Social Security Disability Benefits You’ve Earned

Suffering from a disabling injury or illness can leave your finances tight. Luckily, many disabled Americans qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but determining how much you should…

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Bill Helps Prevent Criminals from Receiving Supplemental Security Income or Disability Benefits

The law states that anyone who is fleeing to avoid prosecution of a felony is ineligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income; however, loopholes…

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Social Security Act Celebrates 80th Anniversary

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law on August 14, 1935. In the eighty years that have passed since the bill’s inception, it has…

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How to Appeal a Denied Social Security Disability Claim

If your claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits was denied, you're not alone. As many as 70 percent of all initial claims for SSD benefits are rejected…

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The Evolution of the Social Security Disability Program

The U.S. Social Security Disability program was established in 1956 as a way to provide citizens who suffered from a disabling mental or physical condition for longer than…

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Always Report Changes to Your Social Security Disability Status

When a person is awarded Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the amount they receive is based on several factors including income, work history, marital status, and even the…

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3 Ways Your Social Security Benefits Are Already Being Cut

Though the debate about whether or not to cut Social Security spending is consuming many a politician these days, a new article from The Wall Street Journal points…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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Social Security Administration Struggles to Collect $5.4 Billion Overpaid to Disabled Workers

Last month it was revealed that the Social Security Administration overpaid approximately $5.4 billion in benefits to disabled workers in 2009; this week the United States Government Accountability…

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New Polls Show How Rick Perry’s Social Security Stance Sits with Voters

Texas Governor Rick Perry called the Social Security program a “Ponzi scheme” that was doomed for failure in his 2010 book Fed Up! It’s a denouncement that many…

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Social Security Myths, Busted

In a thought-provoking new piece from Forbes, Certified Financial Planner Jim Blankenship takes on Social Security — admitting its qualms but urging that it be protected and updated.…

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Seniors Will Get Cost-of-Living Adjustment from Social Security in 2010: Report

Senior citizens should enjoy a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) from the Social Security Administration in January, according to Massachusetts nonprofit group American Institute for Economic Research (AIER). This will…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning 66 in 2012–part 1

In 2012 the oldest baby boomers will turn age 66, an important age for Social Security eligibility, according to US News. Many of the rules for claiming Social…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning age 66 in 2012–part 2

At age 66, baby boomers can claim the full amount of Social Security that they have earned, and the penalty for working while claiming Social Security benefits disappears,…

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Privatizing Social Security not the answer

It is a myth that Social Security is an entitlement, according to Don Samuels in the Summit Daily. Social Security is a benefit that comes from paying into…

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Does tax break harm Social Security?

Congress extended the payroll tax reduction for taxpayers through February 2012.  Each party structured the tax cut in the best light for their own political goals, according to…

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How can a vocational expert help with Social Security Disability benefits?

If you are denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you have the option to appeal the initial decision. At the appeals stage, a vocational expert may be called…

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Raising the retirement age won’t save Social Security

Since the average life expectancy is higher than it was 40 years ago, many politicians and economists have publicly opined that raising the Early Eligibility Age (EEA) for…

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2012 Social Security changes a boost to beneficiaries

Social Security beneficiaries will receive larger benefits payments in 2012, according to Weho News. What do these increases actually mean? Effectively taking political issues out of the rate-setting…

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Social Security recipients better off with lawyers than with advocates

Non-lawyers who represent people in Social Security Disability [SSD] are known as ‘Social Security advocates.' Some "have been caught lying about health reports and wound up defrauding the…

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5 Social Security myths that need correcting

Social Security is not the only cause of America's fiscal problems, but it is Exhibit A in why it is so hard to fix them, according to CBS…

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How did Social Security begin?

Ida May Fuller, a resident of rural Vermont, was the first beneficiary of a recurring Social Security payment on January 31, 1940, according to Bloomberg. Her SS number…

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Watch for scams during tax season

Everywhere you look these days, someone has a deal for you that is “too good to be true.” These “scams” can do major damage to your credit score…

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Social Security in the red

Society Security is running almost $50 billion in the red each year, deficits that are being covered by reserves in the General Fund, reports the Kipsap Peninsula Business…

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Getting Married? Better Tell the Social Security Administration

This is a popular time of year for proclamations of love. Such displays of affection can be as simple as a heart with a “be mine” message or…

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An Alternative to Social Security

2010 represented the first year since 1983 that the Social Security trust began paying out more in benefits than it collected in tax revenue, according to the San Francisco…

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Social Security and Medicare Under Fire

Missiles are being pointed at Social Security and Medicare--two federal health benefit programs for older Americans. Some are stealth missiles; some are misguided missiles, reports the Nashua Telegraph.…

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Social Security Disability Benefits Can Take 800 Days to Process

Although a person can save funds for medical insurance, life insurance, and six months to a year of pay in case of an emergency, when an accident or…

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Raise the Age for Collecting Social Security?

According to a Bank of America Corp. survey, about 59 percent of those with more than $250,000 in investments said that the government should increase the eligibility age…

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40,000 People Stole the Same Social Security Number

FDR signed the Social Security Act into law in 1935. It was created as a self-funding program paid through payroll taxes paid by both the employee and his…

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Two odd stories about Social Security

Social Security touches the lives of almost every American family. It not only provides income to retirees but also to workers who become disabled and to families in which…

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First in a series about what candidates offer concerning Social Security

March 7, 2012 Running for president in the Republican primaries of 2012, Mitt Romney proposes actions that will help to preserve Medicare and Social Security, according to an…

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When to collect Social Security?

Because they start taking Social Security before their full retirement age, 72 percent of retirees lock in a lifetime of smaller benefits, according to Reuters. They may be…

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Eight things you might not know about SS

March 12, 2012 Here are eight things that you might not know about the SS program, according to The Sacramento Bee. 1. For every year you postpone Social…

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In retirement, what can you afford to spend on extras?

There is a new taxonomy of aging, reports the Houston Chronicle. Where once turning 65 made you "old," demographers now identify three groups: The "young-old" are those between…

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Opening remarks at the Social Security subcommittee

On March 20, Representative Xavier Becerra (D.--CA)  made a speech on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to a Social Security (SS) subcommittee on ways and means, reports Insurance…

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Social Security Stops Issuing Paper Statements

By suspending the mailing of annual statements to about 150 million Americans, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has created an information vacuum, says the Los Angeles Times. For…

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National ID card could solve SS fraud

The most common form of identification in the United States is a driver’s license, but nonwhites are somewhat less likely than whites to have drivers’ licenses, according to…

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Resources tapped while awaiting SSD benefits

Who would you turn to if a disability or illness kept you from working? A 2012 poll found that friends and family continued to be the leading resource…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 1

Even though Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President who proposed Social Security in 1935, this editorial writer from Ohio’s Columbia Dispatch opines that FDR would not like what Social…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 2

The Great Depression and the stock market crash left many older Americans broke. In a radio broadcast on the third anniversary of the Social Security Act in 1938,…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 3

In 1960, there were five workers per Social Security recipient. Today, there are three workers per recipient, and by 2025, the ratio will approach two workers per recipient.…

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Part 1: 10 ways to prevent identity and Social Security theft

Even though Social Security Administration is going completely electronic, you still need to be careful and know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on the rise. Here are the…

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Part 2–10 things to prevent identity theft

The news is that Social Security benefit deposits are going totally electronic by March 2013, so you need to know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on…

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Part 1: 4 steps to handling personal finances when a disability occurs

Planning for a life-altering disability isn't always at the top of the priority list. But, when you're diagnosed with a disabling condition, you just might need a plan.…

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More people collect Social Security early

May 7, 2012 For the first time in history, Social Security had to pay out more in benefits than it took in for payroll taxes, reports Fox Business.…

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Obama says Social Security just needs a ‘tweak’

In a recent interview with the American Association of Retired People (AARP), President Obama discussed unemployment, gas prices, tax cuts, and Social Security.  He said that it will…

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SSDI can help save you financially

The Social Security Administration reports that just over one in four of today's 20-year-olds will become disabled before age 67, according to the South Bend Tribune. In fact,…

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Perennial questions about Social Security

June 6, 2012 Should you apply for Social Security? If you have never worked, do you get Social Security? These are two perennial questions that pop up concerning…

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Making Social Security gender neutral

Elderly women receive far fewer Social Security benefits than men, according to Huff Post. In the late 1930s, Social Security was designed by a committee that used the beliefs…

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The difference between SSDI and SSI

Despite the similar acronyms, SSI and SSDI are quite different, according to AARP.org. Dating back to 1960, SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. It’s an earned benefit that…

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Children: identity thieves’ new targets

Children are being targeted by identity thieves 35 times more often than adults, reports Fox Business. Fifteen percent of the victims are under the age of five. A Social…

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Social Security Disability claims increase

By the end of 2013, the Social Security Administration expects Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims to reach 1.1 million, according to timesunion.com. SSDI provides monthly benefits to…

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SSA helps two mentally disabled men

In a groundbreaking decision Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide training and assistance to two mentally disabled men, reports…

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SSDI and SSI may be available for wounded service members

All service members who became disabled on active duty after October 1, 2001, are possibly eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)…

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Correcting a possible Social Security mistake

June 27, 2012 Financial experts say you should draw Social Security benefits as late as possible, but about 75 percent of Americans start drawing their benefits at the…

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SSDI benefits for severe depression

Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that can be profoundly disabling. For that reason, many people with severe depression may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits…

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Social Security: not the young against old

July 9, 2012 Some young people believe Social Security benefits will be gone by the time they are of age to use the program. However, others believe this…

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Disabled people’s unemployment rate reaches three-year low, SSDI applications stabilize

July 16, 2012 During the second quarter of 2012, the unemployment rate among people with disabilities dropped to its lowest in more than three years while applications for…

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Increase in SSDI benefits criticized by some

August 15, 2012 Attacks against Social Security Disability Insurance have been on the rise lately, according to Newsday. Among other things, some critics say that SSDI applications have increased…

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Protecting your Social Security number

August 20, 2012 Your Social Security number (SSN) is tied to your identity and should be kept private, but it’s becoming more and more frequent to include it…

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Reasons to collect Social Security as soon as you can

August 27, 2012 Most articles from financial experts will tell you to delay collecting Social Security as long as you can--to wait until your full retirement age or…

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Why collecting Social Security early may be wise choice

August 29, 2012 To continue the discussion of why Huffington Post says that it may be smart for you to take Social Security as soon as possible, let’s review…

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Answers to common Social Security Questions and Concerns

August 31, 2012 Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits will continue as long as the person's medical condition does not improve and as long as she remains unable to…

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12 tips to prevent identity theft

September 12, 2012 To keep someone from stealing your identity, some simple precautions and these twelve steps may be able to help you, according to ehow.com. (1) Protect your…

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3 Social Security ‘gotchas’ to avoid

The Social Security Handbook has 2,728 rules and countless interpretations—which can sometimes lead to contradictions in the system, reports Forbes. For example: (1) If you take your retirement…

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Three more Social Security ‘catch 22s’ to watch out for

According to Forbes, over the decades the rules governing Social Security benefits have become increasingly complex and confusing—even to the people working at local Social Security offices. For…

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4 more Social Security tips to be aware of

The rules for obtaining Social Security benefits—and the types of benefits you can receive—are confusing, according to Forbes. For example: 7. If you divorce after 10 years or more…

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Reasons to delay collecting Social Security benefits

Collecting Social Security at 62 when it pays your full benefit at 65-67—depending on the year you were born—may not be financially wise, according to the Rapid City Journal.…

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8 Social Security myths busted

According to The Christian Science Monitor, some of the most common myths about Social Security include the following: 1. Social security funds are running out, so I should collect…

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Social Security myths continued

Given our national retirement program’s handbook of 2,728 rules and countless interpretations, few of us are likely to thoroughly understand Social Security, according to The Christian Science Monitor.…

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70 Percent of SSDI claims denied

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult due to how long a claim can take and the high chance of being denied, according to DisabilitySecrets.com. Statistically,…

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New Jersey man indicted for selling fake Social Security cards

Apparently for some people in search of a legal U.S. identity, all that is needed is a birth date, name of their choosing, a photo, and cash. On…

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Ways to make sure your COLA goes further

According to stltoday.com , there are some practical ways to help make sure that the small 2013 cost of living (COLA) increase can go further for you. 1. Review healthcare…

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Can you collect SSDI and Medicaid at the same time?

November 12, 2012 According to the Cypress Creek Mirror, a 58-year-old woman was diagnosed with stage IIIA metastatic breast cancer. She was unemployed at the time. A breast/ovarian cancer…

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Undo your decision to draw Social Security early

If you file for Social Security at age 62, you earn only 75 percent of what you would get by filing at the full retirement age of 66.…

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How to “undo” early Social Security payments

Early Social Security payments may be reduced, but not necessarily forever. There are little-known exceptions to what most people think of as a permanent, lifetime reduction, according to Money Watch.…

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A final way to “undo” early Social Security withdrawal

If you retired earlier than 66 and draw less than 100 percent in Social Security benefits, there are three ways to "undo" your decision, according to Market Watch.…

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5 ways to fix the Social Security problem

Market Watch says that there are five principles that Congress should keep in mind when it comes to fixing Social Security: 1. Because retirements are at risk, Congress…

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More ways to fix the Social Security conundrum

Adding to the three principles outlined in Friday’s blog, Market Watch also wants Congress to keep in mind two more considerations when it comes to tackling Social Security solvency:…

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Certain Medical Conditions Automatically Qualify You for SSDI

There are a number of impairments—both physical and mental—that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), according to…

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Wonder if your condition is not in the SSA Blue Book?

As mentioned in our last blog, there are a number of impairments that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI), according to DisabilitySecrets.com. The…

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Changes Considered For Inflation Measures In Social Security Payments

January 16, 2013 With the government attempting to rescue the nation from falling over the fiscal cliff, legislators have begun to consider making changes to the way inflation…

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2013 Brings Changes To Social Security System And Payments

January 21, 2013 The New Year has brought several significant changes to not only the way Social Security Disability benefits are being paid, but how much each recipient is…

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Social Security Myths Debunked

January 23, 2013 An article by the Marshfield News Herald took a look at several myths surrounding Social Security benefits in the United States. The first myth that was…

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Government Accountability Office Works To Reduce Social Security Overpayments

January 25, 2013 The Social Security Administration offers assistance to retired or disabled citizens and their dependents through a system of benefits aimed at covering living expenses called…

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Experts Say Funding For Social Security Benefits Could Run Dry By 2016

January 28, 2013 With a large volume of aging workers preparing for retirement and a massive influx on claims for SSD Benefits, funding for Social Security is taking out…

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Social Security Disability Claims Rising While Program Funding Decreases

February 11, 2013 A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office states that the nation’s Social Security program is in trouble. According to the Fort Bragg Patch, the new…

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Government Accountability Office Reports Overpayments In Supplemental Security Income Cases

February 18, 2013 The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report that found while the Social Security Administration (SSA) has taken steps to reduce the number…

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Can Spouses Collect Benefits For Deceased Social Security Disability Recipients?

March 4, 2013 The death of a spouse can be extremely difficult, both emotionally and financially. For those whose spouses were collecting Social Security Disability Benefits, the loss can…

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Rise In Number Of Social Security Claims Being Blamed On Fraud

March 14, 2013 It’s no secret the nation’s Social Security Disability system has seen a massive influx in the number of claims filed. The Social Security Administration (SSA) reports…

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Number Of Social Security Disability Claims Continues To Rise

March 22, 2013 Despite efforts being made by the federal government to keep workers on-the job, the number of Social Security Disability recipients has continued to rise to more…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Claims For Mental Health Disorders

March 27, 2013 One of the leading types of conditions that have led to workers seeking Social Security Disability Benefits in recent years involve mental health. Eligibility standards changed…

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What Is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

April 5, 2013 For millions of Americans who struggle to make ends meet each year, the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income program is a vital source of…

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Many Recipients Of Social Security Disability Say The Program Is Hard to Leave

April 8, 2013 While government officials believe there are several causes for the lack of an economic turn around, many claim a large portion of the problem stems…

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Senate Blocks Changes To The Way Disability COLAs Are Figured

April 15, 2013 The United States Senate recently voted against a proposed bill that would have significantly changed the way increases in payments to those receiving Social Security…

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Will Social Security Benefits Increase Next Year?

May 15, 2013 Each year, the Social Security Administration evaluates the cost of everyday items deemed as staples to survival and adjusts the amount of money Social Security…

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Are Social Security Disability Benefits Available For Soldiers And Veterans?

May 17, 2013 Each day in the United States, soldiers return home from service overseas with injuries and conditions that leave them unable to work. This raises numerous…

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What Programs Are Available To Those Who Are Unable To Work?

May 20, 2013 Suffering from a condition or injury that leaves a person unable to work for an extended period of time can be difficult. The focus on…

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Does Arthritis Qualify An Individual For Social Security Disability Benefits?

May 22, 2013 When a person suffers from a condition or injury that leaves them facing the inability to work for more than a year, they may qualify…

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What Qualifies A Person For Social Security Disability Benefits?

June 4, 2013 Each year, millions of Americans are left unable to work due to a disabling physical or mental condition they are afflicted with. Most are left…

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Social Security Disability Benefits Qualifications

June 12, 2013 When a person’s mental or physical condition leaves them facing death or unable to work for extended periods of time, they may meet Social Security Disability…

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Social Security Officials Examining Ways To Provide Jobs to People With Disabilities

June 21, 2013 Records show that more than four million Americans with disabilities are employed while they receive Social Security Disability Benefits. However, a majority of those individuals make…

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Social Security Disability Claims Increase Blamed On Lack Of Reform

July 24, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently facing an ever-growing number of claims for Social Security Disability benefits. This, in turn, has led to the…

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Lawmakers Seek Approval Of The ABLE Act For Disability Recipients

August 1, 2013 Social Security Disability and other similar benefits provide financial resources to those who are unable to work due to a mental or physical impairments. The…

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Social Security Administration Eliminates Use Of the Term “Mental Retardation”

August 5, 2013 Mental health conditions are one of the leading reasons people file claims for Social Security Disability benefits today. Determining if a person’s mental health condition qualifies…

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Social Security Disability Approval Process More Difficult Than Before

August 21, 2013 In recent years, there have been a growing number of Americans applying for Social Security Disability Benefits. The swelling number of recipients of benefits has…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Benefits For Mental Health Conditions

September 4, 2013 Over the last several decades, there has been a massive influx in the number of claims seeking benefits from the Social Security Administration due to…

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Increase In Social Security Benefit Payments Announced For Next Year

September 6, 2013 Each year, the government examines the changes in costs of basic necessities for living to determine if those who receive Social Security Disability Benefits should…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Qualifications For Benefits Following Amputation

September 13, 2013 The loss of a limb due to an accident can have devastating effects on an individual’s ability to perform work duties. The Social Security Disability…

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Does Blindness Qualify An Individual For Social Security Disability Benefits?

September 16, 2013 Many Americans depend on their ability to see in order to work and make a living. Having their sight taken away by an accident or…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Examine Effects Fraud Has On Other Claims

September 18, 2013 The nation’s Social Security program, which offers benefits to those who have retired or have become disabled and are unable to work, is currently facing…

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Would A Government Shutdown Affect Social Security Disability Benefits?

September 30, 2013 With the United States currently facing a shutdown of the federal government, experts explain many recipients of government benefits are wondering what effects such an…

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Obama Says Social Security Payments Could Be Affected If Debt Ceiling Is Not Raised

October 4, 2013 A total of 57 million United States citizens currently receive some sort of benefit from the federal government through the Social Security Administration. With the…

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Experts Estimate Cost of Living Adjustments for Social Security Disability Recipients

October 14, 2013 For those unable to work due to a physical or mental condition, making ends meet with the money they receive from Social Security Disability Benefits…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Child’s Benefits

October 16, 2013 Anytime an adult is left unable to work due to age or their health, it can have serious effects on their families as well. This…

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What Is The Criteria For Social Security Disability Benefits Eligibility?

October 18, 2013 Each year, hundreds of thousands of American apply for Social Security Disability Benefits due to suffering from a mental or physical condition that prevents them…

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Effects of Marriage and Divorce On Social Security Disability Claims

October 23, 2013 When applying for Social Security Disability Benefits, there are numerous factors that will come into play when determining the amount of compensation the claimant will…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Overpayments of Benefits

October 28, 2013 While hundreds of thousands of disabled individuals are battling through the process of filing to receive Social Security Disability benefits, some of those who have…

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Social Security Disability Recipients Will Receive Increase In Payments Next Year

October 30, 2013 The rising costs of living in today’s society can make it extremely difficult for those who collect Social Security disability benefits as their main source…

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Controversy Arising Around How Annual COLAs Are Determined

November 4, 2013 The federal government recently announced recipients of Social Security benefits would be receiving one of the smallest cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) in the history of the…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss the Complexities of Supplemental Security Income

November 6, 2013 There are millions of American children who are disabled and living below the poverty line. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos &…

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Social Security Benefit Evaluation Tool Now Available To Veterans

November 11, 2013 For soldiers who are unable to work due to a disability caused by their military service, making ends meet on the benefits they receive from…

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Study Indicates Increases In Payouts of Social Security Disability Benefits

November 25, 2013 The Social Security Administration oversees the distribution of disability benefits to millions of Americans who are unable to work due to a mental or physical…

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Can U.S. Immigrants Receive Supplemental Security Income?

December 6, 2013 The federal government offers assistance to citizens who are permanently disabled through programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, a common question is whether…

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New Study Cites Reasons For Increases In Social Security Disability Claim Numbers

December 13, 2013 Over the past several decades, the number of Social Security Disability benefit recipients has swelled. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos &…

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Online Services Offered To Beneficiaries By Social Security Administration

December 16, 2013 Winter is in full swing, but the weather that accompanies this season of the year can often make travel extremely difficult, especially for those who…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Supplemental Security Income

January 3, 2014 There are millions of Americans who cannot work because they are inhibited by a physical or mental condition. While a majority of these individuals may…

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Social Security Disability Fraud and The Effects It Has On The System

January 8, 2014 Earlier this week, hundreds of current and former emergency workers in New York were indicted on charges of Social Security Disability Fraud. Reports from the…

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What Is Being Done To Increase Income For The Disabled?

January 13, 2014 Many disabled individuals depend on Social Security Disability benefits as their main source of income. However, inflation in the costs of living can often make…

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Website Provides A Plethora of Information To The Disabled

February 5, 2014 For an individual who is disabled, obtaining the information that is needed to properly file a claim for Social Security disability can be one of…

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Warnings Issued Regarding “My Social Security” Email Phishing Scam

February 10, 2014 The Social Security Administration (SSA) is making efforts to move as many processes as possible to digital, paperless, and online platforms. In order for them…

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Social Security Disability Educational Resources Are Beneficial for Applicants

February 17, 2014 The laws, regulations, and processes related to Social Security Disability benefits are complex and confusing to many applicants. Learning how these processes work can help…

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Social Security Disability’s Common Conditions: Depression

March 5, 2014 One of the most common conditions that can qualify Americans for Social Security disability benefits is depression. Some estimates show as many as half of…

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Social Security Disability Conditions: Blindness

March 19, 2014 Many Americans with Blindness and visual impairments apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits for financial support. Blindness is considered to be a permanently debilitating…

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Ticket to Work Program Offers Financial Freedom to Disabled Americans

March 31, 2014 When a person is unable to work due to a mental or physical condition, Social Security Disability benefits can offer financial assistance to the claimant.…

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Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

With tax day approaching on April 15, many American citizens are scrambling to prepare their tax documents for filing. But the millions who receive Social Security Disability Benefits…

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Social Security Statement Mailings Begin in September

Despite moving to a paperless system two years ago, the Social Security Administration recently announced it would begin mailing paper Social Security statements to workers in September. Officials…

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2 Ways To Overcome The Hardships A Disability Can Pose

Suffering an injury or illness that prevents you from working is not only physically and emotionally wrecking, but can cause financial struggles as well. That’s why at Fleschner,…

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Changes to the Social Security System Are Underway

An aging population of workers combined with a reduction in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) workforce has taken it’s toll on both funding and the agency's ability to…

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Plan for Your Future During National My Social Security Week

Injuries and illnesses often strike when you least expect it. That’s why it’s so important to have a plan in place for how you will care for yourself…

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Disabled Americans and the Ticket to Work Program

The goal of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability benefits program isn’t just support Americans who can’t work, but to also to help disabled people return to work.…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Speech Disorders

Speech disorders affect roughly 7.5 million United States citizens. Many of those with speech disorder disabilities may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but it’s important to understand…

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Determining the Social Security Disability Benefits Available to You

Most working Americans contribute a portion of each of their paychecks to Social Security programs to help ensure income upon retirement or after a disability. Statements outlining the…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Respiratory Illnesses

If You Cannot Breathe, You Cannot Live The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers some types of  respiratory illnesses disabling conditions. What Is a Respiratory Illness Disability? The Social…

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Report Points to SSA Cyber Security Weaknesses

The Social Security Disability program is based on a system in which the income workers make is used to earn credits. The credits are used to determine one’s…

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Can Veterans Collect Social Security Disability Benefits?

Those who have served in the military have sacrificed for our nations freedom, so it comes as no surprise that the federal government provides these individuals with several…

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Changes Made to Social Security Disability Eligibility With Approval of the ABLE Act

Getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult enough, but keeping benefits after you’ve been approved can be just as arduous. One of the most frustrating…

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Who Issues Decisions on Social Security Disability Cases?

There are currently 10.2 million Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits and hundreds of thousands of others who have applied for the program and are awaiting decisions.…

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Bill Aims to Save Social Security Disability Benefits

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security benefits as their main source of income. Retired workers account for roughly 41.4 million recipients, while approximately 11 million Americans receive…

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Common Mistakes Made by Social Security Disability Applicants

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security Disability benefits as their main resource for income, yet a large number of claimants leave a portion of their benefits on…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Back and Spinal Cord Injury

Back and spine injuries affect a large number of Americans each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate there are currently more than 200,000…

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Determining Social Security Disability Eligibility

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security Disability benefits as a source of income, and each year, more citizens apply for federal assistance programs. Many of the people…

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Can My Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Benefits Be Taxed?

It’s tax season once again and for many Americans, the process of determining what you owe or should get back can be quite complicated. This is especially true…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Kidney Disease and Cancer

Our kidneys are among the most vital organs in our bodies because they are responsible for filtering our blood of waste. Without this bodily function, death would be…

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Your Rights During a Social Security Disability Claim

As a United States citizen, you have certain rights that cannot be encroached upon, even by the federal government. So when you’re applying for Social Security Disability benefits,…

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How Supplemental Security Income Can Help if Your Loved One Is Disabled

There are millions of Americans who are unable to work because of a disabling condition they suffer from, but not all of those individuals are work-age adults who…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Parkinson’s Disease

Data indicates that as many as 1 million Americans suffer from the degenerative neurological condition known as Parkinson’s Disease. Yet many citizens do not know the symptoms of the…

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Court Ruling Could Affect Some Social Security Disability Benefits Claims

There are many factors that can affect the amount you receive in Social Security Disability benefits, but one that is currently receiving national attention is the Windfall Elimination…

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Childhood Cancer Increases Chance of Receiving SSD Benefits Later in Life

Research from the American Cancer Society shows that 1 in 285 U.S. citizens will be diagnosed with a form of cancer before age 20. While the survival rate for…

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Social Security Administration Unveils New Improvement Plan: Vision 2025

Social Security Disability benefits are available to workers in the United States who are unable to return to their job due to a mental or physical condition. The…

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Previous Projections of Social Security Disability Benefits Trust Fund Depletion May Be Flawed

Studies Show Projection Data Is Flawed New research indicates projections about the financial status of our nation’s retirement and disability trust funds may not be accurate. Currently, estimates…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Benefits That May Be Available After Losing a Spouse

The financial struggles that accompany the loss of a spouse can be immense, especially if you’re considered disabled. That’s why our Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark,…

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Proposed Changes to Grid Rules Could Affect How the SSA Determines if You’re Disabled

Being unable to work would put a serious financial strain on a majority of Americans. Luckily, most employees in the United States pay into the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability program…

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Getting the Benefits You Need When Applying for Social Security Disability

The process of applying for and being approved to receive Social Security Disability benefits can be complicated. But it seems as though many disabled Americans continue to struggle…

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How The SCOTUS Ruling Will Impact Social Security and Supplemental Security Income

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States reached a historic decision to legalize same-sex marriages. This monumental ruling will impact many different government programs and services.…

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Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Has Doubled Since 1980

Almost eighty years ago, our nation created the Social Security program to provide income for citizens who were no longer able to work. Since that time, the program…

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Social Security Disability Benefits for Dependents

We know that Social Security Disability benefits are typically awarded to workers who are unable to perform their job duties due to a physical or mental illness; however,…

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Some Some Social Security Disability Recipients with Mental Health Conditions Banned From Owning Guns

There are currently millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits because they suffer from a mental health condition, such as depression or schizophrenia. Many of these…

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Why Calculating SSDI Benefits on a Regular Basis Is Important

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are calculated using the number of credits you earned while working and the amount of income you received during that time. But don’t…

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When to File Social Security Disability Appeals

If you’ve ever attempted to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you know how daunting the task can be. The wait time for a decision in your case…

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Upgrades to Online System Makes Appealing Your Social Security Disability Claim Easier

Getting approved to receive Social Security Disability benefits is no easy task. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports up to 65 percent of claims are initially turned…

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Social Security Disability Benefits System Faces Financial Strain

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion regarding the depletion of the trust fund that provides the financing for the Social Security Disability program in…

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Bill Proposes Immediate Social Security Disability Payments for the Terminally Ill

It’s no secret that getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be a long, drawn-out process. The Social Security Administration has conceded that it takes the agency…

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Resources Available to Those With Childhood Cancer

September has been declared “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in an effort to raise awareness about the struggles thousands of American youths face on a daily basis as they…

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Few Low-Income Children With Mental Disorders Get Supplemental Security Income

There's good and bad news when it comes to low-income children with mental disorders in the U.S. getting the benefits they need. The bad news is many of…

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Can a Medical Condition Automatically Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Millions of Americans suffer from medical conditions that leave them unable to work. Many qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but the application process can be take time—some…

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A Closer Look at the 2016 Social Security COLA

Social Security Disability benefits are a crucial part of millions of American’s incomes. Each year, benefits amounts are examined to ensure they are in line with the cost…

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Working While Getting SSD Benefits Made Easy

One of the qualifications for receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is that your condition must last longer than a year. Just because you’ve been sick or injured…

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Social Security Administration Eliminates Use Of the Term “Mental Retardation”

August 5, 2013 Mental health conditions are one of the leading reasons people file claims for Social Security Disability benefits today. Determining if a person’s mental health condition qualifies…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Overpayments of Benefits

October 28, 2013 While hundreds of thousands of disabled individuals are battling through the process of filing to receive Social Security Disability benefits, some of those who have…

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Problems Still Arise After a Social Security Disability Approval

It seems though even once an individual receives a Social Security Disability Approval, the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) internal mistakes and bureaucratic hiccups can still make getting benefits…

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Obama Says Social Security Recipients Could See Delay In Payments

January 14, 2013 President Barack Obama announced earlier today that unless a deal can be reached to raise the nation’s current debt ceiling soon, the more than 62…

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How Other Benefits Can Affect Social Security Disability Payments

December 2, 2013 When an individual is left permanently unable to work due to an on-the-job accident, they may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits for a…

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How Effective Will New Veterans’ Social Security Disability Policies Be?

Veterans who aren’t able to work because of injuries or illnesses suffered in the line of duty may be entitled to a number of federal benefits, including veterans’…

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The Effects of Flaws in the Social Security Disability Benefit Claims Process

It’s no secret that the Social Security Administration is overwhelmed by a growing number of Social Security Disability benefit claims that are awaiting processing. What is shocking is…

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Your Rights During a Social Security Disability Claim

As a United States citizen, you have certain rights that cannot be encroached upon, even by the federal government. So when you’re applying for Social Security Disability benefits,…

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What Qualifies A Person For Social Security Disability Benefits?

June 4, 2013 Each year, millions of Americans are left unable to work due to a disabling physical or mental condition they are afflicted with. Most are left…

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Social Security Disability Benefits Qualifications

June 12, 2013 When a person’s mental or physical condition leaves them facing death or unable to work for extended periods of time, they may meet Social Security Disability…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Qualifications For Benefits Following Amputation

September 13, 2013 The loss of a limb due to an accident can have devastating effects on an individual’s ability to perform work duties. The Social Security Disability…

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More Women Are Meeting Social Security Disability Qualifications

It’s no secret that getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult. Having an insight into what demographics are most likely to receive an approval may…

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SSA Considering Policy Changes To Improve The Disability Application Process

December 27, 2013 There are millions of Americans who depend on Social Security Disability Benefits as their main source of income due to the fact they are unable…

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The Evolution of the Social Security Disability Program

The U.S. Social Security Disability program was established in 1956 as a way to provide citizens who suffered from a disabling mental or physical condition for longer than…

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How To Determine Eligibility For Social Security Disability Benefits

March 8, 2013 When a person becomes unable to work due to a health condition, one of the first questions they will often ask is, “Am I eligible…

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Website Provides A Plethora of Information To The Disabled

February 5, 2014 For an individual who is disabled, obtaining the information that is needed to properly file a claim for Social Security disability can be one of…

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Social Security Disability Educational Resources Are Beneficial for Applicants

February 17, 2014 The laws, regulations, and processes related to Social Security Disability benefits are complex and confusing to many applicants. Learning how these processes work can help…

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Resources to Use While Applying for Social Security Disability

Finding all the resources you need when applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a painstaking task. That’s why the team of attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos &…

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Your Rights During a Social Security Disability Claim

As a United States citizen, you have certain rights that cannot be encroached upon, even by the federal government. So when you’re applying for Social Security Disability benefits,…

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Kidney Disease a Common Social Security Condition

The body needs to be able to excrete waste in order to properly function. If this cannot be achieved, it can lead to an individual developing any of…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Kidney Disease

The body needs to be able to excrete waste in order to properly function. If this cannot be achieved, it can lead to an individual developing any of…

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Proposed Changes to Grid Rules Could Affect How the SSA Determines if You’re Disabled

Being unable to work would put a serious financial strain on a majority of Americans. Luckily, most employees in the United States pay into the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability program…

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Bill Helps Prevent Criminals from Receiving Supplemental Security Income or Disability Benefits

The law states that anyone who is fleeing to avoid prosecution of a felony is ineligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income; however, loopholes…

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Would A Government Shutdown Affect Social Security Disability Benefits?

September 30, 2013 With the United States currently facing a shutdown of the federal government, experts explain many recipients of government benefits are wondering what effects such an…

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The Effects Marriage and Divorce Can Have On Social Security Disability Benefits

August 28, 2013 There are a plethora of factors that can affect the outcome of a claim for Social Security Disability Benefits. One of the most complex factors…

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Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Has Doubled Since 1980

Almost eighty years ago, our nation created the Social Security program to provide income for citizens who were no longer able to work. Since that time, the program…

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Determining the Social Security Disability Benefits Available to You

Most working Americans contribute a portion of each of their paychecks to Social Security programs to help ensure income upon retirement or after a disability. Statements outlining the…

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Always Report Changes to Your Social Security Disability Status

When a person is awarded Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the amount they receive is based on several factors including income, work history, marital status, and even the…

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The Effects Marriage and Divorce Can Have On Social Security Disability Benefits

August 28, 2013 There are a plethora of factors that can affect the outcome of a claim for Social Security Disability Benefits. One of the most complex factors…

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Are My Social Security Disability Benefits Taxable?

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…

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Can My Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Benefits Be Taxed?

It’s tax season once again and for many Americans, the process of determining what you owe or should get back can be quite complicated. This is especially true…

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Bill Proposes Immediate Social Security Disability Payments for the Terminally Ill

It’s no secret that getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be a long, drawn-out process. The Social Security Administration has conceded that it takes the agency…

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Social Security Disability Benefits System Faces Financial Strain

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion regarding the depletion of the trust fund that provides the financing for the Social Security Disability program in…

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Bill Proposes Immediate Social Security Disability Payments for the Terminally Ill

It’s no secret that getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be a long, drawn-out process. The Social Security Administration has conceded that it takes the agency…

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Social Security Disability Educational Resources Are Beneficial for Applicants

February 17, 2014 The laws, regulations, and processes related to Social Security Disability benefits are complex and confusing to many applicants. Learning how these processes work can help…

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Changes to Social Security Disability Benefits Withdrawal Policy

Federal lawmakers have the ability to change the regulations that govern the policies and procedures of the Social Security Disability benefits program and one such reform that was…

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Effects of Marriage and Divorce On Social Security Disability Claims

October 23, 2013 When applying for Social Security Disability Benefits, there are numerous factors that will come into play when determining the amount of compensation the claimant will…

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill To End Double Dipping

May 8, 2013 When a person is injured on the job and is no longer able to perform the normal duties of employment, current law allows that individual…

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Social Security Statement Mailings Begin in September

Despite moving to a paperless system two years ago, the Social Security Administration recently announced it would begin mailing paper Social Security statements to workers in September. Officials…

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Woman indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud

May 2, 2011 A woman has been indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud. The woman applied for and received Social Security survivor benefits for one of…

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Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Dead Grandfather’s Social Security Benefits for 27 Years

May 9, 2011 On Friday, an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, man entered a guilty plea in federal court for making false statements and stealing 27 years worth of Social…

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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Brother’s Social Security Disability Payments

On Wednesday a Kansas City, Missouri, man plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Prosecutors say the man, aged…

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Report Shows $7.9 Billion In Fraudulent Social Security Payments

May 3, 2013 While Social Security assists millions of Americans with their income, new data is showing the system is plagued with fraudulent and improper payments. Experts believe…

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New Rule Protects Disability and Social Security Funds from Garnishment

May 4, 2011 The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a new rule that took effect on Monday making it more difficult for creditors to garnish Social Security…

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Social Security Disability Claims Increase Blamed On Lack Of Reform

July 24, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently facing an ever-growing number of claims for Social Security Disability benefits. This, in turn, has led to the…

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How Hearing Impairments and Social Security Disability Benefits Affect One Another

September 20, 2013 The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin state that even the simplest of tasks can become extremely difficult to complete if…

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Website Provides A Plethora of Information To The Disabled

February 5, 2014 For an individual who is disabled, obtaining the information that is needed to properly file a claim for Social Security disability can be one of…

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Social Security Disability Educational Resources Are Beneficial for Applicants

February 17, 2014 The laws, regulations, and processes related to Social Security Disability benefits are complex and confusing to many applicants. Learning how these processes work can help…

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What You Don’t Know About Social Security Benefits Can Affect Your Claim

A portion of most workers’ paychecks go towards their Social Security benefits. But while millions of Americans are paying into this program, very few understand the policies that…

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Disabled Americans and the Ticket to Work Program

The goal of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability benefits program isn’t just support Americans who can’t work, but to also to help disabled people return to work.…

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Resources to Use While Applying for Social Security Disability

Finding all the resources you need when applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a painstaking task. That’s why the team of attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos &…

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Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Has Doubled Since 1980

Almost eighty years ago, our nation created the Social Security program to provide income for citizens who were no longer able to work. Since that time, the program…

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Social Security Disability Benefits for Dependents

We know that Social Security Disability benefits are typically awarded to workers who are unable to perform their job duties due to a physical or mental illness; however,…

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3 Ways Your Social Security Benefits Are Already Being Cut

Though the debate about whether or not to cut Social Security spending is consuming many a politician these days, a new article from The Wall Street Journal points…

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Social Security benefits can be received as early as 62

December 13, 2010 A reader posed a question to mysanantonio.com asking what the options are for receiving Social Security benefits. In the reply, it explains that Social Security…

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You can work and receive Social Security benefits

January 24, 2011 Those who work full time and qualify to receive Social Security benefits may receive a paycheck and benefits, according to detnews.com. You are not disqualified from…

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Former governor believes cuts to Social Security benefits are necessary

February 10, 2011 Former New Mexico Republican Gov. Gary Johnson believes there is too much government spending and changes to Social Security benefits are necessary, the Iowa Independent…

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Do cost of living adjustments help with Social Security benefits?

April 25, 2011 Social Security benefits are generally adjusted based on the cost of living expenses. In the 1970s, Congress regularized Social Security benefits boosts and provided predictable…

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More retire early to collect Social Security benefits

April 28, 2011 An unstable economy has prompted many to go into early retirement and collect social Security Benefits sooner than predicted. According to npr.com, in 2010, more…

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Woman indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud

May 2, 2011 A woman has been indicted on charges for Social Security benefits fraud. The woman applied for and received Social Security survivor benefits for one of…

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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Brother’s Social Security Disability Payments

On Wednesday a Kansas City, Missouri, man plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Prosecutors say the man, aged…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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5 Myths About Social Security

It can be super confusing to navigate the many rules and regulations on which Social Security and Social Security Disability are built. Let the Social Security Disability lawyers…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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5 Ways to Get More From Social Security

A new blog post on the Forbes website divulges the best strategies for gleaning the largest possible amount from the Social Security Administration each month. Financial educator Liz…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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Social Security Beneficiaries’ 2012 Increase May Be Eaten Up by Medicare Premiums

Next year the Social Security Administration will adjust the amounts its beneficiaries receive by an estimated .07 percent to accomodate the rising cost of living, according to the…

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Social Security Overpaid $6.5 Billion in 2009

On Tuesday a government investigator told Congress that the Social Security Administration made $8 billion in improper payments in 2009—overpaying $6.5 billion and underpaying $1.5 billion to benefit…

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‘Let’s Raise Social Security Retirement Age to 69,’ Says Senator Hutchison

On Thursday Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced a proposal that she says would save $146 billion over the next decade and reduce the public debt by $7.2…

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AARP Under Fire for Alleged Change in Social Security Stance

The Wall Street Journal stoked yet another Social Security-related flame late last week when it reported that the AARP has changed its stance and now supports cuts to Social…

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Debt-Ceiling Delay May Soon Hault Social Security and Disability Payments

A new analysis released Tuesday asserts that if the U.S. government doesn't come to an agreement about whether or not to raise the federal debt ceiling it could affect…

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The Results of Your Disability Appeal May Depend on the Judge

The Social Security Administration is beginning to look more closely at the approval rate discrepancy amongst its administrative law judges (ALJs), reports USA Today. Whereas a judge’s numbers…

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House Members Butt Heads Over Social Security’s Role in Debt Ceiling Talk

As potential cuts to Social Security remain on the table in the discussion about how to reduce the federal debt, members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee…

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Obama: ‘I Cannot Guarantee That Social Security Checks Will Go Out’ Next Month

Retired and disabled citizens of the United States are sweating collective bullets right about now as the clock ticks down on Congress’s federal deficit negotiations. In a new…

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Chained CPI Formula Would Rip Off Needy Seniors, Says L.A. Times

A new Los Angeles Times editorial makes no bones about its opposition to a proposed change to the way inflation is calculated for Social Security beneficiaries. “Of all…

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Social Security Administration Struggles to Collect $5.4 Billion Overpaid to Disabled Workers

Last month it was revealed that the Social Security Administration overpaid approximately $5.4 billion in benefits to disabled workers in 2009; this week the United States Government Accountability…

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AARP Launches Social Security Benefits Calculator

AARP recently rolled out a new feature on its website to help seniors calculate at what age to begin collecting Social Security payments. The interactive tool is designed…

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Obama Makes His Case for Changes to Social Security

At a bus tour stop in Minnesota on Monday, August 15, President Obama addressed the debate over Social Security and his desire to make changes to the program.…

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Girl Born Via In Vitro Can’t Receive Late Father’s Social Security Benefits, Says Court

An eight-year-old Iowa girl who was conceived via in vitro fertilization almost two years after her father died is not eligible to receive his Social Security benefits, a…

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How Will Work Affect Your Social Security Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration is offering free Work Incentive Events (WISE) across the country on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15 for those who are interested in…

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New Polls Show How Rick Perry’s Social Security Stance Sits with Voters

Texas Governor Rick Perry called the Social Security program a “Ponzi scheme” that was doomed for failure in his 2010 book Fed Up! It’s a denouncement that many…

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When Should You Start Collecting Social Security?

People generally have lots of questions about Social Security, but one of the most pressing regards when to start collecting it. In a new article, the San Francisco…

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Mitt Romney: ‘Social Security Is Our Country’s Safety Net’

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has authored an op-ed for Fox News called “The Future of Social Security.” Published yesterday,…

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Social Security Disability Applications Up 40 Percent in Florida

More Floridians than ever are now claiming Social Security Disability benefits; in fact, the figure is up 40 percent since 2007, meaning that 500,000 people received disability benefits…

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Social Security Myths, Busted

In a thought-provoking new piece from Forbes, Certified Financial Planner Jim Blankenship takes on Social Security — admitting its qualms but urging that it be protected and updated.…

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Seniors Will Get Cost-of-Living Adjustment from Social Security in 2010: Report

Senior citizens should enjoy a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) from the Social Security Administration in January, according to Massachusetts nonprofit group American Institute for Economic Research (AIER). This will…

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Social Security raises its benefits by 3.6 percent; for neediest seniors it may boost lifeline

The first cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on Social Security checks in two years was announced this week, reports The Washington Post. For lower- and middle-class seniors, Social Security represents a…

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Social Security redistributes benefits from men to women

When looking at Social Security benefits per household, rather than per individual, a new study shows that the wage gap between men and women wipes out a lot…

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Report: Minorities depend more on Social Security

The Washington Post reports that Social Security is a critical safety net for minority Americans. Minorities tend to be poorer and more vulnerable to economic fluctuations than their…

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Utah representative proposes plan to help Social Security

To help keep Social Security solvent, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced a Social Security reform proposal to a House supercommittee on Tuesday. While the plan may be controversial,…

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When to start collecting Social Security is confusing

According to Investment News, deciding when to start taking Social Security is a "strategy unto itself," says James Robinson, a regional director at the Principal Financial Group, Inc.…

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Social Security planning further complicated by spousal benefits and taxes

It's not only when to collect our Social Security that is confusing, but also how to collect spousal benefits and taxes that can complicate Social Security planning, reports…

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Is Social Security a Ponzi scheme?

Social Security could be considered a Ponzi scheme in three major ways, according to GazetteXtra.com. (1) The payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by…

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Social Security: a Ponzi scheme? Part 2

According to the GazetteXtra, the fourth difference between Ponzi and Social Security is a major contrast: (4) If you apply for benefits after age 62 and continue working,…

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If Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, how do we fix it?

Our previous two blogs outline how Social Security may be similar to a Ponzi scheme according to the National Center for Public Policy Research, as noted in the GazetteXtra,…

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Kentucky sisters go to court to get Social Security cards

Two sisters, who live in the tiny enclave of Lily, Kentucky, close to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, will finally get Social Security numbers, according to the…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning 66 in 2012–part 1

In 2012 the oldest baby boomers will turn age 66, an important age for Social Security eligibility, according to US News. Many of the rules for claiming Social…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning age 66 in 2012–part 2

At age 66, baby boomers can claim the full amount of Social Security that they have earned, and the penalty for working while claiming Social Security benefits disappears,…

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Obama Says Social Security Recipients Could See Delay In Payments

January 14, 2013 President Barack Obama announced earlier today that unless a deal can be reached to raise the nation’s current debt ceiling soon, the more than 62…

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Changes Could Mean Reductions In Social Security Disability Benefits

April 10, 2013 With serious budget deficits looming over the federal government, officials are attempting to find areas where spending cuts can be made. Unfortunately for recipients of…

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Who and What Is Covered By Social Security Disability Benefits?

April 29, 2013 When a worker is hurt on the job and is left unable to preform their duties, they can be left with no source of income.…

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2013 Social Security Report Highlights Financial Struggles

June 3, 2013 Last week, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released its report on the financial status of its trust funds. The report highlighted several areas of concern…

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Social Security Administration Renews Two Benefit Matching Programs

July 10, 2013 One of the major issues plaguing the Social Security Administration (SSA) today is ensuring that the right individuals are receiving the proper benefits through several…

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What You Don’t Know About Social Security Benefits Can Affect Your Claim

A portion of most workers’ paychecks go towards their Social Security benefits. But while millions of Americans are paying into this program, very few understand the policies that…

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Your Social Security Disability Income May Be Scrutinized After You’re Approved

You may think that your financial worries are over once you’re approved for Social Security Disability benefits—but your finances may be scrutinized if you’re attempting to purchase a…

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New Contingency Plan Protects Social Security Disability Operations

The Social Security Administration is responsible for handling all processes of the Social Security Disability (SSD) program. These operations are handled by thousands of government employees on a…

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Man believes cutting Social Security isn’t necessary for national deficit

December 16, 2010 An opinion contributer to politico.com believes it was a bad idea for President Obama to negotiate tax cuts to Social Security. It could affect Social…

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Social Security benefits are crucial for women

December 17, 2010 Nearly half of women 65 and older would be living in poverty if they didn’t receive Social Security benefits, according to physorg.com. The number remains at…

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Future retirees may not have access to Social Security benefits

December 29, 2010 According to an opinion article on The Boston Globe, Social Security will run out by 2037. Those 40 and younger will be forced to rely…

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Role of Social Security changes for future retirees

December 30, 2010 The future of Social Security leaves many questions unanswered for future retirees. According to OnWallStreet.com, many people don’t know how much to save to supplement…

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Alabama Man Gets Probation After Spending Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

May 10, 2011 A 58-year-old resident of Prichard, Alabama, received five years probation last week for illegally collecting $33,588 in Social Security monies after his mother died. The…

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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Brother’s Social Security Disability Payments

On Wednesday a Kansas City, Missouri, man plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Prosecutors say the man, aged…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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5 Myths About Social Security

It can be super confusing to navigate the many rules and regulations on which Social Security and Social Security Disability are built. Let the Social Security Disability lawyers…

Read More

Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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5 Ways to Get More From Social Security

A new blog post on the Forbes website divulges the best strategies for gleaning the largest possible amount from the Social Security Administration each month. Financial educator Liz…

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A New Study Asks: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

In anticipation of the number of drivers over 70 tripling in the next 20 years, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently analyzed senior citizens…

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Social Security Beneficiaries’ 2012 Increase May Be Eaten Up by Medicare Premiums

Next year the Social Security Administration will adjust the amounts its beneficiaries receive by an estimated .07 percent to accomodate the rising cost of living, according to the…

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3 Ways Your Social Security Benefits Are Already Being Cut

Though the debate about whether or not to cut Social Security spending is consuming many a politician these days, a new article from The Wall Street Journal points…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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Social Security Advocates Fight Against COLA Cut Proposals

Plenty of Social Security advocates are up in arms over news that the Obama administration is considering switching to a “chained” Consumer Price Index when making cost-of-living adjustments…

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Social Security recipients better off with lawyers than with advocates

Non-lawyers who represent people in Social Security Disability [SSD] are known as ‘Social Security advocates.' Some "have been caught lying about health reports and wound up defrauding the…

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5 Social Security myths that need correcting

Social Security is not the only cause of America's fiscal problems, but it is Exhibit A in why it is so hard to fix them, according to CBS…

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How did Social Security begin?

Ida May Fuller, a resident of rural Vermont, was the first beneficiary of a recurring Social Security payment on January 31, 1940, according to Bloomberg. Her SS number…

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Watch for scams during tax season

Everywhere you look these days, someone has a deal for you that is “too good to be true.” These “scams” can do major damage to your credit score…

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Social Security in the red

Society Security is running almost $50 billion in the red each year, deficits that are being covered by reserves in the General Fund, reports the Kipsap Peninsula Business…

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Getting Married? Better Tell the Social Security Administration

This is a popular time of year for proclamations of love. Such displays of affection can be as simple as a heart with a “be mine” message or…

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An Alternative to Social Security

2010 represented the first year since 1983 that the Social Security trust began paying out more in benefits than it collected in tax revenue, according to the San Francisco…

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Social Security and Medicare Under Fire

Missiles are being pointed at Social Security and Medicare--two federal health benefit programs for older Americans. Some are stealth missiles; some are misguided missiles, reports the Nashua Telegraph.…

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Social Security Disability Benefits Can Take 800 Days to Process

Although a person can save funds for medical insurance, life insurance, and six months to a year of pay in case of an emergency, when an accident or…

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Raise the Age for Collecting Social Security?

According to a Bank of America Corp. survey, about 59 percent of those with more than $250,000 in investments said that the government should increase the eligibility age…

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40,000 People Stole the Same Social Security Number

FDR signed the Social Security Act into law in 1935. It was created as a self-funding program paid through payroll taxes paid by both the employee and his…

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Two odd stories about Social Security

Social Security touches the lives of almost every American family. It not only provides income to retirees but also to workers who become disabled and to families in which…

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First in a series about what candidates offer concerning Social Security

March 7, 2012 Running for president in the Republican primaries of 2012, Mitt Romney proposes actions that will help to preserve Medicare and Social Security, according to an…

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When to collect Social Security?

Because they start taking Social Security before their full retirement age, 72 percent of retirees lock in a lifetime of smaller benefits, according to Reuters. They may be…

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Eight things you might not know about SS

March 12, 2012 Here are eight things that you might not know about the SS program, according to The Sacramento Bee. 1. For every year you postpone Social…

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In retirement, what can you afford to spend on extras?

There is a new taxonomy of aging, reports the Houston Chronicle. Where once turning 65 made you "old," demographers now identify three groups: The "young-old" are those between…

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Opening remarks at the Social Security subcommittee

On March 20, Representative Xavier Becerra (D.--CA)  made a speech on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to a Social Security (SS) subcommittee on ways and means, reports Insurance…

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Social Security Stops Issuing Paper Statements

By suspending the mailing of annual statements to about 150 million Americans, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has created an information vacuum, says the Los Angeles Times. For…

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National ID card could solve SS fraud

The most common form of identification in the United States is a driver’s license, but nonwhites are somewhat less likely than whites to have drivers’ licenses, according to…

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Resources tapped while awaiting SSD benefits

Who would you turn to if a disability or illness kept you from working? A 2012 poll found that friends and family continued to be the leading resource…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 1

Even though Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President who proposed Social Security in 1935, this editorial writer from Ohio’s Columbia Dispatch opines that FDR would not like what Social…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 2

The Great Depression and the stock market crash left many older Americans broke. In a radio broadcast on the third anniversary of the Social Security Act in 1938,…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 3

In 1960, there were five workers per Social Security recipient. Today, there are three workers per recipient, and by 2025, the ratio will approach two workers per recipient.…

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Part 1: 10 ways to prevent identity and Social Security theft

Even though Social Security Administration is going completely electronic, you still need to be careful and know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on the rise. Here are the…

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Part 2–10 things to prevent identity theft

The news is that Social Security benefit deposits are going totally electronic by March 2013, so you need to know that Social Security direct deposit theft is on…

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Part 1: 4 steps to handling personal finances when a disability occurs

Planning for a life-altering disability isn't always at the top of the priority list. But, when you're diagnosed with a disabling condition, you just might need a plan.…

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More people collect Social Security early

May 7, 2012 For the first time in history, Social Security had to pay out more in benefits than it took in for payroll taxes, reports Fox Business.…

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Obama says Social Security just needs a ‘tweak’

In a recent interview with the American Association of Retired People (AARP), President Obama discussed unemployment, gas prices, tax cuts, and Social Security.  He said that it will…

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SSDI can help save you financially

The Social Security Administration reports that just over one in four of today's 20-year-olds will become disabled before age 67, according to the South Bend Tribune. In fact,…

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Perennial questions about Social Security

June 6, 2012 Should you apply for Social Security? If you have never worked, do you get Social Security? These are two perennial questions that pop up concerning…

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Making Social Security gender neutral

Elderly women receive far fewer Social Security benefits than men, according to Huff Post. In the late 1930s, Social Security was designed by a committee that used the beliefs…

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The difference between SSDI and SSI

Despite the similar acronyms, SSI and SSDI are quite different, according to AARP.org. Dating back to 1960, SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. It’s an earned benefit that…

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Children: identity thieves’ new targets

Children are being targeted by identity thieves 35 times more often than adults, reports Fox Business. Fifteen percent of the victims are under the age of five. A Social…

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Social Security Disability claims increase

By the end of 2013, the Social Security Administration expects Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims to reach 1.1 million, according to timesunion.com. SSDI provides monthly benefits to…

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SSA helps two mentally disabled men

In a groundbreaking decision Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide training and assistance to two mentally disabled men, reports…

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SSDI and SSI may be available for wounded service members

All service members who became disabled on active duty after October 1, 2001, are possibly eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)…

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Correcting a possible Social Security mistake

June 27, 2012 Financial experts say you should draw Social Security benefits as late as possible, but about 75 percent of Americans start drawing their benefits at the…

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SSDI benefits for severe depression

Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that can be profoundly disabling. For that reason, many people with severe depression may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits…

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Social Security: not the young against old

July 9, 2012 Some young people believe Social Security benefits will be gone by the time they are of age to use the program. However, others believe this…

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Disabled people’s unemployment rate reaches three-year low, SSDI applications stabilize

July 16, 2012 During the second quarter of 2012, the unemployment rate among people with disabilities dropped to its lowest in more than three years while applications for…

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Increase in SSDI benefits criticized by some

August 15, 2012 Attacks against Social Security Disability Insurance have been on the rise lately, according to Newsday. Among other things, some critics say that SSDI applications have increased…

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Protecting your Social Security number

August 20, 2012 Your Social Security number (SSN) is tied to your identity and should be kept private, but it’s becoming more and more frequent to include it…

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Reasons to collect Social Security as soon as you can

August 27, 2012 Most articles from financial experts will tell you to delay collecting Social Security as long as you can--to wait until your full retirement age or…

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Why collecting Social Security early may be wise choice

August 29, 2012 To continue the discussion of why Huffington Post says that it may be smart for you to take Social Security as soon as possible, let’s review…

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Answers to common Social Security Questions and Concerns

August 31, 2012 Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits will continue as long as the person's medical condition does not improve and as long as she remains unable to…

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12 tips to prevent identity theft

September 12, 2012 To keep someone from stealing your identity, some simple precautions and these twelve steps may be able to help you, according to ehow.com. (1) Protect your…

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3 Social Security ‘gotchas’ to avoid

The Social Security Handbook has 2,728 rules and countless interpretations—which can sometimes lead to contradictions in the system, reports Forbes. For example: (1) If you take your retirement…

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Three more Social Security ‘catch 22s’ to watch out for

According to Forbes, over the decades the rules governing Social Security benefits have become increasingly complex and confusing—even to the people working at local Social Security offices. For…

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4 more Social Security tips to be aware of

The rules for obtaining Social Security benefits—and the types of benefits you can receive—are confusing, according to Forbes. For example: 7. If you divorce after 10 years or more…

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Reasons to delay collecting Social Security benefits

Collecting Social Security at 62 when it pays your full benefit at 65-67—depending on the year you were born—may not be financially wise, according to the Rapid City Journal.…

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8 Social Security myths busted

According to The Christian Science Monitor, some of the most common myths about Social Security include the following: 1. Social security funds are running out, so I should collect…

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Social Security myths continued

Given our national retirement program’s handbook of 2,728 rules and countless interpretations, few of us are likely to thoroughly understand Social Security, according to The Christian Science Monitor.…

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70 Percent of SSDI claims denied

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult due to how long a claim can take and the high chance of being denied, according to DisabilitySecrets.com. Statistically,…

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New Jersey man indicted for selling fake Social Security cards

Apparently for some people in search of a legal U.S. identity, all that is needed is a birth date, name of their choosing, a photo, and cash. On…

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Ways to make sure your COLA goes further

According to stltoday.com , there are some practical ways to help make sure that the small 2013 cost of living (COLA) increase can go further for you. 1. Review healthcare…

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Can you collect SSDI and Medicaid at the same time?

November 12, 2012 According to the Cypress Creek Mirror, a 58-year-old woman was diagnosed with stage IIIA metastatic breast cancer. She was unemployed at the time. A breast/ovarian cancer…

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Undo your decision to draw Social Security early

If you file for Social Security at age 62, you earn only 75 percent of what you would get by filing at the full retirement age of 66.…

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How to “undo” early Social Security payments

Early Social Security payments may be reduced, but not necessarily forever. There are little-known exceptions to what most people think of as a permanent, lifetime reduction, according to Money Watch.…

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A final way to “undo” early Social Security withdrawal

If you retired earlier than 66 and draw less than 100 percent in Social Security benefits, there are three ways to "undo" your decision, according to Market Watch.…

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5 ways to fix the Social Security problem

Market Watch says that there are five principles that Congress should keep in mind when it comes to fixing Social Security: 1. Because retirements are at risk, Congress…

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More ways to fix the Social Security conundrum

Adding to the three principles outlined in Friday’s blog, Market Watch also wants Congress to keep in mind two more considerations when it comes to tackling Social Security solvency:…

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Certain Medical Conditions Automatically Qualify You for SSDI

There are a number of impairments—both physical and mental—that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), according to…

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Wonder if your condition is not in the SSA Blue Book?

As mentioned in our last blog, there are a number of impairments that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI), according to DisabilitySecrets.com. The…

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Data Shows Record Number Of Social Security Disability Recipients In 2012

January 4, 2012 The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that in 2012, the number of individuals who receive Social Security Disability Benefits hit an all-time high. According to…

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Social Security Disability Benefits

February 20, 2013 For the millions of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits, the money they receive is supposed to be enough to cover basic living expenses. Yet,…

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Will The Sequester Affect Social Security Disability Benefit Claims?

March 20,2013 With thousands of federal employees facing the requirement of taking furloughed time off due to sequestration, many feel this action may do nothing but harm people.…

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Report Shows $7.9 Billion In Fraudulent Social Security Payments

May 3, 2013 While Social Security assists millions of Americans with their income, new data is showing the system is plagued with fraudulent and improper payments. Experts believe…

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What Affects People’s Ability To Collect Social Security Disability Benefits?

July 29, 2013 While Social Security Disability Benefits can be a lifeline for many who are unable to work due to a mental or physical condition, a majority of…

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Social Security Benefits A Lifeline For Millions Of Americans

August 30, 2013 While much of the recent media attention surrounding Social Security Benefits has focused on cases of fraud and dwindling program funding, it is important to…

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Obama Says Social Security Payments Could Be Affected If Debt Ceiling Is Not Raised

October 4, 2013 A total of 57 million United States citizens currently receive some sort of benefit from the federal government through the Social Security Administration. With the…

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What Social Security Benefits Are Available for Same-Sex Couples?

Most Americans pay into the Social Security program throughout their entire working careers, but what happens to a person’s benefits if they pass away unexpectedly? The attorneys with…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Claims For Mental Health Disorders

March 27, 2013 One of the leading types of conditions that have led to workers seeking Social Security Disability Benefits in recent years involve mental health. Eligibility standards changed…

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Few Low-Income Children With Mental Disorders Get Supplemental Security Income

There's good and bad news when it comes to low-income children with mental disorders in the U.S. getting the benefits they need. The bad news is many of…

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Miscalculations Can Result In Substantial Cuts To Social Security Disability Benefits

February 4, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently discovered that it had overpaid thousands of Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income recipients billions of dollars in recent…

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How common are mistakes by the Social Security Administration?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is failing to process claims in a timely manner, and the situation has reached crisis levels. The Office of the Inspector General for…

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How common are mistakes by the Social Security Administration?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is failing to process claims in a timely manner, and the situation has reached crisis levels. The Office of the Inspector General for…

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Mitt Romney: ‘Social Security Is Our Country’s Safety Net’

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has authored an op-ed for Fox News called “The Future of Social Security.” Published yesterday,…

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8 Social Security myths busted

According to The Christian Science Monitor, some of the most common myths about Social Security include the following: 1. Social security funds are running out, so I should collect…

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Social Security myths continued

Given our national retirement program’s handbook of 2,728 rules and countless interpretations, few of us are likely to thoroughly understand Social Security, according to The Christian Science Monitor.…

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Social Security Attorneys Explain Common Program Misconceptions

April 17, 2013 The laws surrounding how Social Security Benefits are distributed are quite complex. These complexities can often lead to citizens becoming confused about the regulations of…

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5 Social Security myths that need correcting

Social Security is not the only cause of America's fiscal problems, but it is Exhibit A in why it is so hard to fix them, according to CBS…

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Obama Makes His Case for Changes to Social Security

At a bus tour stop in Minnesota on Monday, August 15, President Obama addressed the debate over Social Security and his desire to make changes to the program.…

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What’s in a Social Security Number?

Every working United States citizen is entitled to collect credits toward Social Security Disability and retirement benefits. The Social Security Disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin…

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Obama Makes His Case for Changes to Social Security

At a bus tour stop in Minnesota on Monday, August 15, President Obama addressed the debate over Social Security and his desire to make changes to the program.…

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Government Accountability Office Works To Reduce Social Security Overpayments

January 25, 2013 The Social Security Administration offers assistance to retired or disabled citizens and their dependents through a system of benefits aimed at covering living expenses called…

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Social Security Stops Issuing Paper Statements

By suspending the mailing of annual statements to about 150 million Americans, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has created an information vacuum, says the Los Angeles Times. For…

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A Closer Look at the 2016 Social Security COLA

Social Security Disability benefits are a crucial part of millions of American’s incomes. Each year, benefits amounts are examined to ensure they are in line with the cost…

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New Polls Show How Rick Perry’s Social Security Stance Sits with Voters

Texas Governor Rick Perry called the Social Security program a “Ponzi scheme” that was doomed for failure in his 2010 book Fed Up! It’s a denouncement that many…

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Is Social Security a Ponzi scheme?

Social Security could be considered a Ponzi scheme in three major ways, according to GazetteXtra.com. (1) The payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by…

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How to Live off Social Security Disability Benefits

Our lives can change in the blink of an eye. An accident or illness that leaves you permanently disabled could prevent you from working or collecting a paycheck,…

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Ticket to Work Program Offers Financial Freedom to Disabled Americans

March 31, 2014 When a person is unable to work due to a mental or physical condition, Social Security Disability benefits can offer financial assistance to the claimant.…

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Social Security redistributes benefits from men to women

When looking at Social Security benefits per household, rather than per individual, a new study shows that the wage gap between men and women wipes out a lot…

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Report: Minorities depend more on Social Security

The Washington Post reports that Social Security is a critical safety net for minority Americans. Minorities tend to be poorer and more vulnerable to economic fluctuations than their…

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Utah representative proposes plan to help Social Security

To help keep Social Security solvent, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced a Social Security reform proposal to a House supercommittee on Tuesday. While the plan may be controversial,…

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When to start collecting Social Security is confusing

According to Investment News, deciding when to start taking Social Security is a "strategy unto itself," says James Robinson, a regional director at the Principal Financial Group, Inc.…

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Social Security planning further complicated by spousal benefits and taxes

It's not only when to collect our Social Security that is confusing, but also how to collect spousal benefits and taxes that can complicate Social Security planning, reports…

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Is Social Security a Ponzi scheme?

Social Security could be considered a Ponzi scheme in three major ways, according to GazetteXtra.com. (1) The payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by…

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Social Security: a Ponzi scheme? Part 2

According to the GazetteXtra, the fourth difference between Ponzi and Social Security is a major contrast: (4) If you apply for benefits after age 62 and continue working,…

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If Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, how do we fix it?

Our previous two blogs outline how Social Security may be similar to a Ponzi scheme according to the National Center for Public Policy Research, as noted in the GazetteXtra,…

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Kentucky sisters go to court to get Social Security cards

Two sisters, who live in the tiny enclave of Lily, Kentucky, close to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, will finally get Social Security numbers, according to the…

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Governor defends son’s Social Security benefits

Arizona’s governor says that she is troubled that her adult son’s mental illness is again in the news, reports The Republic. She had recently been told by her…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning 66 in 2012–part 1

In 2012 the oldest baby boomers will turn age 66, an important age for Social Security eligibility, according to US News. Many of the rules for claiming Social…

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6 tips for baby boomers turning age 66 in 2012–part 2

At age 66, baby boomers can claim the full amount of Social Security that they have earned, and the penalty for working while claiming Social Security benefits disappears,…

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When Should You Start Collecting Social Security?

People generally have lots of questions about Social Security, but one of the most pressing regards when to start collecting it. In a new article, the San Francisco…

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New Polls Show How Rick Perry’s Social Security Stance Sits with Voters

Texas Governor Rick Perry called the Social Security program a “Ponzi scheme” that was doomed for failure in his 2010 book Fed Up! It’s a denouncement that many…

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Mitt Romney: ‘Social Security Is Our Country’s Safety Net’

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has authored an op-ed for Fox News called “The Future of Social Security.” Published yesterday,…

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Alabama Man Gets Probation After Spending Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

May 10, 2011 A 58-year-old resident of Prichard, Alabama, received five years probation last week for illegally collecting $33,588 in Social Security monies after his mother died. The…

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Watch for scams during tax season

Everywhere you look these days, someone has a deal for you that is “too good to be true.” These “scams” can do major damage to your credit score…

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Effects of Marriage and Divorce On Social Security Disability Claims

October 23, 2013 When applying for Social Security Disability Benefits, there are numerous factors that will come into play when determining the amount of compensation the claimant will…

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What Social Security Benefits Are Available for Same-Sex Couples?

Most Americans pay into the Social Security program throughout their entire working careers, but what happens to a person’s benefits if they pass away unexpectedly? The attorneys with…

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Social Security Statement Mailings Begin in September

Despite moving to a paperless system two years ago, the Social Security Administration recently announced it would begin mailing paper Social Security statements to workers in September. Officials…

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Man believes cutting Social Security isn’t necessary for national deficit

December 16, 2010 An opinion contributer to politico.com believes it was a bad idea for President Obama to negotiate tax cuts to Social Security. It could affect Social…

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Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

With tax day approaching on April 15, many American citizens are scrambling to prepare their tax documents for filing. But the millions who receive Social Security Disability Benefits…

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Changes Proposed To The Way Social Security Collects and Dispenses Funds

When U.S. citizens are no longer able to work, many depend on Social Security Disability benefits for income. The problem is a lack of funding is causing a…

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Would FDR approve of today’s Social Security system? Part 2

The Great Depression and the stock market crash left many older Americans broke. In a radio broadcast on the third anniversary of the Social Security Act in 1938,…

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Are Social Security Disability Benefits Available For Soldiers And Veterans?

May 17, 2013 Each day in the United States, soldiers return home from service overseas with injuries and conditions that leave them unable to work. This raises numerous…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Speech Disorders

Speech disorders affect roughly 7.5 million United States citizens. Many of those with speech disorder disabilities may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but it’s important to understand…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Back and Spinal Cord Injury

Back and spine injuries affect a large number of Americans each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate there are currently more than 200,000…

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How to Get Social Security Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

An article published today on CBSMoneyWatch.com addresses how to access additional Social Security monies based on the earnings of an ex-husband or ex-wife. CBS financial blogger Steve Vernon…

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Can a Medical Condition Automatically Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Millions of Americans suffer from medical conditions that leave them unable to work. Many qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but the application process can be take time—some…

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Electronic Access to SSA-1099 Tax Forms for Social Security Disability Benefits Recipients

It’s tax season again and even recipients of Social Security Disability benefits have to account for all of the income their household brought in over the past year—including…

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Why Do You Need an RFC?

[vzaar id="8724913"] RFC stands for "Residual Functional Capacity" and is a type of test used to determine what kind of work an individual is or isn't capable of doing…

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Data Shows Record Number Of Social Security Disability Recipients In 2012

January 4, 2012 The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that in 2012, the number of individuals who receive Social Security Disability Benefits hit an all-time high. According to…

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What Is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

April 5, 2013 For millions of Americans who struggle to make ends meet each year, the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income program is a vital source of…

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5 Myths About Social Security

It can be super confusing to navigate the many rules and regulations on which Social Security and Social Security Disability are built. Let the Social Security Disability lawyers…

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Social Security Administration Beginning More Use Of Electronic Systems

January 11, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced several changes that will be implemented this year which are aimed at improving the efficiency and ease of…

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Obama Says Social Security Recipients Could See Delay In Payments

January 14, 2013 President Barack Obama announced earlier today that unless a deal can be reached to raise the nation’s current debt ceiling soon, the more than 62…

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Changes Considered For Inflation Measures In Social Security Payments

January 16, 2013 With the government attempting to rescue the nation from falling over the fiscal cliff, legislators have begun to consider making changes to the way inflation…

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2013 Brings Changes To Social Security System And Payments

January 21, 2013 The New Year has brought several significant changes to not only the way Social Security Disability benefits are being paid, but how much each recipient is…

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Social Security Myths Debunked

January 23, 2013 An article by the Marshfield News Herald took a look at several myths surrounding Social Security benefits in the United States. The first myth that was…

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Government Accountability Office Works To Reduce Social Security Overpayments

January 25, 2013 The Social Security Administration offers assistance to retired or disabled citizens and their dependents through a system of benefits aimed at covering living expenses called…

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Decline In Baby Boomers Health Could Lead To Inflated Benefit Costs

February 8, 2013 A new report from JAMA Internal Medicine shows that the baby boomer generation, once thought to be the healthiest age demographic in the nation, may not…

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Difference Between Social Security Disability Benefits And Supplemental Security Income

February 13, 2013 One of the most common questions a person who has become disabled and is applying for Social Security Disability Benefits may have is, “What is the…

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Government Accountability Office Reports Overpayments In Supplemental Security Income Cases

February 18, 2013 The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report that found while the Social Security Administration (SSA) has taken steps to reduce the number…

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Social Security Administration Announces Upgrades To Online Benefit Management

March 11, 2013 The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced it has launched several new services to beneficiaries through its online account management services. According to a press release from…

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How To Maximize A Disabled Child’s Benefits

March 18, 2013 Children who are disabled could potentially face a lifetime of needing government assistance for financial support. The North Dallas Gazette explained some of the basic pitfalls…

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Number Of Social Security Disability Claims Continues To Rise

March 22, 2013 Despite efforts being made by the federal government to keep workers on-the job, the number of Social Security Disability recipients has continued to rise to more…

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What Is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

April 5, 2013 For millions of Americans who struggle to make ends meet each year, the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income program is a vital source of…

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Report Shows $7.9 Billion In Fraudulent Social Security Payments

May 3, 2013 While Social Security assists millions of Americans with their income, new data is showing the system is plagued with fraudulent and improper payments. Experts believe…

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What Programs Are Available To Those Who Are Unable To Work?

May 20, 2013 Suffering from a condition or injury that leaves a person unable to work for an extended period of time can be difficult. The focus on…

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Social Security Administration Renews Two Benefit Matching Programs

July 10, 2013 One of the major issues plaguing the Social Security Administration (SSA) today is ensuring that the right individuals are receiving the proper benefits through several…

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Social Security Administration Employee Charged In Connection To Illegal “Processing Fee”

September 27, 2013 For those who do not have enough resources for income to support themselves and their families, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be available as a…

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Does Blindness or Vision Impairment Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

October 21, 2013 There are many conditions that can qualify an individual for Social Security Disability Benefits, but one of the most common is blindness or visual impairment.…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss the Complexities of Supplemental Security Income

November 6, 2013 There are millions of American children who are disabled and living below the poverty line. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos &…

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Can U.S. Immigrants Receive Supplemental Security Income?

December 6, 2013 The federal government offers assistance to citizens who are permanently disabled through programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, a common question is whether…

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Some Social Security Disability Recipients Continue To Struggle Financially

December 18, 2013 Individuals who are left unable to work due to a mental or physical condition may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. However, the…

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Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Supplemental Security Income

January 3, 2014 There are millions of Americans who cannot work because they are inhibited by a physical or mental condition. While a majority of these individuals may…

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What Is Being Done To Increase Income For The Disabled?

January 13, 2014 Many disabled individuals depend on Social Security Disability benefits as their main source of income. However, inflation in the costs of living can often make…

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Study Shows Benefit Payouts Increase, But Fewer Receive Assistance

New figures from Johns Hopkins University are showing the U.S. is spending more than ever before on benefits programs like Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income; however,…

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Same-Sex Couples May Now Qualify for Supplemental Security Income

Proving to Social Security Administration that you’re in need of assistance through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a difficult process, but it can be even more frustrating…

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If I Get Supplemental Security Income, What Other Benefits Are Available?

Suffering from an injury or medical condition that leaves you unable to work can put serious financial strains on your family. Even if you qualify for Social Security…

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“I’m In To Hire” Creates Jobs For Those With An Intellectual Disability

Life With An Intellectual Disability Living with an intellectual disability can be a struggle due to an inability to learn or meet established criteria for advancement in a…

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Common Mistakes Made by Social Security Disability Applicants

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security Disability benefits as their main resource for income, yet a large number of claimants leave a portion of their benefits on…

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Can My Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Benefits Be Taxed?

It’s tax season once again and for many Americans, the process of determining what you owe or should get back can be quite complicated. This is especially true…

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How Supplemental Security Income Can Help if Your Loved One Is Disabled

There are millions of Americans who are unable to work because of a disabling condition they suffer from, but not all of those individuals are work-age adults who…

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Childhood Cancer Increases Chance of Receiving SSD Benefits Later in Life

Research from the American Cancer Society shows that 1 in 285 U.S. citizens will be diagnosed with a form of cancer before age 20. While the survival rate for…

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How The SCOTUS Ruling Will Impact Social Security and Supplemental Security Income

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States reached a historic decision to legalize same-sex marriages. This monumental ruling will impact many different government programs and services.…

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Bill Helps Prevent Criminals from Receiving Supplemental Security Income or Disability Benefits

The law states that anyone who is fleeing to avoid prosecution of a felony is ineligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income; however, loopholes…

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Resources Available to Those With Childhood Cancer

September has been declared “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in an effort to raise awareness about the struggles thousands of American youths face on a daily basis as they…

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Few Low-Income Children With Mental Disorders Get Supplemental Security Income

There's good and bad news when it comes to low-income children with mental disorders in the U.S. getting the benefits they need. The bad news is many of…

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Are Social Security Disability Benefits Available For Children?

When we think of Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income, we imagine the programs are typically used for older adults who are unable to continue working…

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Social Security Overpaid $6.5 Billion in 2009

On Tuesday a government investigator told Congress that the Social Security Administration made $8 billion in improper payments in 2009—overpaying $6.5 billion and underpaying $1.5 billion to benefit…

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What Qualifies An Individual For Supplemental Security Income?

June 28, 2013 Millions of Americans each year are left unable to work due to a mental or physical condition. This often leaves them reliant on assistance programs,…

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Several States Developing Programs For Getting Kids Off Supplemental Security Income

November 18, 2013 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program designed to offer assistance to those who are unable to work due to a physical or mental condition…

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Woman’s Supplemental Security Income Benefits Affected By Loss of Home

November 27, 2013 There are currently more than 4.7 million Americans who depend on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as their main resource for money. In order to receive…

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What Benefits Are Disabled Children Eligible For?

July 31, 2013 For many Americans, a mental or physical condition leaves them unable to work and with limited resources for income. A large number of these individuals…

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What Qualifies An Individual For Supplemental Security Income?

June 28, 2013 Millions of Americans each year are left unable to work due to a mental or physical condition. This often leaves them reliant on assistance programs,…

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Supplemental Security Income Can Offer The Disabled Another Income Resource

July 26, 2013 For many who are unable to work due to a long-lasting mental or physical condition, benefits from the federal government, such as Social Security Disability,…

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Social Security Overpaid $6.5 Billion in 2009

On Tuesday a government investigator told Congress that the Social Security Administration made $8 billion in improper payments in 2009—overpaying $6.5 billion and underpaying $1.5 billion to benefit…

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What Qualifies An Individual For Supplemental Security Income?

June 28, 2013 Millions of Americans each year are left unable to work due to a mental or physical condition. This often leaves them reliant on assistance programs,…

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Supplemental Security Income Can Offer The Disabled Another Income Resource

July 26, 2013 For many who are unable to work due to a long-lasting mental or physical condition, benefits from the federal government, such as Social Security Disability,…

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What Benefits Are Disabled Children Eligible For?

July 31, 2013 For many Americans, a mental or physical condition leaves them unable to work and with limited resources for income. A large number of these individuals…

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SSA Highlights Need For Supplemental Security Income Recipients To Report Wages

October 2, 2013 For those who do not have enough resources for income to support themselves and their families due to a disability, the government provides several options…

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Several States Developing Programs For Getting Kids Off Supplemental Security Income

November 18, 2013 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program designed to offer assistance to those who are unable to work due to a physical or mental condition…

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Woman’s Supplemental Security Income Benefits Affected By Loss of Home

November 27, 2013 There are currently more than 4.7 million Americans who depend on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as their main resource for money. In order to receive…

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Same-Sex Couples May Now Qualify for Supplemental Security Income

Proving to Social Security Administration that you’re in need of assistance through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a difficult process, but it can be even more frustrating…

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Can U.S. Immigrants Receive Supplemental Security Income?

December 6, 2013 The federal government offers assistance to citizens who are permanently disabled through programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, a common question is whether…

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What Social Security Benefits Are Available for Same-Sex Couples?

Most Americans pay into the Social Security program throughout their entire working careers, but what happens to a person’s benefits if they pass away unexpectedly? The attorneys with…

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Social Security Common Conditions: Parkinson’s Disease

Data indicates that as many as 1 million Americans suffer from the degenerative neurological condition known as Parkinson’s Disease. Yet many citizens do not know the symptoms of the…

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When SSD and Long Term Disability Can Benefit You Financially

An accident or illness that leaves you unable to work can happen at any time. Yet, many people are unprepared for such an event and have not created…

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Changes to Social Security Disability Benefits Withdrawal Policy

Federal lawmakers have the ability to change the regulations that govern the policies and procedures of the Social Security Disability benefits program and one such reform that was…

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Nearly 2 million people waiting on Social Security Disability claim

Are you one of the nearly 2 million Americans waiting to find out if you will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits? The commissioner of Social Security, Michale…

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Indiana Social Security Disability process improved

September 24, 2009 The Herald Bulletin reports that the Indiana Social Security Disability process is improved due to new technologies. The Social Security Administration became the first federal…

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Social Security Disability backlog

January 14, 2010 The Washington Times reports a major backlog within the federal Social Security Disability system. With the highest rate of unemployment in 25 years, applicants are…

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What if your SSDI claim is denied?

February 4, 2010 According to the Social Security Administration's Web site, there is a process you can follow if your application for Social Security Disability Insurance has been…

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Social Security to fast track Disability payments

February 18, 2010 The Wall Street Journal reports that the Social Security Administration is planning an expansion of the fast track system, which will allow some people to…

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The Social Security Disability Insurance process

February 25, 2010 The Social Security Disability Insurance program is not a needs-based program. Allocations for Social Security Disability are based on how much you have paid into…

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Social Security requests feedback about Disability requirements

March 18, 2010 An insurance Web site CCH.com reveals that the Social Security Administration is requesting comments from citizens regarding their Social Security Disability Insurance program. They are…

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Children can be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits

Do you have a child with a disability that severely limits their activities? You may not know this, but your child may be eligible for social Security Disability benefits.…

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Get the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve

If you have a disability, you may able to get benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance system. The law states benefits are based on your inability to work.…

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Social Security Disability Program needs a fix, and needs it now

The U.S. News & World Report says the federal Social Security Disability program is in desperate need of some repairs, and those need to happen sooner rather than…

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Cost of living expenses not based on Social Security beneficiaries

November 18, 2010 If you’re the beneficiary of Social Security benefits, you’re probably not happy that there won’t be an increase in Social Security benefits, according to a…

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5 Ways to Get More From Social Security

A new blog post on the Forbes website divulges the best strategies for gleaning the largest possible amount from the Social Security Administration each month. Financial educator Liz…

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Report: Senior Citizens Have Lost 32 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000

A new report from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) analyzes the crooked correlation between cost-of-living for senior citizens and the yearly adjustments made by The Social Security Administration…

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Ticket To Work Program Focuses On Social Security Disability Beneficiaries

June 19, 2013 With the number of citizens filing Social Security Disability Claims skyrocketing and funding for such programs slowly beginning to run out, it is vital that solutions…

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Ticket to Work Program Offers Financial Freedom to Disabled Americans

March 31, 2014 When a person is unable to work due to a mental or physical condition, Social Security Disability benefits can offer financial assistance to the claimant.…

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Disabled Americans and the Ticket to Work Program

The goal of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability benefits program isn’t just support Americans who can’t work, but to also to help disabled people return to work.…

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Working While Getting SSD Benefits Made Easy

One of the qualifications for receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is that your condition must last longer than a year. Just because you’ve been sick or injured…

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How Will Work Affect Your Social Security Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration is offering free Work Incentive Events (WISE) across the country on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15 for those who are interested in…

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New Social Security Trustees Report Forecasts Sooner-Than-Expected Shortfalls

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their annual report on the status of the two largest federal programs. The 2011 Trustees Report warns…

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The Results of Your Disability Appeal May Depend on the Judge

The Social Security Administration is beginning to look more closely at the approval rate discrepancy amongst its administrative law judges (ALJs), reports USA Today. Whereas a judge’s numbers…

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Can Veterans Collect Social Security Disability Benefits?

Those who have served in the military have sacrificed for our nations freedom, so it comes as no surprise that the federal government provides these individuals with several…

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Social Security Benefit Evaluation Tool Now Available To Veterans

November 11, 2013 For soldiers who are unable to work due to a disability caused by their military service, making ends meet on the benefits they receive from…

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Are Social Security Disability Benefits Available For Soldiers And Veterans?

May 17, 2013 Each day in the United States, soldiers return home from service overseas with injuries and conditions that leave them unable to work. This raises numerous…

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How Effective Will New Veterans’ Social Security Disability Policies Be?

Veterans who aren’t able to work because of injuries or illnesses suffered in the line of duty may be entitled to a number of federal benefits, including veterans’…

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Changes to the Social Security System Are Underway

An aging population of workers combined with a reduction in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) workforce has taken it’s toll on both funding and the agency's ability to…

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