Getting Social Security Disability

4 Financial Resources Available to Disabled Workers

by Staff | August 6th, 2014

Each day, thousands of Americans suffer injuries or are diagnosed with health conditions that prevent them from returning to work. This can cause financial struggles, and the Social Security Disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to tell you about a few options that may be available to help with the mounting costs of disabilities:

  1. Longer-Term Disability- Many health insurance policies provided by employers allow for a long-term disability plan. These benefits can provide as much as 70 percent of an employee’s typical pay for a period of up to several months.
  2. Social Security Disability (SSD)- If you are unable to work for longer than one year, benefits provided through the Social Security Administration (SSA) may be your best option. SSD benefits are provided to disabled workers who meet the requirements of the program until they are able to return to their jobs.
  3. Supplemental Security Income- Another resource for income is available through the SSA. Supplemental Security Income is often provided to Americans who are blind, elderly, or disabled.
  4. Temporary Assistance For Needy Families– This grant program is provided through The Office of Family Assistance and can provide cash payments to help with daily expenses, such as food, clothing, and transportation.

The processes to receive funds from these programs can be complex. If you have any questions about how to get the benefits you deserve, feel free to call us at (800) 477-7315 and we’ll be happy to help.

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

by Staff | August 4th, 2014

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

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

    1. Improve Transparency- The SSA would like to expand presence on the web, provide better data for research, better utilize social media, and provide workers with better tools to do their job.
    2. Expand Participation- Officials aim to improve the public’s ability to get information from and access to the agency.
    3. Increase Collaboration- The agency would like to have more interaction and a better ability to share information with other organizations.
    4. Internalize Open Government Principles- Employees of the SSA can expect to give more feedback and see more efforts to supply the materials they need.

      The agency plans to reach these objectives by increasing the functionality of the My Social Security network and reforming internal policies and procedures. Some of those changes include better data analysis and reporting of metrics, as well as developing sustainability with automation. Officials are hopeful these improvements will result in more disabled Americans getting Social Security Disability benefits.

      If you need help applying for benefits, contact the Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin today. We’re here to assist you with your claim—even if you’ve been denied by the SSA in the past.