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4 Levels of Disability Appeals: Reconsideration, Hearing, Council, Court

Posted by Scott Flexer

In certain circumstances, applications for social security disability and SSI claims can be denied by the SSA. The applicant, however, has the right to appeal this decision. The disability appeals process has 4 different stages: reconsideration, hearing,  Appeals council and court. Each of these stages is explained in more detail below.

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Topics: disability appeal, reconsideration, hearing, council, court

Can I Receive Disability Benefits for Ulcerative Colitis?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Ulcerative colitis is a type of chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine. It causes ulcers and inflammation in the lining of the intestine, leading to thickening and scarring to the point where excess fluid cannot be properly retained. Symptoms of the disease include anemia, abdominal cramping that come and go, and, in some cases, diarrhea, weight loss, and fatigue, among others.

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, disability eligibility, Social Security Disability Income, Family Disability Benefits, Disability Medical Requirements, Ulcerative Colitis

How Much do You Really Know About the SSI Program?

Posted by Scott Flexer

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a program run by the Social Security Administration that offers benefits to people with limited financial resources, people living with disabilities, people unable to work due to medical conditions, and disabled or blind children of people with limited resources.

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Topics: qualify for SSI, SSI program

Prepare for Your Disability Interview with These 6 Questions

Posted by Scott Flexer

Facing disability is always a very stressful time in someone’s life. According to the SSA, the risks of becoming disabled are increasing steadily, with about 1 in 4 of today’s 20-year olds likely to become disabled by age 67. It is, therefore, crucial for you to understand the process of applying for disability benefits, as well as to be in a position to obtain the best assistance that you can get if you become disabled.

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Topics: Disability Application

Collecting Social Security Benefits and Unemployment Benefits

Posted by Scott Flexer

Persons who are temporarily out of work due to circumstances beyond their control can apply for unemployment benefits. Eligibility for unemployment benefits is determined by several factors, which include prior earnings, difficulty or inability to get new work and your availability. Specifics on these requirements may vary from state to state, but the general common circumstances under which you may be eligible for unemployment benefits are covered below.

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Topics: unemployment, Apply for Disability in Florida, Facts About Social Security Benefits

How Will a Government Hiring Freeze Affect My Disability Case/Appeal?

Posted by Scott Flexer

If you’ve been following the news stories over the last few months, then you may have some concerns about what will happen to Social Security in the near future. With the current administration proposing to make changes to Medicaid funding and looking to cut Federal operating budgets, staffing cuts seem likely.

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Topics: SSDI, Disability Application, Social Security Disability Insurance

How Retirement Affects Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted by Scott Flexer

Did you know that last year over 65,000 people over the age of 65 were eligible for their Social Security benefits? When the time comes to hang your work boots and call it quits, it is only normal to want to know if you will be taken care of. According to statistics, many people from their early 50s tend to develop health complications that force them to surrender to retirement early.

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Topics: disability, retirement benefits, retirement

Will the Social Security System Run Out of Money Soon?

Posted by David Budlin

Every now and again, you might hear a news story or a politician talking about the Social Security program and how it’s going to run out of money soon. Sometimes, pundits will make the claim that Social Security is draining resources from the government (which is patently untrue—Social Security is funded by a payroll deduction that’s completely separate from your income taxes).

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Topics: social security, social security benefits, Social Security funding

Can I Qualify for Disability with Agoraphobia?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Agoraphobia can be, at its worst, a debilitating problem. Being unable to be outside of your home because your mind assails you with panic at the very thought can make it difficult to do just about anything. Worse yet, those who don't suffer from it often have a hard time understanding how it impacts you and your life.

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Topics: SSI, SSA Eligibility, Qualify for Disability with Agoraphobia

Everything You Need to Know to File a Disability Claim for SSI or SSDI

Posted by Scott Flexer

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs help millions of Americans every year. These programs give people who suffer from disabling long-term conditions much-needed financial support.

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Topics: SSDI, SSI, social security, Disability Application, Apply for Disability in Florida

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