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Filing For Disability Benefits Without Strong Work History

Posted by Scott Flexer

Most of us understand that Social Security retirement benefits are not based on your needs—they’re based on how much income you earned during your working life. The Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps a record of these earnings and pays benefits based on the average amount earned over your lifetime, provided a minimum number of work hours have been accumulated. Basically, you’re paying into the system throughout your working life to reap the rewards upon retirement. But how does this work when filing for disability? Are the rules and regulations the same?

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Topics: disability benefits programs

Does Vertigo Qualify for Social Security Disability?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Many people’s familiarity with vertigo begins and ends with the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock classic of the same name. Because the film Vertigo featured a character whose condition was triggered by heights, they incorrectly assume vertigo is the fear of heights (which is acrophobia) or even the fear of falling (which is basophobia).

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Topics: disability benefits programs, File Disability Benefits

Understanding the important role of FICA in Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted by Scott Flexer

FICA stands for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. Simply put, it is a tax provision that funds the Social Security Disability program, among other federal programs. It is operated by the IRS, and employees pay into this tax pool in order to facilitate the administration of Social Security disability benefits and other critical federal programs.

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Topics: work credits, disability benefits programs, FICA

Historical Changes in the SSA and Disability Benefits Programs

Posted by Scott Flexer

As you may know, the Social Security Administration formed in 1935 and has continued to progress with new programs while updating their existing ones.

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Topics: SSDI, SSI, disability benefits programs

Stay informed of changes and new policies that can affect your disability benefits!