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2017 Cost of Living Adjustments and Social Security Benefits

Posted by Scott Flexer

 2017 is almost here, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced the Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) for the new year.

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Topics: SSDI, disablity, Cost of Living, retirement benefits, retirement

Florida Disability FAQs: What if My Condition Isn’t in the Blue Book?

Posted by Scott Flexer

If you’re familiar with the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, then you probably know a few basics about how it helps disabled workers support themselves and their families.

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Topics: SSDI, disability FL, SSDI appeal, disability appeal, Social Security Disability Insurance, disablity, Qualify Disability, qualify for disability

How Do Social Security Benefits Help American Workers?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Social Security is one of the most prevalent lifelines available to American workers. According to statistics from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Understanding the Benefits publication, “about 60 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits.”

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Topics: Social Security Disability, social security, social security benefits, disablity, Supplemental Security Income, Disability Insurance, social security education

Receiving Social Security Benefits While Living Outside the USA

Posted by Scott Flexer

Is it possible to live abroad and still receive Social Security benefits? This is a question that we get a lot here at the Disability Experts of Florida office.

To answer the above question, YES, you CAN receive Social Security benefits while living outside of the United States. However, there are some things you need to know about first:

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Topics: disability secrets, disablity, SSDI Benefits, SSI benefits, international social security benefits

SSA Update: Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders

Posted by Scott Flexer

For a long time, qualifying for disability based on a mental disorder has been difficult. Psychological issues don’t usually have physically verifiable symptoms that can be checked in a physical exam.

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Topics: disablity, SSDI Benefits, Disability for Mental Disorders

Can Cancer Qualify You for Disability Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Here’s a question that we hear a lot at the Disability Experts of Florida office: “Can I qualify for disability benefits because of cancer?”

The short answer is “Yes, you can qualify for disability because of cancer.” However, just because cancer can qualify you for disability benefits doesn’t mean you will qualify if you have cancer.

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Topics: SSDI, SSI, disablity, Breast Cancer

Learn About Work History and Applying for Disability in Retirement

Posted by Scott Flexer

Applying for disability after retirement can be tough. There are numerous regulatory hurdles to get through in a disability claim under normal circumstances—such as verifying your work history and whether or not your condition qualifies for disability.

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Topics: SSDI, disablity, retirement benefits, retirement

What Information Do I Have to Provide About my Work and Education to get Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

To be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration’s SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) program, applicants must fulfill two general criteria: medical eligibility and work eligibility. 

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Topics: Disability Application, disablity, SSDI Benefits

Six Factors that Cause Social Security to Deny Disability Benefits

Posted by Scott Flexer

Section I - Financial Assets

One of the first things that the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates when examining an application for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not, in many cases, the disabling condition itself. Instead, the SSA will evaluate the applicant's financial situation to determine if he or she is functionally disabled. The SSA will deny disability benefits on the grounds of financial concerns if:

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Topics: denied benefits, deny benefits, disablity

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