14 Categories in the Social Security’s Listing of Impairments and Why They Matter

14 Categories in the Social Security’s Listing of Impairments and Why They Matter

The Social Security Administration (“Social Security”) uses some unique tools to determine whether you are eligible for some benefits. For example, you must have a disabling medical condition to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). But how does Social Security make this important decision? One of the most important tools they use is the…

How to Apply for SSI

How to Apply for SSI

Sometimes people just need a little extra help. For many, this comes in the form of government benefits. For example, millions of people receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments every month from the Social Security Administration (“Social Security”). We are going to review how to apply for SSI benefits in this article. SSI Benefits…

Are You Ready for Your Closeup Social Security Now Offers Online Video Hearings

Are You Ready for Your Closeup? Social Security Now Offers Online Video Hearings

It’s no secret that the coronavirus public health emergency has changed the way we do things. Even the Social Security Administration (“Social Security”) has not been immune. Before COVID-19, people had the option of handling services by going to their local Social Security office. Telephone and online serves were, and still are, options. However, online…

What the Social Security PASS Program Means for You

What the Social Security PASS Program Means for You

Some people who receive government benefits want to become more independent. But independence is not always easy to reach. However, the Social Security Administration (“Social Security”) developed a program that might help – the Social Security PASS Program. Social Security PASS Basics The long name for the program is fairly descriptive:  Plan to Achieve Self-Support.…

How Long Does It Take to Process SSDI and SSI Applications

How Long Does It Take to Process SSDI and SSI Applications?

When you feel terrible, it’s hard to wait for something that might help you feel a little more secure. But when you apply for government benefits, you seldom get a quick answer. For example, let’s look at Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Understanding how long it takes the Social Security…

I’m Getting Disability Benefits. Is My Family Eligible for Benefits Also

I’m Getting Disability Benefits. Is My Family Eligible for Benefits Also?

Marla and John both worked to support their three children. So, their finances really took a hit when Marla stopped working because of her debilitating multiple sclerosis. She applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, and Social Security approved her application. However, her monthly benefits still fell far below what she had been earning.…

SSDI and Lymphoma

SSDI and Lymphoma

Erica was puzzled when she learned she had lymphoma. She had no idea what the disease was. More importantly, Erica did not know how lymphoma would affect her ability to support herself and her son financially. After researching her disability options, she decided to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). She also talked to…