Qualifying for SSI Expedited Payments

Finding the right government benefit programs takes time. The requirements vary from program to program, and there’s a lot of information to understand quickly. When someone needs help now, learning the application process can take six months or more can be devastating. Emergency payments may be available through programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI), but…

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What Will Happen at My Disability Interview?

Applying for government benefits can be complicated, frustrating, and, yes, even a little scary. Your application must be complete, and you need to provide supporting evidence. However, when you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income, there’s another step:  your disability interview. Understanding what will happen at a disability interview may…

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3 Important Facts You Need to Know About SSDI

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits to disabled workers, disabled widow(er)s, and disabled adult children. In fact, over 10 million people received SSDI according to December 2017 SSDI records. Most SSDI beneficiaries (86 percent) were disabled workers. Over 50% of benefit recipients were age 50 or over. It is undisputed that this sprawling government…

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Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance Is Not Really a DIY Project

DIY projects are all the rage. Home improvement stores offer supplies and advice for building decks and fixing your plumbing problems. However, some things are too important to do without the advice of an experienced professional. For example, applying for Social Security Disability Insurance is not really a DIY project for several reasons: Understanding Rules…

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My Child Has a Disability. Can We Get SSDI or SSI Benefits?

John and Angela’s daughter was born with a serious respiratory disorder – cystic fibrosis. They struggled to pay for costly treatments, medication, and therapy while also supporting their other children and themselves. They needed financial support. John and Angela did not know whether to apply for SSDI or SSI benefits. They didn’t know whether they…

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Will CalFresh Affect Your Supplemental Security Income Benefits?

Millions of Americans receive Supplemental Security Income benefits each year. This program, which is administered by the Social Security Administration, provides additional money each month to qualified families and individuals. A California benefit program, CalFresh, also provides monthly benefits. If you need monthly assistance, will receiving CalFresh affect your Supplemental Security Income benefits? In the…

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