How Your Children and Spouse Qualify for Survivor Benefits

William has been unable to work for two years due to his prostate cancer. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits he receives really help support his wife and children. Since his prognosis is poor, he wonders how his family will pay the bills when he is gone. Some government benefit programs, including SSDI, do…

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California Disability Benefits: Short-Term or Long-Term?

Sometimes people are just not able to work because of short-term or long-term disabilities. Of course, the bills still pile up whether you go to work or not. In addition to federal government benefits like Social Security Disability Insurance, California workers are covered by a state disability program. California State Disability Insurance (SDI) is an…

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I Have Children. Can They Get SSI Benefits?

We often think of adults receiving benefits like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, children often can get SSI benefits under certain circumstances. The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees both the SSI and SSDI programs. When assessing children for SSI benefits, SSA personnel look at several important categories. Age One…

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Lung Disorders That May Qualify for Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a list of impairments that may qualify for disability benefits. The list is long and separated into categories. Lung disorders appear in section 3.00 – Respiratory Disorders – Adult. While not every cough or wheeze will make you eligible for disability benefits, you may need to apply for disability…

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How Hard Is It to Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits?

The answer to this question may depend on your definition of “hard.” Dealing with any government agency can be very frustrating, especially when you are already dealing with a disabling medical condition. To understand how hard it is to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you need to know how the application process…

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