The Social Security Administration Has a New Commissioner!

The Social Security Administration Has a New Commissioner!

The Social Security Administration (SSA) helped millions since President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the agency in 1935. In addition to the obvious beneficiaries – retirees – the SSA provides benefits to disabled Americans and more than 50 million orphaned children. With an annual net cost of about $1 trillion in 2018, SSA spending comprises about…

3 Things Your Representative Payee Cannot Do

3 Things Your Representative Payee Cannot Do

Most adults who receive Social Security benefits can handle the money themselves. However, adults who are considered legally incompetent, and most minor children, may need some help. In such cases, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may appoint a representative payee. There are some things that your representative payee cannot do. Your Representative Payee Cannot Withhold…

Defining Disability The Official Social Security Administration Disability Definition

Defining Disability: The Official Social Security Administration Disability Definition

Sometimes our true physical or mental condition is a gray area. What one person considers to be a disability another may feel is just a serious condition. For example, Joe feels his arthritis is a disability, so he applies for government disability benefits. However, Joe’s ‘feelings’ will not get his application approved. What really matters…

Disability or Not How the Social Security Administration Processes Your Claim

Disability or Not: How the Social Security Administration Processes Your Claim

It’s not always easy to know if you have a disability or not. How the Social Security Administration processes your claim may also be a complete mystery. In this blog, we will look at your disability claim through the eyes of the Social Security Administration (SSA). The Application Process First, of course, you will complete…

Substantial Gainful Activity and the Self-Employed Worker

Substantial Gainful Activity and the Self-Employed Worker

The Social Security Administration (SSA) used “substantial gainful activity” on two separate occasions related to Sebastian N.’s disability benefits. First, Sebastian was deemed disabled because he was unable to continue working as a self-employed worker due to a medical condition. Later, Sebastian attempted to return to work, and his substantial gainful activity came into play…