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…

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…

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…

What Is the Social Security Representative Payee Program

What Is the Social Security Representative Payee Program

At age 8, Hunter started receiving Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (“Social Security”). Of course, he was too young to manage his benefits. Unfortunately, his mother was not capable of managing them either. They needed help. Jillian also needed help. At age 55, she was no longer able to…