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  • 09 Jul 2018
  • Scott London
What is a Social Security Administrative Law Judge Disability Hearing?

A Social Security administrative disability hearing is a hearing supervised by an SSA law judge who decides whether an applicant wins or loses their case. SSA judges hear appeals from people who have had their disability application denied, have been overpaid or are accused of engaging in fraudulent activity regarding their SSI or SSDI benefits. […]

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  • 29 Jun 2018
  • Scott London
What Role Does a Vocational Expert Play in My Disability Claim?

Vocational experts (VEs) have been educated and trained to develop in-depth descriptions about jobs requiring minimal to specialized skills. They also remain up-to-date about future job trends, earning capacities and job market conditions. In addition, (VEs) usually have experience in vocational counseling and job placement strategies. The SSA may employ a vocational expert to review […]

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  • 27 Jun 2018
  • Scott London
What does “ambulate effectively” mean in the Blue Book?

The Social Security Blue Book definition of “ambulate effectively” refers to the physical abilities of applicants filing for disability benefits. To qualify for SSI or SSDI, applicants must prove they suffer from a medical condition rendering them nearly or totally disabled. Ineffective ambulation, according to the Social Security Administration, indicates a disorder limiting an applicant’s […]

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  • 25 Jun 2018
  • Scott London
How does the Social Security Disability Review work?

Anyone receiving SSI or SSDI payments will have their medical condition reviewed periodically so that the Social Security Administration can determine if they still qualify for benefits. The disability review process allows recipients the opportunity to show they are still disabled and unable to work. How many times cases are reviewed depend on the severity […]

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  • 21 Jun 2018
  • Scott London
What Is the Date Last Insured (DLI) for Disability Benefits?

For people applying for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI), the date last insured refers to the most recent date they are eligible to qualify for SSDI. Date last insured depends on the last time an applicant was employed. If you are over 30 years old, you must have worked at least five of the last […]

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  • 20 Jun 2018
  • Scott London
If I Qualify for SSDI Disability Will I Be Able To Get Food Stamps?

To qualify for SSDI disability benefits, applicants must prove they suffer from a qualifying medical condition and have worked long enough to accrue a certain amount of credits. In contrast to SSI (Supplemental Security Income) which does not require an applicant to have paid social security taxes, Social Security Disability Insurance is only awarded to […]

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  • 19 Jun 2018
  • Scott London
What Disability Benefits Qualify as Earned Income for EITC?

The Internal Revenue Service considers disability benefits as earned income for EITC until a beneficiary reaches their minimum retirement age. This is the earliest age a person could receive an annuity or pension if they were not disabled. However, after SS beneficiaries reach the minimum retirement age, the IRS will not consider payments as earned […]

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  • 05 Jun 2018
  • Scott London
How to fill out form SSA-3441: SSD Denial Appeal?

Over 60 percent of first-time Social Security Disability are denied because the SSA did not think the applicant’s medical condition was disabling or forms were improperly documented and filled out. If your SSD claim was denied, you will need to file an SSD appeal and make corrections to your initial application.    What is SSA […]

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  • 01 Jun 2018
  • Scott London
Why Would You Need to Contact the SSA?

People all across America may benefit from a number of different services provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Most notably, the SSA assists people of all ages and backgrounds with important services like disability, retirement and survivors’ benefits. Think they may be able to help you out in a time of need? Or maybe […]

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  • 29 May 2018
  • Scott London
SSDI or SSI: What Makes These Programs Different?

Social Security disability insurance is available as SSDI programs or SSI programs. Both types of Social Security insurance are intended to provide financial assistance to people who cannot earn income due to a mental or physical disability. The main discrepancy between SSDI and SSI is how the SSA determines eligibility for either program.     […]

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