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Does Retiring Early Affect Your SSDI Application

Does Retiring Early Affect Your SSDI Application
The Social Security Disability program is a form of early retirement benefits. You can't receive both SSDI and retirement benefits at the same time (there is only one small exception to this rule, which this blog discusses at the end). Determining the best time as when to retire is often the most critical step to getting the most out of retirement ...
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Getting Social Security Disability After Age 65

Getting Social Security Disability After Age 65
Disabled adults can start receiving disability benefits at literally any age (even before full retirement age). However, for disabled adults over age 65, it is better to apply for SSDI benefits than retirement benefits. According to a report , the average age at which American people retire is 62 (minimum retirement age). However, the poll also sug...
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Worn-Out Worker Rule SSDI

Worn-Out Worker Rule SSDI
The Social Security Administration has special rules for people who have had several years of physical unskilled labor . The worn-out worker rule enables a special window for disability claimants who would otherwise be denied SSDI due to not meeting the SSA's condition for disability. Rules to meet Worn-Out Worker Rules The worn out worker rule is ...
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Would You Be Denied SSDI if Your Visual Acuity Test Comes Fine

Would You Be Denied SSDI if Your Visual Acuity Test Comes Fine
You may have partial or complete blindness, thinking it automatically qualifies you for disability benefits. As a claimant, you may have the view that you having problems with your hearing or vision, having to use a hearing aid or glasses are enough for you to qualify for SSDI. Infact, you're not considered legally blind or completely deaf if you d...
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What are the Non-Medical Requirements for SSDI 2021

What are the Non-Medical Requirements for SSDI 2021
To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, SSDI you would need to meet the eligibility for both medical and non-medical qualifications for SSDI. The most common reason for denial is not being able to meet the medical qualifications but an inability to meet the non-medical criteria. This happens simply because not many people are aware of ...
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Automatic Cost of Living Adjustments | 2021

Automatic Cost of Living Adjustments | 2021
The SSA adjusts the SSDI amounts for social security payments each year by adjusting them with inflation through a complicated formula for cost of living. Cost-of-Living Adjustment Enacted in 1973, the federal legislation allows the SSA to adjust the amount of SSDI paychecks to keep up pace with the changing dynamics of the economic system. The SSA...
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Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors

Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors
Millions of US veterans have retired from active or passive duty from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars during the last two decades. As with any other war, the statistics from Pew Research suggest, the number of disabled veterans has also escalated sharply. There are around 19 million US veterans this year, making up 10% of the US's adult population. A...
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Rules for Winning SSDI Benefits for Blind

Rules for Winning SSDI Benefits for Blind
Legally blind people are unable to see but not necessarily be totally blind. The federal government uses the term 'legal blindness' to determine whether you can get certain benefits, like disability or job training. How Does the SSA Define Blindness? A 20/20 vision is considered as perfectly normal, i.e., if a person is able to see 20 feet away the...
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Calculating your Social Security Disability in 2021

Calculating your Social Security Disability in 2021
If you're applying for SSDI benefits, then your disability paycheck amount depend on your average lifetime earnings before you became disabled. Unlike Supplemental Security Income (SSI) which is purely a need-based disability programme, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programme is purely a merit-based insurance programmer. The SSA d...
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Average Indexed Monthly Earnings for SSDI 2021

Average Indexed Monthly Earnings for SSDI 2021
How much you earned throughout your lifetime before your disability is the key factor in determining your disability payments. Although the severity of your disability does not affect this amount, income from other sources can. Unlike the supplemental security income (SSI) which is purely a need-based benefits programe, the social security disabili...
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Work Credits for Disability Benefits | 2021

Work Credits for Disability Benefits | 2021
In order to be eligible for SSDI one must be 'insured' by the SSA, i.e., possess enough work credits along with having paid FICA taxes to qualify. The Social Security Administration has both medical and non-medical requirements for a person to be eligible for receiving the social security disability benefits. One of the financial conditions for qua...
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Rules for the Trial Work Period for SSDI in 2021

Rules for the Trial Work Period for SSDI in 2021
Previously in 2020, any month in which a claimant's earnings exceeded $910 was considered a Trial Work Period (TWP). In 2021, this amount has been raised to $940 by the SSA. What is Trial Work Period? The Trial Work Period is the grace period granted by the Social Security Administration to its claimants who want an attempt to re-try to gain entry ...
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SSDI for veterans in 2021

SSDI for veterans in 2021
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides expedited processing of disability claims for veterans. If you are a veteran, you can file with a US Department of Veteran Affairs Compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T). Military Service and Social Security Disability for US Veterans The SSA has been covering veterans with an i...
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Social Security Disability Surveillance

Social Security Disability Surveillance
Applying to a disability benefits program has gotten stricter after Trump administration's policy of social security administrators carrying out undercover surveillance of claimants to rule out fraud. Undercover Surveillance by Disability Investigators People who have applied for social security disability claims often find themselves under thoroug...
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The Social Security Red Book for The Blind

The Social Security Red Book for The Blind
The Social Security Administration has special incentives for people with partial or complete blindness. When you apply for disability, the SSA will assign a disability examiner (DE) to analyze the 'severity' of your vision loss. The Social Security has special rules in the Red Book for the Blind for people with significant vision loss. If you have...
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SSDI Rules for 50 to 54 Age Bracket | Grid Rules

SSDI Rules for 50 to 54 Age Bracket | Grid Rules
When it comes to social security disability benefits, age DOES matter! But, we have good news. If you have medical evidence to prove that your disability has a direct affect on your daily functioning, regardless of your age, then you are as much eligible for the SSDI benefit as any other person. Why Age Matters in Winning SSDI Benefits? American jo...
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President Biden’s Disability Plan Proposal

President Biden’s Disability Plan Proposal
President Biden's Disability Plan for 2022 could mean extra funds to improve SSDI benefits for the 74 million beneficiaries on the verge of bankruptcy due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year (2021) on July 26, America marked the 30 th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This ADA law has been protecting people with disabilities...
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Does Autism Qualify for Disability

Does Autism Qualify for Disability
Social Security offers disability benefits for people with autism disorder having symptoms such as communication problem, trouble understanding what other people think and feel. Autism spectrum disorder affects how the brain processes information. People with autistic disability may have serious repetitive behavioral patterns, difficulty communicat...
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Does Social Security Administration offer SSDI Benefits for Psoriatic Arthritis?

Does Social Security Administration offer SSDI Benefits for Psoriatic Arthritis?
Psoriatic arthritis develops after the condition psoriasis actually begins. However, later stages may involve joint pain, stiffness and swelling including the red patches (psoriasis) that appear on skin. It can affect any part of your body, including your fingertips and spine, and can range from mild severity to extremely severe. Meanwhile disease ...
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How To Prepare Documentation Evidence For Your Disability Application/Interview

How To Prepare Documentation Evidence For Your Disability Application/Interview
Navigating through the complicated web of your disability application requirements may seem like a daunting task – and rightfully so. Claims for the social security disability insurance benefits have skyrocketed over the last two decades, due to the exponential increase in the eligible number of people aged over 50 years of age. SSDI application re...
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