Category Archives: Disability Benefits

09 Dec

Does Social Security Award Disability to Children?

Parents commonly want to know if their children are eligible for any disability insurance from the Social Security Administration (SSA).  The SSA does pay disability benefits on behalf of children, and the funds are usually dispersed to their parents. What sort of disability award can I receive on behalf of my child? When children meet

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15 Nov

Vets101: A New Resource for Veterans

On November 8, 2012, The World Institute on Disability (WID) launched Vets101.org, a site dedicated to information and free career planning tools for veterans. In the works since 2008, Vets101 is a service made possible with the invaluable collaboration of veterans’ organizations, wounded warriors, veterans with disabilities, and their friends and family. Vets101 will feature

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12 Nov

Congressional Bill May Speed Up Veterans’ Disability Payments

For the millions of disabled veterans who are applying for disability benefits, there is hope of faster processing times for their payments.  The Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act (HR 6445), a bipartisan bill proposed by Reps. Glenn Thompson, (R-PA) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA), would eliminate the customary five month waiting period between the claim

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10 Nov

Social Security Cost-of-Living-Adjustment Increase in 2013

The Social Security Administration has announced that benefits payments will increase by 1.7% in 2013; this increase is down from the previous year’s 3.6% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase.  That means that if you are receiving the average benefit of $1,236, you will see about $21 more per month. The Social Security COLA is based on

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16 Oct

The High Cost and Low Availability of Health Insurance and Its Effect on SSDI

Another important factor in people’s decision to apply for Social Security disability benefits is the decreased access to health insurance.  As employer-sponsored insurance programs deteriorate and private policies become more expensive and unobtainable, some workers apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for eventual Medicare benefits.  SSDI beneficiaries may qualify for Medicare after two years,

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12 Oct

Incarceration: What It Means For Your Social Security Disability Benefits

Can I Receive Social Security Benefits While I’m in Jail? The rules for getting Social Security benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) while in jail depend on whether you receive Social Security Disability Insurance under Title II (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income under Title XVI (SSI). SSI: If you receive SSI, you will stop

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02 Oct

How Does Workers’ Compensation Affect a Disability Claim?

Workers Compensation will not affect the merit of your claim. While your workers’ compensation settlement may have an impact on your SSDI award, it does not affect the merit of your disability claim.  In other words, it does not have a negative impact to your claim. How does my worker’s compensation settlement affect my disability

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25 Sep

Determining Insured Status in Social Security Disability Claims

A “quarter of coverage” (QC) is the basic unit of coverage in determining a worker’s insured status for purposes of a Title II Social Security Disability claim. You need at least 6 QCs but not more than 40 QCs to be fully insured. Insured status is a basic factor in determining whether you are entitled

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