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The Truth About the Social Security

According to Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses’ Association and National Nurses United, the “real story” behind Social Security’s long-term solvency is that Wall Street bankers and their allies in Washington D.C. are painting a skewed picture of Social Security in an effort to privatize the program and seize millions of Americans’ […]

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Saving the Social Security Disability Trust Fund

Are you on disability and worried about a cut in benefits when the disability trust fund is expected to be exhausted in 2016?  The good news is that this can be prevented through certain legislative changes.  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) outlines them below: Kathy Ruffing of the CBPP champions tax increases […]

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Are You Thinking About Going Back to Work?

Are you disabled and receiving benefits, but wish to return to work?  Remember, beneficiaries are permitted to work as the criterion is not the complete inability to work, but the inability to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA) that results in earnings of $1,010 per month or more.  Because disability benefits are minimal and most people […]

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SSDI Benefits- Modest But Important for Disabled Americans

In recent news, there have been many articles in the press about workers turning to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) when their unemployment benefits run out.  This criticism implies that people are submitting false disability claims instead of returning to work, but the reality is that disability benefits are very modest and significantly less than […]

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The Recession’s Effect on SSDI

Contrary to the press stories about people turning to the disability program when their unemployment benefits run out, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is quite difficult to obtain. The eligibility requirements are strict and although the number of disability applications might rise when there is a recession, that does not mean that a proportionately high […]

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Assessing Credibility in Social Security Disability Hearings

by John M. FitzGerald Social Security regulations require claimants to prove they are disabled as a “result of anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities which can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques.  A physical or mental impairment must be established by medical evidence consisting of signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings, not only […]

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Causes for the High Number of Disability Beneficiaries

Contrary to what critics of the Social Security disability programs believe, the rising numbers of disability insurance beneficiaries are due to demographic factors and changes in the workforce.  In 2011, there were 8.6 million people receiving Social Security disability benefits, a number which had tripled since 1980 and doubled since 1995.  However, the numbers of […]

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Can I Collect Social Security Retirement and Disability Benefits At The Same Time?

For many individuals approaching retirement age, the question of whether or not they can collect retirement benefits from Social Security while also collecting Social Security disability benefits arises.  The below is an explanation of when collecting retirement benefits prevents you from collecting disability benefits as well. Disability Benefits Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is one […]

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Preparing for Your Social Security Disability Hearing: At the Hearing

You are ready to go before the Judge for your Social Security Disability Hearing, but what should you expect?  Below are some common questions about the hearing. 1. Who will be deciding my claim? At your Social Security Disability Hearing you will be presenting your case to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ has […]

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