Can You Qualify for SSDI and SSI Benefits?

Can You Qualify for SSDI and SSI Benefits?

If you cannot work due to a disability, you likely suffer from a loss of income. You may even be displaced or facing homelessness. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides two financial assistance programs for qualifying disabled individuals. While you can receive SSDI and SSI benefits at the same time, it is important to know the differences between the two programs, how to qualify for benefits, and how to apply.

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What is a Technical Denial in a Disability Case?

What is a Technical Denial in a Disability Case?

There are many reasons why applicants may be denied Social Security disability benefits. The majority of denials are for a medical reason. This could be that there wasn’t enough medical evidence or the Social Security Administration (SSA) didn’t first the medical conditions prevented being able to work. However, many applicants get a technical denial instead. This means it isn’t medical related. Actually, if you get a technical denial it means you were found ineligible for benefits for non-medical reasons. SSA has reported that nearly 50% of SSDI and 25% of SSI applicants receive technical denials.

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SSA 5-Step Evaluation [INFOGRAPHIC]

SSA 5-Step Evaluation [INFOGRAPHIC]

Our goal at DSS is to make the disability benefits claim process easier on you. Many times people are unsure if they qualify or if they should submit a claim. Check out our easy to read SSA 5-Step Evaluation infographic to help you learn more about the evaluation process.

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What is the Income Limit for SSI?

What is the Income Limit for SSI?

While generally we never think in limits when it comes to income, the SSI program has strict limits. SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, is a federal income supplement program. It is designated for those who have little or no income who are also aged, blind, and/or disabled. This is different for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). SSI provides additional income to meet basic needs for living, such as food, clothing, and shelter. So, how much, or how little, do you have to make to qualify? Read more below on the income limit for SSI.

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Money Management Tips When on SSDI

Money Management Tips When on SSDI

As anyone on Social Security Disability (SSDI) knows, it can be a challenge to make that money cover all living expenses. It’s not only important to make ends meet but try to make every dollar of your disability payment count. Luckily, there are a few money-management tips to help ease financial burdens. Developing these habits can make you feel more in control of your money.

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How Education Affects Disability Claims

How Education Affects Disability Claims

Before you understand how education plays a role in disability claims, it’s important to know how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines disability. The SSA defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically physical or mental impairment. Any medical condition has to be terminal or last for a continuous period of more than one year. In basic terms, you have to be unable to work due to your medical condition. If you are in fact unable to work due to your disability, it is only then that factors like education and age may be taken into consideration.

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Do You File Taxes When Receiving Disability Payments?

Do You File Taxes When Receiving Disability Payments?

When you work as an individual for a company, your employer deducts taxes from your paycheck. In fact, those taxes are what make disability benefits possible. This process fairly straightforward. However, for Social Security Disability (SSDI) recipients, it isn’t that simple. Disability payments aren’t always taxable. So, when do you file taxes when receiving disability payments?

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People Who Can Help With Your Disability Claim

People Who Can Help With Your Disability Claim

Are you unable to work due to a disability? If so, you might be in the process of filing a disability claim. Or, maybe you’ve yet to start. Either way, applying for Social Security disability can be confusing. Luckily, if you need help applying for disability benefits, there are people who can lend a hand. Below, you will find some professionals who can assist you along the way.

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

If you see more people wearing blue this month, it might be because March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. To help promote awareness, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance is launching its “Don’t Assume” campaign. At DSS, we want to highlight what you need to know and how a diagnosis could affect your ability to work. People diagnosed with colorectal cancer may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits if they cannot work due to the disease. Here is what you need to know.

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Why Are Disability Claims Denied?

Why Are Disability Claims Denied?

Applying for SSDI or SSI benefits can be a complex process. Claim denials only add to the confusion. Understanding the main reasons why claims are denied may help your case get approved on the first go. On the other hand, if you’ve already been denied, figuring out what went wrong can help during reconsideration. That’s why we are here to explain the common reasons why disability claims are denied.

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