Social Security Rules & Definitions

Understanding Social Security Disability Eligibility

July 20, 2015 by

To determine whether you are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you must first understand how Social Security defines disability. For SSDI purposes, you must have a medically determinable physical and/or mental impairment that prevents you from being able to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA). Your impairment must have ...

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How to Talk with Your Doctor about Social Security Disability

June 16, 2015 by

Open, honest and accurate communication between you and your doctor is not only essential to your health, but is especially important if you are applying for Social Security Disability (SSD).

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will rely on your doctor's (as well as your other healthcare practitioner's) records, including progress ...

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Your SSI Benefits Explained

June 9, 2015 by

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program designed to provide support to low-income Americans who are aged, blind, and disabled. Unlike Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is a payroll-funded program that requires you to have worked for a certain number of years, SSI is a tax-funded disability program ...

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Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Changes for 2015

June 8, 2015 by

If you receive Social Security benefits of any kind, you are probably familiar with COLA. It stands for Cost of Living Adjustment, and its purpose is to ensure your benefits keep pace with inflation.

Social Security rolls out new COLA information every year, and the changes that will take effect in ...

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