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No, prisoners can't access Social Security benefits

It is an older complaint that those who are in prison should not be able to access Social Security benefits. Prior to the 80s and 90s, those in prison could receive their benefits, because they'd paid into the Social Security program over time. That's changed since then, though.

One thing that you should know if you're on Social Security disability (SSD) or plan to enroll in it is that if you end up being convicted of a crime, you can lose your benefits for the time period in which you're in prison. Social Security benefits are not payable to those who are in jail or prison if they are incarcerated for over 30 continuous days. If a person is jailed but has not yet been convicted, then that individual may still collect Social Security.

Congress agrees to fund Veteran's Health Choice Program

Imagine not being able to see a doctor for weeks or months. You need care, but you can't get into the hospital or treatment programs fast enough. Then, the government decides to give you an option to opt into a program that sets you up with a personal, private doctor much faster. It would be a huge relief.

In what is good news for veterans, Congress has reached a deal to prevent the shutdown of the Veteran's Health Choice Program. This program is funded with billions, and shutting it down or letting it run out of money would have caused many veterans to go without the care they need, at least in the short-term.

This is what happens if you appeal your disability rejection

If you've applied for disability and did not receive an approval letter, you may have to appeal the decision to reject your claim. The second level of appeals is known as a disability hearing. This is when you appear in front of an Administrative Law judge to discuss your case.

After you receive a notice that your initial appeal has been denied, you have up to 60 days to request an administrative hearing. This gives you roughly two months to prepare for the hearing, so you can present the best case for needing disability coverage.

How do you know if you qualify for Supplemental Security Income?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program offered through the Federal government. It's funded by the general tax revenues and doesn't come from the Social Security taxes paid each year.

Unlike Social Security, Supplemental Security Income is designed to boost the income of those who are aged, disabled or blind. These individuals must meet the eligibility requirements and primarily have little or no income. This income is provided to help individuals with their basic needs, like food, shelter and clothing.

You can appeal a Social Security Disability rejection

It's true that most people who apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) are not approved the first time. Why? The process is very complicated and there is extensive paperwork you need to include in your claim.

There are many reasons why a claimant may not be approved for benefits. Fortunately, they can be overcome in many circumstances by providing further documentation of your injuries or health condition.

Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income

You were injured and now live with a disability. You already receive Social Security Disability (SSD), but your financial situation isn't as good as you'd like. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be the answer.

Not everyone qualifies for SSI. Those who do can expect benefits paid by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The benefits are intended to help boost your income.

What does limiting the Department of Veterans Affairs do?

Veterans already have much to deal with in their lives, and when a disability compounds that stress, it can be a lot to handle. Currently, Social Security Disability (SSD) and other programs are there to help those who come back with war-related injuries.

Today, President Trump would like to increase military spending by 10 percent. The issue is that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is already limited in what it can do for veterans who return from war due to the lack of resources provided to the agency.

Who do Social Security benefits support?

There are a few different kinds of Social Security benefits available today. Of them, retirement benefits are probably the best understood, while the payments made to children or the disabled are less commonly discussed.

Social Security is not just for retired workers, although it's presented as if it's a kind of retirement fund. Social Security is actually there for disabled individuals, children, widows and widowers and others. Children, for instance, may be entitled to benefits if a parent is killed or suffers a disability. The children and surviving spouse may both be entitled to that compensation.


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