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Social Security Disability Benefits Archives

How Does The Blue Book Affect Social Security Disability?

Many people understand the struggles that come with trying to obtain financial benefits from the government. Though benefits programs are in place to help struggling individuals, the agencies that oversee the programs are strict when it comes to enforcing stipulations and requirements for receiving benefits. However, if a person hoping to receive Social Security Disability benefits does not believe that he or she qualifies at first glance, looking closer may prove otherwise. 

Will Social Security Disability Put Medicaid Eligibility At Risk?

Money is something that most people cannot do without. Everything individuals need to meet their needs typically costs something. As a result, when people suffer from a disabling condition and cannot work, it is likely that they will have a continual worry about their finances. Fortunately, many qualify for Social Security disability benefits, but they may still wonder whether these benefits could jeopardize their chances for other assistance.

Social Security Disability Benefits: Overpayments

Social Security Administration may determine an overpayment has occurred when a disability beneficiary receives more cash benefits than should have been paid. Overpayments routinely arise when medical improvement has occurred or when a beneficiary returns to work. For Supplemental Security Income cases, they can also result when the recipient has failed to report additional income or resources.

Telephone Hearings and Online Video Hearings

If your claim is denied upon initial application and reconsideration, you have the right to be heard by an administrative law judge (ALJ). Statistically, more claims are approved at the hearing level than at initial application or reconsideration. At present, the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) is not conducting in-person hearings due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, they have been conducting hearings by telephone and will soon offer online video hearings. The online video hearing (OVH) will be available on a computer, smart phone, or tablet, provided the claimant has a valid e-mail address. OHO must send written notice of the hearing to a claimant and appointed representative at least 75 days before the scheduled hearing date. 

Can You Work Without Losing Social Security Disability Benefits?

Having a disabling condition can be difficult for anyone. While Social Security disability benefits can certainly help qualifying individuals from a financial perspective, many people across the country want to get back into the workforce to regain a sense of independence. However, as they determine whether they can work, they do not want to lose their benefits.

Can You Own a Gun While on Disability?

Here in the Midwest, it is not uncommon to own a firearm. According to a 2017 survey by the Pew Research Center, the South is the region with the most guns (about 36%), followed by the Midwest and West (32% and 31%, respectively) and the Northeast (16%). Although the Second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms, the right to receive Social Security benefits if you are a gunowner is not necessarily guaranteed under the Constitution.

Correction Of An Earnings Record

Your earnings record should reflect whether you have paid enough tax credits to be covered by Social Security and will also determine the amount of the benefits you or your family receives when you become eligible. Typically, the more you have earned over thirty-five years, the greater the benefit you will receive when you reach full retirement age or are found disabled. Missing wages or misreported earnings by an employer could also impact whether you are found disabled, as the first step in a disability claim involves showing that you are no longer engaging in substantial work activity.

Can The SSA Stop Social Security Disability Benefits?

Receiving financial help from the government can come as a great relief to Minnesota residents and those across the country who are struggling. In particular, individuals who have suffered an injury or have a condition that is considered a disability may feel grateful for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits that they receive. However, it is important to remember that these benefits are not always permanent.

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