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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Archives

How much can you get in Supplemental Security Income?

If you're interested in obtaining Supplemental Security Income (SSI) along with your current Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you may be interested in how much they pay out presently. Like with Social Security benefits, the maximum federal SSI also increases when there is inflation of the dollar in the United States.

Deeming Spousal Income

There are a few different kinds of disability benefits available through the Social Security Administration. One of the programs is Supplemental Security Income. Supplemental Security Income is also known as SSI or T16 benefits. SSI is designed the help blind and disabled people who have little to no income and limited assets. This is different from Social Security Disability Insured Benefits. Insured Benefits require you to pay Social Security taxes. Supplemental Security Income does not require that a person pay into Social Security taxes. It does, however, have income and asset limitations. And the income and asset limitations apply to spouses.

What is a Composite Job?

When you apply for social security disability, the Social Security Administration gathers information about what kind of work you have done in the past. This information is gathered in a few different ways. When you apply, you will receive a form called a Work History form. It is important that you fill that out completely so the Social Security Administration has accurate information about what you did in the past. Social Security will also get information about your earnings. They will determine if the work you did in the past was done at substantial gainful activity.

What Happens at a Social Security Disability Hearing?

After your application for disability benefits has been denied by the Social Security Administration (typically twice, but it depends on your state) you will be provided the opportunity to appear before an administrative law judge. Your judge will not have been involved in issuing previous denials in your case. Prior to your hearing, the judge will have examined the medical records that you and your representative have submitted to the Social Security Administration.

Don't let disability myths get in your way

There are many myths about disability benefits and being able to work while receiving benefits. Some believe there's no chance for you to work while on benefits, while others believe it's possible to collect benefits and work. The reality is that you can work as long as it is within the guidelines of the Social Security Administration (SSA).

What if My Symptoms Come and Go?

Some people have health problems that result in "good days" and "bad days" in terms of their symptoms. This is often the case for individuals with gout, arthritis, fibromyalgia, different mental health impairments, and a number of other disabling conditions. These individuals may be capable of performing a range of work on good days but find themselves completely debilitated on their bad days. Even if your disabling symptoms are not constantly present or constantly severe, you may still be eligible to receive SSI or SSDI benefits if you experience flare-ups or bad days every month that prevent you from working on those days.

The Importance of Attending Your Hearing

As you near the scheduled hearing date in your case, your attorney or case manager will ask you to arrive at the hearing location at least a half hour prior to your hearing. It is very important that you try your best to arrive early. You may have additional questions for your attorney or your attorney may wish to speak with you again before your hearing. It is also a good idea to give yourself some extra time in case of traffic issues or difficulty finding the hearing location.

What are Acceptable Medical Sources?

There are a variety of medical providers who treat medical conditions. However, the Social Security Administration maintains a specific list of medical professionals they consider Acceptable Medical Sources. They include: licensed physicians (both Medical and Osteopathic Doctors), Licensed or Certified Psychologists, School Psychologists can opine on learning and intellectual disabilities, Licensed Optometrists, Licensed Podiatrists, Qualified Speech Language Pathologists, Licensed Physician Assistants for claims filed after March 27, 2017, Licensed Audiologists, and Licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurses for claims filed after March 27, 2017 (there are 4 kinds of Advanced Nurse Practitioners: 1. Certified Nurse Midwife, 2. Nurse Practitioner, 3. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and 4. Clinical Nurse Specialists).

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