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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Archives

Immigration and Social Security

The Social Security Administration has different rules for getting Social Security benefits depending on what benefit you have applied for and what kind of immigration status you have. There are two main programs people usually apply for: Disability Insured Benefits and Supplemental Security Income. If you are a legal permanent resident (also known as a green card holder or noncitizen) and apply for Disability Insured Benefits (Title 2 or DIB) because you have paid FICA taxes, as long as Social Security finds you disabled there is no problem. However, if you are a legal permanent resident and you file for Supplemental Security Income (Title 16 or SSI) the rules get trickier. If you were lawfully residing in the United States before August 22, 1996 or you were on SSI and lawfully residing in the United States before that date you can receive SSI.

Handling Individuals with Chronic Pain

In dealing with clients who suffer from chronic pain, there is very little I can do as an attorney to ease their physical symptoms. I have no medical training, nor a license to provide physical therapy. While I have never been burdened with a chronic illness of my own, I have witnessed friends and family struggle with terminal disease, and I have had the opportunity to study the medical records of hundreds of patients with chronic pain. From this background, I recognize that no one can ever fully understand an individual's experience with chronic pain, as each sufferer's experience is unique. How then, should one treat people with chronic pain?

Administrative Law Judges

To administer and preside over federal agency hearings, the executive branch utilizes thousands of administrative law judges (ALJs), the largest number of which are employed by Social Security Administration. An ALJ is authorized to regulate the course of the hearing, administer oaths, examine witnesses, issue subpoenas, rule on evidence, and make findings of fact and conclusions of law.

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