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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Archives

Cooperative Disability Investigations

The Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit (CDIU) investigates disability claims under Social Security Administrations Title II and Title XVI programs. The primary mission is to resolve questions of fraud on suspicious claims flagged by State disability examiners before they are paid. The CDI Unit also provides reports to disability examiners during continuing disability reviews (CDRs) of claims that are already being paid.

Getting SSD benefits for family members

Millions of Americans rely on Social Security disability benefits to pay for their monthly living expenses. What many people do not realize, however, is that the Social Security disability recipients themselves are not the only ones relying on this important government aid. Indeed, the family members of these benefits recipients are also reliant on disability money to survive in many cases. The government recognizes this fact, and for this reason, legal dependents of Social Security disability recipients may be eligible for additional benefits.

What Happens at a Hearing

Getting ready for a disability hearing can be a very stressful experience. Many people are not familiar court. Disability hearings are usually more informal than typical hearings. The judge might be wearing a robe, the judge will formally admit records into evidence and swear people to tell the truth but other than that, they can be informal.

Credibility at a Disability Hearing

If you have a hearing for Social Security Disability benefits, a decision on your case will involve more than just a simple "yes" or "no." The adjudicator must consider allegations of subjective complaints of pain or other symptoms, along with the rest of the relevant evidence on your case. One of the most important factors in deciding your case at the hearing will be your credibility.

Disability Benefits for Children

There are two ways children under 18 can receive disability benefits. The first is if the child is disabled, they might be eligible for supplemental security income (SSI) if they are medically eligible. Children can receive SSI benefits based on both mental and physical health impairments. Children's claims are different from adults' claims. The standard is not if a child can work; instead, children's claim are based on several "domains" of functioning and development that include both physical abilities and limitation and mental abilities and limitations. As with an adult disability claim, it is important to be able to show through medical records the child's diagnoses and symptoms. If a child is successful with a disability claim and receives back pay, the government has strict rules on what that back pay can be spent on. If a child is found disabled, they are usually re-evaluated by the federal government when they turn 18 under the adult guidelines for disability.

Hearing Loss

As the parent of a deaf child, I often meet families of people with significant hearing loss. When they learn of my profession, a question I am commonly asked is whether they can receive disability benefits for their hearing loss.

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