Monthly Archives: December 2010

Using Video Hearings for Disability Backlog with SSA

It comes as no surprise to many that the Social Security Administration has a dizzyingly long line of individuals applying for disability claims and benefits, resulting in a backlog of social security benefit applications. Now, the Social Security Administration hopes to reduce both frustration and also expedite the application and claims process by using new methods such as video hearings. Today, there are nearly 2 million applicants waiting, hoping to hear news about their application status in regards to their Social Security benefits. Administration Law Judges are now able to use video hearings. Video hearings can carry out a disability hearing for a far-away applicant who is unable to travel due to their disability. These video hearings are helping to speed up the application process, as video-hearings can take place sooner than an in-person hearing in which the applicant must find additional money in order to travel to the hearing….
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Keeping Your Address Up-To-Date for SSI Benefits

In today’s modern age, direct deposit eliminates the need for waiting for a social security income check to come in the mail. Unfortunately, this often leads to individuals not keeping their address up-to-date with the system, resulting in issues both with their benefits but with the legal system. Much of the amount of money provided by Social Security Income, or SSI, is based upon the individual circumstances of the person receiving the benefits. This includes where in the United States the person lives or who the person may live with (such as family, children or roommates.) Without the correct address, the amount of monetary benefits cannot be properly formulated. During the colder months of the year, some people often opt to move to warmer states. Though this is not uncommon, it is important that those who relocate for at least part of the year, to report their new address within…
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Helping Your Child Apply for SSDI Benefits

Children are eligible for SSDI benefits, including children with disabilities, but it would be a parent’s responsibility to apply for such benefits on behalf of their child. It makes it easier to process a claim if correct and detailed information is provided to support the claim. A parent applying for a child’s SSSDI benefits should have the following information available: The child’s Social Security number and birth certificate. The parent’s Social Security number. In addition, the Social Security Administration needs detailed information in order to make a decision on your child’s disability benefits. You can help by providing the following: Your child’s medical condition and as much information possible to describe the condition(s). Dates of visits to doctors or hospitals, patient account numbers for any doctors and hospitals, and any other information valuable in obtaining medical records. You do not need to provide copies of the actual medical records as…
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SSDI Benefits for Adults Disabled Since Childhood

The Social Security Disability Insurance is available for adults disabled since childhood. The SSDI program pays benefits to adults who have a disability that began before the age of 22. The SSDI benefit is paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record and therefore is seen as a “child’s” benefit. A disabled adult to become eligible for this child benefit must meet one of the following requirements: One of his or her parents must be receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits. One of his or her parents must have died and have worked long enough under Social Security. The benefits are available to an adult who received dependents benefits on a parent’s Social Security earnings record prior to age 18 if he or she was disabled at age 18. The same disability rules apply as for adults in order to receive a disability decision. A disabled adult is eligible…
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