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On Monday, we noted the latest addition to Social Security’s Compassionate Allowances program, which helps disabled Americans get disability benefits much quicker than through the typical process. With the addition of Adult Huntington’s Disease, the program now has 165 medical conditions. There are other ways that disability applicants can speed through the application process more quickly, and today we take up “TERI” and “QDD” applicants. TERI applicants are those with a terminal illness. Of course, these illnesses are so severe that medical professionals do not expect the applicant to be alive much longer, so a disability benefits process that takes year would not be of much help to a person with a terminal illness. Social Security immediately flags TERI applicants for special processing. Another program that Social Security uses to speed certain applicants through the disability process is the quick disability determination (“QDD”) method. Unlike TERI or Compassionate Allowances, applicants…
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This week’s posts discuss some of the more common criticisms of Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits, and, today, we take up the common refrain from critics that once people get on disability benefits, they never return to work. In fact, this is a concern that not just critics have voiced, but the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) itself has voiced. In its reports on its “Ticket to Work” program, which provides training to disability beneficiaries to return to work, the SSA cites a statistic that “only about one-half of one percent of beneficiaries were exiting because of work when the legislation was passed…” Like many statistics, the “one-half of one percent” number deserves a closer look, and that’s what several policy experts and statisticians did in their 2010 paper “How Many SSDI Beneficiaries Leave the Rolls for Work? More Than You Might Think.” It turns out that one problem with…
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For over a year now, anyone applying for disability benefits (or any Social Security benefits at all) has had to receive those benefits electronically. If you have been receiving benefits since some time before May 1, 2011, you still have a little bit of time left to receive paper checks, but everyone has to switch to electronic receipt by March 1, 2013. If you have questions about how any forthcoming changes will impact your disability benefits, you may wish to speak to a Tulsa SSI lawyer. Two options for receiving Social Security benefits You have two options to receive your benefits electronically. If you have a savings or checking account, you can to opt to receive your benefits through direct deposit. You just need your bank’s routing number (available on your bank’s website or from the bank itself) and your account number, and then your benefits will automatically appear in…
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The Supreme Court’s upholding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) last month will likely benefit disability beneficiaries as much as it will Americans with health concerns. The reason is that the ACA makes important changes to Medicare and Medicaid funding, which have important links with each type of Social Security benefits. Healthcare reform will help Medicare and Social Security Here are a few of the funding changes that the ACA will make: Increase funding for Medicare by a 0.9 percent tax increase for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and for married couples making more than $250,000 a year The increased funding will also come from taxes on investment income (from income like stock dividends, real estate rent and capital gains), but only for those whose investment income pushes their income above the limits in the previous bullet point Several changes will directly improve healthcare –…
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