Do you know how many people receive a check from the Social Security Administration? Approximately 42.4 million people claim Social Security retirement checks, and about 14 million claimants are disabled workers. But did you know there is another group of Social Security claimants that get checks from the program? These beneficiaries claim Social Security survivor benefits, and it is an important part of the system that you need to understand. How Do You Claim Social Security Survivor Benefits? To claim these benefits, the worker who passed away must have worked long enough to qualify. For younger workers, that can be as little as a year, but the older you are, the longer your work record must be. The next factor is that the worker’s survivor must be an immediate relation that was dependent upon the worker. This often includes spouses, children of a certain age, and in rare instances—step-relatives, adopted…
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On January 20th, the federal government of the United States shut down. Members of Congress were unwilling to strike a deal on many key issues, which forced a shutdown. Many of you may have been worried that your Social Security disability benefits may have been jeopardized by the government shutdown, but the Social Security Administration (SSA) had a plan in place. How Does a Government Shutdown Affect Your Social Security Disability Benefits? When the government shuts down, there is a wide range of effects on Americans. A large number of federal employees are placed on furlough—meaning they cannot work or be paid. This forces many federal services and offices to shutdown while members of Congress try to come to an agreement to fund the country. And though national parks, memorials, and some government offices shutdown, core benefits and services are maintained to prevent Americans in need from suffering undue distress….
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