Monthly Archives: September 2019

Medical Records for Disability Hearings

If you applied for Social Security benefits or filed for reconsideration, then the claims examiner is the party responsible for obtaining your medical records. However, the process is different if you request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). In this case, you would be responsible for obtaining your medical records. If you have an attorney, you can give them legal permission to access the records on your behalf.   Which Medical Records Are Needed for My Disability Hearing? There are certain types of medical records you will need to obtain for a hearing before an administrative law judge. Medical records are essential for showing that you currently suffer from a disability, or that you will continue to suffer from one in the future. Be sure to obtain both old and new medical records related to your disability. You should also go through records associated with your disability claim…
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How Do Living Arrangements Affect SSI Benefits?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available for disabled Oklahoma residents who are over the age of 65 years old and disabled. However, SSI is a needs-based program. In order to qualify for SSI, you must have limited income and resources available. Unfortunately, this threshold is determined by how many people you live with, and the support and care received by others. Understanding how your living arrangements could affect your SSI benefits is key to collecting the maximum benefits you are entitled to.   How Do Living Arrangements Affect SSI Benefits? Since the amount of SSI is based on income and not living expenses, it is possible for a person claiming SSI benefits to live with another person. In order to receive maximum benefits, however, the recipient must pay for their own food and shelter. Otherwise, benefits may be reduced. Your SSI benefits may be reduced by the Social Security Administration…
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