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Our Tulsa social security disability attorneys assist residents of Oklahoma gain SSDI benefits.

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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Can I Be Denied Social Security if My Doctor Says I Am Disabled?

Social Security benefits are extremely important if you are disabled and unable to work. Without these benefits, your quality of life can be drastically reduced. Unfortunately, seeking and obtaining benefits is a difficult process full of regulations and how these regulations will be interpreted by the individuals responsible for reviewing your claim. Some applicants may be denied these crucial benefits even if their doctors have said they are disabled and unable to work. Below, we explain why this may sometimes happen.   Reason 1: There Was Not Enough Evidence The Social Security Administration (SSA) will require documented medical evidence of your disability and how it keeps you from working. For this reason, it is very important to have this conversation with your doctor. Give them as much information as possible about your disability and how it affects your inability to work. In fact, medical records documenting your disability will be…
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Are My Social Security Checks Expected to Increase in 2019?

The Social Security Administration recently stated that payments to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries are set to increase for next year. Specifically, the payments are expected to rise 2.8 percent. Why Are My Social Security Checks Increasing? This payment increase is due to an automatic cost-of-living adjustment, also known as COLA. COLA is based on low inflation and dictated by law. It takes effect on December 31 for the country’s 8 million SSI recipients. The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers, or CPI-W. This measures different price changes for food, clothing, transportation, housing, medical care, energy, education and recreation. Low-income disabled and elderly people that receive Supplemental Security Income also receive a COLA. In addition to retirees, other Social Security beneficiaries include disabled employees and surviving children and spouses. If you receive SSI, the maximum federal payment will increase…
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