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How Can I Appeal a Social Security Disability Denial?

Millions of Americans apply for Social Security Disability benefits every year, and they expect their applications to be approved and their benefits to begin in a few months. Applicants pay into the Social Security program, and so it’s natural for them to expect their disability payments to come on time. However, sometimes the Social Security system is unpredictable. According to the Disability Benefits Center, 70 percent of applicants are disappointed when their applications for disability benefits are denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If an application has been denied by the SSA, there is an option to appeal the denial letter. How Can I Appeal My Benefits Denial? A denial notice from the SSA will have instructions on what to do next, but these instructions can be confusing if someone is unsure which steps to take. In general, there are four general steps to take to carry out an…
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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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Why Don’t More Children Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?

Most people consider the Social Security program as something that supports the elderly. Statistics prove this to be correct. According to the Social Security Administration, from the 62 million people that receive Social Security benefits right now, more than 43 million are retired workers. Children are also entitled to receive Social Security disability benefits under specific circumstances. The main reason that many people are unaware of children’s Social Security benefits is because very few children are eligible to receive them. In general, there are three ways that children can receive these benefits: If their parents are receiving retirement benefits from the program If one or both of their parents become disabled If a parent passes away (survivor benefits) In July 2018, about 1.87 million children of deceased employees received survivor benefits. About 1.51 million children of disabled workers received family disability benefits from the Social Security Administration this past July…
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