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Five Common Questions About Social Security Disability Benefits

As a worker in America, you pay for Social Security through your payroll taxes. However, this payment doesn’t just go toward your future retirement benefits. The payroll taxes you pay also go toward Social Security disability benefits, which can be essential if you become disabled and are no longer able to work. Understanding this part of Social Security can be difficult, and if you don’t have the right information then you may have problems collecting benefits later. Here are a few common questions and answers that many people have about these disability benefits. 5 Questions About Social Security Disability Benefits How Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability? If you are no longer able to perform a substantial amount of work due to impairment, then you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. However, there are certain requirements that must be met. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that applicants…
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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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