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When I Apply for Supplemental Security Income, What Questions Will They Ask Me?

Have you lost your job due to a disabling injury? Such a loss can be painful in so many ways. Hard working Oklahomans who have been able to support themselves all of their lives are suddenly forced to rely on others to get by. It can be embarrassing, and that’s part of why the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers benefits to these individuals. However, qualifying for benefits can be rough. The process can be long and highly detailed, so here are some questions you need to know the answers to before you apply. What Will I Be Asked When I Apply for Supplemental Security Income? Dates– Expect to be asked when the last time you worked was, when your condition became disabling and when you last visited the doctor. Medical Information– Be ready to tell the SSA what medications you are taking, the medical tests you’ve had and the names,…
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Fed Urges Employment for Disabled Through “Ticket to Work”

The federal government is urging people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to look at its Ticket to Work program, if they have the desire and ability to work and can qualify. The program supports career development for people with disabilities, ages 18 through 64, who want to work. It puts eligible people in contact with Employment Networks (ENs), which offer specialized services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training. If you decide that the program is for you, you will continue to receive your disability benefits  until you begin earning wages or self-employment income above the applicable earnings limit for SSI or SSDI. If you receive income below your benefit levels, then you benefit program will make up the deficiency. Anyone interested in participating in the program should call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney Discuss Disability Benefits and Children

Most people who qualify for disability benefits are adults who have worked for years, paying taxes into the Social Security Administration (SSA). Those people receive benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI). However, it is possible for a child to receive disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program under some circumstances. Children from birth to age 18 who suffer from a disability, illness or condition may receive benefits if: The child’s disability is listed in the Blue Book, the SSA’s database of recognized conditions that qualify for benefits. The child’s parents have income and resources that meet the SSA’s limits Some adult children may also qualify for disability benefits through SSDI even after they reach the age of 18. To receive benefits as an adult child: The person’s impairment or condition is listed in the SSA Blue Book. The person’s disability began before the age of…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney Discuss State Supplements

For low income people who suffer from disabilities, the Social Security Administration (SSA) established the Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Unlike the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, SSI is based on need, not work history. The average disability benefits payment for SSI is significantly lower than the average SSDI payment. However, most states offer what is called “state supplement benefits” for people on SSI, which adds a small amount to beneficiaries in those states’ monthly checks. According to the SSA, each state is free to come up with its own rules on what sort of supplements to provide and what the eligibility requirements for those supplements are. These amounts range from $10 to $200 and can depend on your marital status and living situation. If approved for benefits, Oklahoma residents are eligible for an additional $42 for single people and $84 for couples every month. In some states, the SSA…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney Discusses One Long Wait for Disability Benefits

A recent article in the Baltimore Sun told the story of one disability benefits applicant who waited far longer than most to receive his answer from the Social Security Administration (SSA). After nearly a decade of battling in and out of court, Jim Nicholas received $206,000 in disability benefits from the SSA. Nicholas first applied for disability benefits when he found out he suffered from heart failure in 2003. He and his wife Yvonne fought for a decade to get him the benefits he so desperately needed. They waded for years through denials and delays. The problem was not that the SSA did not believe Nicholas was too ill to work. Originally, the SSA approved Nicholas for a $500 monthly payment through Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a program that awards smaller payments to applicants who live below the poverty line. He was denied benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program,…
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