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November 2019 Archives

How does going back to work impact SSD benefits?

Our readers in Alabama probably know how hard it is to be approved for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration requires meticulous details in any application for SSD benefits, and many initial applications are denied. So, once someone has been approved for benefits, they don't want to think about what might happen if these benefits stop.

Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income in Alabama

Our readers in Alabama may have seen many of our previous posts here that describe the desperately needed financial help that Social Security Disability benefits provide to people who have injuries or illnesses that prevent them from continuing to work. However, there is another program that is administered by the Social Security Administration that can be just as crucial in terms of a financial lifeline: Supplemental Security Income, commonly referred to as "SSI."

TBIs and Social Security Disability Benefits

There are many different types of injuries that Alabama residents may suffer that could qualify them to receive Social Security Disability Benefits. However, perhaps the most impactful injury that a person could suffer is commonly referred to as a traumatic brain injury. After all, the brain is what makes the whole body go - if it is damaged, the impact on a person's life can be substantial.

Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2020

On October 22, 2019, Social Security Administration announced a 1.6% increase in benefits for 2020. This cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be effective for Social Security disability beneficiaries for their December 2019 benefits that are payable in January of 2020. For SSI beneficiaries, the cost-of-living adjustment will be made for January 2020 but paid on December 31, 2019.

Does rheumatoid arthritis prevent you from earning a living?

Perhaps you watched your mother or grandmother struggle with aching, swollen joints that made it difficult for her to do the things she enjoyed. Maybe your father or grandfather had to give up those special hobbies because he no longer had the strength in his hands. Seeing the struggle and the loss of independence in your loved ones may have caused you to worry about your chances of developing the rheumatoid arthritis that gave them such pain and suffering.

Suicide prevention plan may help veterans with various issues

Our country rightly devotes quite a bit of resources to military veterans. In the last couple of decades, many veterans' issues that were not previously in the spotlight have been pushed to the forefront, including the rate of suicides by veterans. It is heartbreaking to think of our nation's military veterans feeling so hopeless that they believe suicide is the only option. Fortunately, some bipartisan support for legislation may devote even more resources to this sensitive area.

Stop the Wait ACT

In September it was announced that U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35) authored a bill to eliminate the waiting period for Social Security Disability benefits. Currently, if someone is approved for Disability Insurance Benefits, which are the benefits you paid into when you were working, there is a 5-month waiting period before any payment can be received and a 24 month waiting period for Medicare benefits. This act would eliminate those wait times. This is especially important because both financial support and health insurance is critical to those who are disabled.

Working to help veterans get the benefits they deserve

United States servicemembers work hard to protect our country. When they leave the service and achieve veteran status, they deserve to have a country that works hard to take care of their needs. That is why veterans' benefits exist, and our law firm works hard to help veterans get the benefits they deserve.

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