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NEW VIDEO HEARING REQUIREMENTS FROM SOCIAL SECURITY

The Social Security Administration published a notice on November 15th that they propose to enter a rule regarding the appearance of Claimants and Representatives at Social Security hearings. Currently, SSA allows you to decide whether you wish to appear in person or by video hearing. They are proposing to do away with this option. This change would affect all Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and any hearings with Disability Hearing Officers on continuing disability claims. 

Disability Reconsideration in Alabama

In October 1999, the Social Security Administration began testing the Disability Redesign Prototype model in 10 states, including Alabama. This prototype model eliminated the reconsideration process and sent initial determination appeals on disability issues to the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) for a hearing. This eliminated a step in the disability process.

What Happens to Social Security Disability Benefits during a Government Shutdown?

As of January 2, 2019, the United States government has been partially shut down for 11 days. A partial government shutdown means that around 25% of the United States federal government has no funding. While parts of the government have been funded and will remain open, 9 of 15 federal agencies have not been funded and around 800,000 federal employees are going without pay.  These agencies include the Department of Homeland Security, Justice, Housing, Agriculture, Commerce, Interior, and the Treasury.

Disabled Widow's Benefits

A disabled widow's benefit is paid to the disabled spouse of a deceased worker who had earned enough Social Security credits. In order to receive disabled widow's benefits, the widow (or widower) must meet the following requirements:

What Is a "Closed Period" In a Social Security Disability Case?

Most people who apply for Social Security Disability are alleging that they are disabled and will continue to be unable to work for an indefinite amount of time.  However, here in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, it is not uncommon for a Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income case to take up to two years from start to finish.  During this wait time, some people recover from their disabling condition and are able to return to work.  What happens to his or her case when this happens? 

Holidays can be Difficult for Those Filing for Disability

The holidays can be especially taxing for those without income. Many already struggle with providing every day food and medications for themselves or loved ones. With the holidays, comes a time, when family and friends, especially children, expect gifts that some just may not be able to afford. This is especially true for people filing claims for Social Security Disability and facing lengthy wait times on their claims.

Making the Switch from Social Security Disability to Social Security Retirement

Once you have applied for your Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) and have been found disabled, you will begin to receive your disability benefits. Many people wonder about the process of switching from disability benefits to retirement benefits once they hit retirement age. This is one thing that the Social Security Administration makes very easy. When you reach full retirement age, you will automatically be switched from disability to retirement. There is absolutely nothing that you need to do to switch to your retirement benefits. The automatic switch only happens once you reach full retirement age, not early retirement. The chart below indicates at what age you will receive retirement benefits.

Disability options for disabled individuals: part II

This blog recently discussed how disabled individuals can go about obtaining disability benefits. This blog will look a little more closely at the component parts of receiving benefits, such as the work history requirement, as they are important for disabled individuals to understand.

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