New Rules For Mental Disorders

Rules regulating Social Security’s disability programs are plentiful. There are rules about timelines, there are rules about payments and most importantly there are rules related to disabling conditions that qualify for disability benefits. As you might expect, these rules change, although not that often, but beginning Jan. 17, 2017 there will be some significant changes… Read more »

Libertarian Party Platform Calls For Abolishing Social Security

Understanding that few “reasonable” people seem to be less than enthusiastic about supporting either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for president, other options should be looked at, but those who look into other options, especially Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, may be surprised by what they find. Some Libertarian Party ideas may seem refreshing, social… Read more »

Two Different Award Letters Possible In Disability Claims

Sometimes it is difficult for disability claimants to understand that Social Security has different types of disability programs available. A disability claim generally consists of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Although these are both types of Social Security disability programs it’s important to understand that two different people are… Read more »

Social Security May Be Key To Democratic Presidential Victory

The first presidential debate is scheduled for today, September 26. It is estimated that there could be as many as 100 million people tuning into tonight’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, which would make it the most watched debate of all time. There are likely to be some fireworks tonight, but it is… Read more »

The Dangers of Receiving Overpayments

The majority of people who’ve gone through the process of trying to apply for Social Security disability benefits know how difficult it is to finally start collecting benefits, so it may be somewhat of a surprise that some people actually collect more money than they are entitled to from Social Security. Occasionally Social Security will… Read more »

Notice of Decision – Partially Favorable, What’s that?

There are two types of partially favorable decisions. One is for a closed period of disability. The other is for an alternative disability onset date. A closed period of disability means the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) finds that you have been disabled for only a certain period of time. You will be paid benefits for… Read more »

When Did Social Security Disability Begin?

If history lessons have taught us anything, we should all know the impacts of the Wall Street Market crash of 1929, which led to President Theodore Roosevelt being elected and the enactment of some social and government safety nets for Americans prior to which none were available. In 1935, the Social Security Act was passed… Read more »

What is Private Disability Insurance?

Many times Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is confused with private disability insurance a worker receives through an employer. It is important to know that these are two programs are different entities and just because you receive payments through either a short-term or long-term private disability insurance plan, it does not guarantee you Social Security… Read more »

The Latest With Social Security

We realize it may be a stretch for ordinary people to want to keep up with the comings and goings of the Social Security Administration, but sometimes circumstances permit where someone does want to follow the latest news regarding the agency due to a possible retirement or disability interest. This blog is an ongoing piecemeal… Read more »

Dueling Hearings On Social Security

Two different congressional committees scheduled hearings on two different topics related to Social Security. The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing Sept. 14 on maximizing Social Security benefits and the particulars on what people need to know. The gist of the hearing was to explain that Americans can maximize their Social Security retirement… Read more »