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It's Difficult Enough to Get Disability Benefits - Learn How to Keep Them

If you become so severely disabled that you can no longer work and if you are granted Social Security disability benefits, you may wonder if you have to do anything to keep those benefits. The general rule of thumb is that if you remain disabled to the point you cannot work, you are entitled to disability benefits until you reach retirement age. Your benefits will not stop coming at retirement age. Instead, you will no longer receive “disability” benefits but rather “retirement” benefits. The name changes, but the benefits do not.

Proponents of Social Security Disability Benefits Defend the Program

While those who lead the charge in advocating cuts to Social Security’s benefits programs, including Social Security disability benefits, insist that cutting these programs will help balance the budget, others disagree. Intent on preserving the system, Social Security advocates say that proposed cuts to the system will have little or no effect on the budget or the deficit.

New Programs Help Motivate Children With Disabilities

People with disabled children need extra income. Although they may be receiving aid from Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), there’s never enough to go around. With some medications costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month, and with Social Security’s benefits being based on income, the idea of helping your disabled teen achieve a work or education goal may seem impossible.

Opinions Differ When it Comes to Cutting Back on Social Security Benefits

More and more voices are calling for an overhaul of the Social Security system, and many are targeting Social Security disability benefits for scrutiny. Citing the need to “cut waste” in SSDI, representatives like Republican Mike Rogers of Alabama stress that the staggering size of the nation’s deficit demands stricter measures in distributing the nation’s tax dollars.

Proposed changes to SSI benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) changes Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from year to year, some years more than others. It is important to make sure you understand and keep updated on these changes if you are receiving SSI benefits. These changes are seldom very large, but a complete understanding of these changes will help to ensure that you take all of the necessary steps to qualify for disability benefits.

For ‘quarter of’ coverage, the earnings needed to earn one Social Security Credit changed from $1,220 to $1260, in 2020.

New Hope - Social Security Pushes for Electronic Records

Building on the positive momentum generated by SSA commissioner Michael Astrue's September announcement of the first decrease in pending Social Security Disability hearings in over a decade, the Federal government now seems to be making a big push towards a new method of increasing efficiency in healthcare: the implementation of electronic record keeping.


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