SSA Announces Plan to Expedite Disability Claims Involving Certain Medical Conditions

Last month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) added 25 new Compassionate Allowances conditions, including a dozen cancers.  The Compassionate Allowances program expedites disability decisions for Americans with the most serious disabilities to ensure that they receive their benefit decisions quickly.  In SSA’s press release, Acting Commissioner, Carolyn Colvin, stated that “Social Security benefits are a vital lifeline for individuals who are facing severe diseases and we must ensure that they receive benefits they rightly deserve.”  Congressman Elijah Cummings ...

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Social Security Announces Plan to Expedite Veteran Disability Claims

On February 19, 2014, the Social Security Administration (SSA) unveiled a new initiative to expedite disability claims filed by veterans with a Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T).  Beginning March 17, 2014, SSA will treat such applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions.  The VA rating only expedites the disability claim processing and does not guarantee an approval for Social Security disability benefits.  Veterans must still meet SSA’s strict ...

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Social Security Disability Applicants Ask If Alcohol, Marijuana, or Other Drug Use Will Cause a Denial of Their Benefit Claim

When applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you may wonder whether admitting alcohol or drug use will cause a denial of your benefit claim.  Many individuals suffering from disabilities self-medicate with alcohol and drug use.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Disability, alcohol and drug consumption occur more often in persons with disabilities than in the general population.  The Office of Disability also reported that persons with any type of disability experience ...

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Social Security Disability Statistics for 2013

  • The Social Security Administration estimates that 1 in 4 of today’s
    20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching age 67.
  • Social Security provides more than just retirement benefits.  Of the
    $813 billion in Social Security benefits paid in 2013, 19% of total
    benefits went to disabled workers and their dependents, while survivors of deceased workers received 11% of total benefits paid.
  • Nearly 11 million disabled workers, spouses, and their children, ...
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Health Insurance Benefits for the Disabled

There are two types of Social Security Disability programs—Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  An individual qualifies for SSDI based on past work history; whereas, SSI is a needs-based program which determines eligibility based on financial assets and countable income.  In North Carolina, if you receive SSI, you are automatically covered for North Carolina Medicaid.  If you receive SSDI, you will be entitled to Medicare after a waiting period.

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4 Ways to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

1. Call Tien Law Firm at (919) 714-9779,

2. Fill out an online application at www.ssa.gov/disability,

3. Call Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213, or

4. Visit your local Social Security Administration office.

If you have any questions about the application process, contact us at (919) 714-9779.  We are happy to assist you.

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