When applying for Social Security disability benefits, administrators reviewing your claim will take multiple variables into consideration. One of those variables is called Substantial Gainful Activity. What is Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) and how does it impact your Social Security disability benefits claim?
Substantial Gainful Activity – SGA
Substantial Gainful Activity is defined as any work that is performed for pay or […]
If you or a loved one is under the age of 65 and diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the disease will likely be classified in the early-onset stage. Fortunately, Social Security recently added early-onset Alzheimer’s to the list of Compassionate Allowance conditions. This list of conditions qualifies for fast track processing of the person’s disability application.
November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and […]
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). It is a time to raise awareness of the issues that affect Americans with disabilities and celebrate their many contributions to our workforce and our nation.
In the U.S., approximately 20% of adults have a disability. But, as this year’s theme for NDEAM points out, “My Disability Is One Part of Who I […]
There are many common myths about Social Security disability benefits. These misconceptions often leave those in need of benefits confused about what they qualify for and what to expect from the process.
Find out the truth behind these myths.
Myth: Everyone gets denied for disability benefits the first time.Fact: While many people who apply for Social Security disability benefits are denied the […]
Social Security disability recipients could face an automatic 19 percent reduction in benefits unless Congress acts quickly to replenish the system’s trust fund, according to the trustees that oversee both Social Security and Medicaid.
The trustees said the fund that provides these benefits is expected to run out of money by late 2016. When that happens, it will be up to […]
When evaluating a disability claim, the Social Security Administration will look at your ability to perform different types of work. For example, a claim may be denied because the applicant is found to be able to do “light work.” What does this mean?
The SSA classifies work by 4 different levels of exertion – sedentary, light, medium and heavy work.
Sedentary work […]
If your claim for Social Security disability benefits has been denied, one of the steps in the appeals process is requesting a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. During the hearing, the judge will ask certain questions of the SSDI applicant.
Before your scheduled hearing, you should prepare responses for the questions below. The questions can be extensive and require very […]
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two programs offered by the Social Security Administration that offer cash benefits to those who are disabled. The key difference in the SSDI and SSI programs are the qualifications required to be approved.
Social Security Disability Insurance is a cash benefit available to those who have physical or mental […]
The Social Security Administration gives disability claimants the option to appeal a decision if they believe that the decision is unfair. If you had a benefits claim denied, you may go ahead and request a hearing by the Social Security Administration. You can ask for a hearing in one of these ways:
You can apply online by logging onto the Social Security Administration website, […]
The Social Security Administration gives Social Security disability claimants who have had their claim denied an opportunity to appear at a hearing in which they can present their side of the case and establish a case for benefits.
The hearing is your chance to show that you are eligible for benefits and that you do not agree with the decision made in your […]