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Qualifying for SSD/SSI Benefits Archives

Plan to Achieve Self-Support work incentive program

A previous blog post discussed some ways in which Ohioans who continue to work, despite their disabilities, may continue to receive SSI benefits. Another important SSI work incentive is the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Plan to Achieve Self Support (PASS) program. PASS is for those who plan to achieve self-support and reduce their dependence on SSI/SSD benefits.

How does income affect SSI benefits?

The Social Security Administration provides supplemental security income benefits to those who are age 65 and older, blind or disabled and have little income or resources. Having income below state-determined income limits is one requirement for obtaining and retaining SSI. However, there are certain work incentive programs that allow recipients to continue receiving benefits while they are working if they meet certain SSA requirements.

An overview of eligibility requirements for SSDI benefits

Many people in Ohio who suffer from a disabling injury or illness want to know if they can obtain Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Questions of eligibility are often mixed with questions about the applications process. This post will summarize the general requirements and the steps necessary to qualify for SSD benefits.

Is everyone denied the first time they apply for SSD Benefits?

While the Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn't reject everyone, the truth is that the vast majority of people are denied the first time they apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Indeed, as reported in the SSA's 2015 Annual Statistical Supplement - the most recent year available - only 32.2 percent of applicants were approved in 2014, meaning nearly 70 percent were denied disability benefits.

A short review of SSDI eligibility requirements

This blog frequently how person in Ohio can receive Social Security Disability Insurance ("SSDI") benefits for a specific illness or injury. In this post, we want to step back a bit and review the general requirements for obtaining these very important benefits. These requirements fall into two broad categories: medical and employment. We will deal with the employment requirements first.

An overview of the SSDI claim evaluation process

For many people in Ohio who may be contemplating a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI benefits, the process used by the Social Security Administration or SSA often seems like a black hole - light goes in but none come out. In this post, we hope to provide some helpful illumination about how the SSA evaluates disability claims.

Meeting the medical requirements for SSD compassionate allowances

Ohio residents who suffer from certain medical conditions may have their Social Security disability claims expedited if the condition is so severe that it obviously meets disability SSD requirements. An award of disability benefits based on one of these conditions is called a compassionate allowance or CAL. CALs are not separate from Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income programs; rather, CALs provide an accelerated method for having a claim considered and approved.

Understanding SSI benefits

The United States Social Security Administration runs three programs that provide income to qualifying individuals. Most persons in Ohio understand ordinary social security benefits: persons who have paid money into the program through a tax on their income and who have reached the qualifying age are eligible to receive monthly benefits. Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are paid to persons who are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity. The third program is known as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and this program differs from the other two in several important respects.

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