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Social Security Disability Archives

Electronic glitch delayed payments to some SSI beneficiaries

With over eight million people in the U.S., including many in Ohio, receiving social security disability benefits, the complexity of coordinating payments can be understandably high. Now, with the holidays approaching, it appears that some individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income have had to wait a little longer for their benefits to come.

Do I need to return SSDI benefits payments when someone dies?

The death of a family member, especially a close one, is hard enough. Ohioans going through the grieving process can find the sense of loss can be compounded when the surviving family members realize how much there is to do to get the person's affairs in order. For older people or those who were disabled and receiving benefits from the Social Security Administration, there is even more to think about. So what does the SSA suggest?

COLA raise not likely for Ohio SSDI and SSI recipients

Over 60 million Americans receive Social Security benefits in one form or another. A portion of those receive benefits because they are disabled and can't work. For example, in Ohio alone, in 2013, over 311,000 people received Supplemental Security Income. Because SSI beneficiaries tend to be a restricted pool of people compared to those who receive Social Security Disability Insurance, it stands to reason that an even higher number of Ohio residents receive SSDI. Unfortunately, for both categories of disabled individuals, it appears that their benefit amounts will not be going up next year.

What is a "closed period of disability" for SSDI purposes?

Applications for Social Security Disability benefits can sometimes take a long time for the Social Security Administration to process. Some people in Ohio will wait for over a year before their applications are finalized and they can begin receiving benefits. Because of this, a scenario may spring to the minds of some Ohio residents considering disability applications: What happens if a person's health improves such that they are not disabled by the time the Social Security Administration's process concludes?

You can receive SSDI benefits even if you are working

Previously, this blog has discussed the technical requirements in the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI and the workings of the Social Security Administration or SSA. The focus was generally on the ways individuals might show that one's disability is severe enough to prevent him or her from working, as this is the most common type of application. However, people who work part-time or are going to school may also be eligible for benefits under certain circumstances.

Ohio implements ABLE act accounts to help SSDI recipients

In June, the Ohio Legislature unanimously passed a bill that implements the savings accounts authorized by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) in the state. These accounts are a special kind of savings vehicle meant to help those who may be receiving benefits from programs such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to save money without losing their benefits due to asset limits.

Will the SSA review disability while you are receiving SSDI?

Let's say you became disabled some time ago, and find that your illness or injury prevents you from going to work. As you have been employed for quite a few years, you have paid into the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) system through payroll deductions. So, you go through the process of filing a disability claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA). You fill out the requisite forms, submit the necessary documents, perhaps submit to a medical examination. Maybe you are approved the first time, or you may have had to file an appeal and have a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. In any event, you have been approved, and you begin receiving your benefits. Is that it? Are you finished with the SSA?

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