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Don't get lost in the SSA alphabet

For many of our Ohio clients, the Social Security Administration's (SSA) programs can certainly feel like the typical government alphabet soup of confusing acronyms. The SSA administers three programs, Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Each of these programs offers Americans a valuable financial benefit, but they are different and have their own rules and eligibility requirements.

Help for disable workers beyond SSDI?

In Ohio, the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI) was paying benefits to 378,923 individuals in 2012, or about 5.3 percent of the state's population at the time. This is higher than the national average of 4.7 percent, and not surprising, given the significant history of industrial jobs, like heavy manufacturing and coal mining, in the state.

SSDI growth appears to have stabilized

As many of our Ohio clients know, the process to obtain Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits is anything but straightforward. The complicated application requires a great deal of information concerning a worker's disability, with supporting medical documentation and additional information concerning their work experience and educational history.

SSA has another backlog

Congressional hearings this month again raised the question of how the Social Security Administration (SSA) is conducting its reviews of Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefit payments. According to the hearings, the SSA currently has a backlog of 1.3 million reviews that it needs to conduct.

Simple errors can stop SSDI payments

When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you have to complete a complex application form to submit to the Social Security Administration (SSA). The application allows you the opportunity to provide evidence to the SSA that will support your award of SSDI benefits.

Woman's legal and deserved Social Security denied

How would you feel if you found out that you couldn't get Social Security Benefits because someone has claimed that you're already receiving workers' compensation in Ohio? The two shouldn't be exclusive, but in this woman's case, she was denied for her Social Security Disability benefits because the office believed she was getting reparations from workers' comp. According to the April 2 report, the woman visited the Social Security Administration office to ask why her Social Security Benefits weren't arriving on the fourth Wednesday of the month as usual.

Do workers choose jobs because they can collect SSDI?

A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis found that workers in high-risk industries, such as construction and mining tend to save less than other workers. The authors of the study wondered if people who go into these lines of work are more interested in their current welfare, and therefore, save less.

A possible reform for SSDI that would help the disabled

For many workers in Ohio who develop a medical condition that impairs their ability to work, may feel left on their own. They may have lost a job because their impairment makes it impossible to continue in their trade, like a construction worker or a restaurant server who has injured his or her back. They may have developed a medical condition, such as lung cancer or heart disease leaves them absent too often or without the stamina to handle a 40-hour week.

Out of context, $3.2 billion sounds like a lot of money

A line buried in the president's budget will prevent a disabled worker who receives Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits and unemployment insurance benefits at the same time. Politicians have apparently decided that this is impermissible "double dipping" and it must be stopped to save taxpayers $3.2 billion dollars. Sounds good. Double dipping seems inherently unfair and $3.2 billion seems like a lot of money.

Veterans to receive faster review of SSDI claims

When people think of the government, they tend to think of it all being one big entity. It is not. Disabled veterans may believe because they have a disability rating from the Department of Veteran Affairs , that should translate to an automatic approval of a claim for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. After all, if the disability was good enough for the VA doctors, it should be good enough for SSDI claims examiners.

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