Changes to Social Security Disability in 2017: Part 1

Social Security Disability Insurance Changes for 2017

Workers can earn four credits per year. For 2017 you now have to pay Social Security taxes on at least $5.200 in order to earn four credits. This is an increase of $160 compared from 2016. All SSDI recipients will get a 0.3 increase in their monthly SSDI payment in 2017.

Social Security Disability Insurance Changes for 2017. The Social Security Administration (SSA) conducts a financial review can affect disability payment amounts.  Also, qualification rules, and other areas of Social Security Disability every year.

Whenever a serious medical conditions occur from stopping you from working. Then you can apply for benefits through SSA’s disability programs.  The programs can help you get by with living expenses.  Sometimes it can be very tricky when qualifying.  That’s why it is a good idea to seek assistance. For example, a disability advocate or attorney even before starting your application process.

Social Security Disability Insurance Changes for 2017

In order to qualify SSDI. Requires a minimum of 20 to 40 work credits.  It dependents on your age when you became disabled.  Workers can earn four credits maximum per year.

In 2017 you must pay Social Security taxes on at least $5,200.  In order to earn 4 work credits per year.  The Social Security taxes have increased to $160 from 2016.  However, if you already sufficient work credits then this will not affect you.  But other adjustments will affect your SSDI.

  • All SSDI recipients will see a 0.3% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase in 2017.  The average person monthly benefit will be raised from $1,167 in 2016 to $1,171 in 2017.
  • Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) – in order to qualify for SSDI. An applicant cannot have an income from employment that exceeds the SGA level.  Changes in 2017 for SGA for the blind applicants is $1,950. However, the non-blind applicants can have an SGA of $1,170 per month.

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How to Answer Questions at a Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Hearing

Steps to successfully apply for Social Security disability

Feb 1, 2016 Roughly one-third of applications for Social Security disability benefits are ultimately approved. How to make sure yours is among them.

Social Security Disability

How many questions can you expect to ask, and how should you answer the Judge’s questions at a disability hearing.  Sometimes the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may not ask a claimant any questions, however, other times a Judge may ask you several questions.  Most disability appeal court hearings normally last under an hour and some can be very short as 15 minutes, so you can count on having no questions to answer for an extended time period.

The outlook of answering an Administrative Law Judge’s questions at a disability appeal hearing can be difficult even though you prepared well for it, get ready for the unexpected. There are important guidelines you can follow that will make the process smoother and increase you chance of getting approved for your Social Security Disability Claim.

Social Security Disability Questions and Answers

This is hard to believe but one of the most common mistakes a disability claimant makes during the hearing, especially when failing to answer the question asked by the Administrative Law Judge.  Try to avoid this by paying attention to what the Judge is asking you a specifically question then answers them in a sentence of two.  During the SSD appeal court hearing, it will be very helpful to take notes just in case you have to ask the Judge to restate or explain the question for you.

Don’t Ramble or Go Off the Subject when Answering a Question

The hearing process is a nerve-wracking experience for most claimants.  Many of us are under pressure and too prone to ramble on, it is important to prepare to provide a brief answer to the Administrative Law Judge’s questions.  This usually happens when Claimant answers questions with long-winded explanations that do not answer questions from Administrative Law Judge’s question, it may cause the Judge to stop listening and probably miss important information statements you made which will make him or her may become interrupted and irritated with you.

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