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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Can I ruin my Social Security Disability Case by working while waiting for a decision? Part 1

Can I ruin my Social Security Disability Case by working while waiting for a decision?

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Unfortunately, there is a long wait for a Social Security Disability hearing.  Which has a huge financial drain with some people.  With no incoming income or just welfare, many people are unable to pay for groceries, utilities, and rent.

A lot of people ask if they can get a job until they are approved for their Social Security Disability initial claim or appeal case.

Please keep this in mind Social Security’s definition of disability is you must miss 12 consecutive months of work due to your impairment.  However, if you attempt to go back to work while your disability case is pending then it may or may not be a problem.  Unfortunately, if you try going back to work for a few weeks or a few days. Then the judge will perhaps see it as unsuccessful work attempt that is due to your inability to work.  For example, if you stay working on a job for more than 3 months it will look like you have the capacity to substantial activity (work).

If you decide to go back to work a trial period then it will not count against your disability claim.

There are other problems you may need to know about deciding to go back to work.  Social Security Disability will examine your work ability and decides if you can work a full-time job.

Therefore you should have no problem with working a part-time. Correct?

WRONG!

Part-time work can cause a lot of problems on your Social Security Disability

Case:

If you can get and work a part-time job in a light duty type job. For example, a shelf stockier at a grocery store then Social Security may assume you are capable of working a full-time job at a less physical job requirement.  A part-time job work will be considered as a hard work level that may suggest you are able to work a full-time job at a lesser hard work level.

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Can I ruin my Social Security Disability Case by working while waiting for a decision? Part 2

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By limiting your working hours could be Social Security Disability Fraud.

Don’t take a job that is going to limit your income

If you earn more than $1,170 per month before taxes and deductions it will be considered Substantial Gainful Activity Amount (SGA) for 2017.  There are Social Security Disability regulations with some exceptions which mean you are not disabled.

If you reduce your working hours in order to earn less than SGA amount, is that okay?

By limiting your working hours could be Social Security Disability Fraud.  Fraud is classified as being able to work and earn Substantial Gainful Activity Amounts. But if you decide to reduce your earnings in order to stay below the SGA levels to remain eligible for Social Security Disability. You can be found guilty and have the risk of being prosecuted.  So be smart and do not do it, please.

Does working disprove your Disability Benefits?

Below is a quick example:

If you suffer from social anxiety disorder, you will have a hard time being around people.  While waiting for your Social Security Disability Appeal court hearing, you can get a part-time job as a customer service clerk.

Here are some recognizable problems here below?

  • The customer service clerk job is not substantial gainful activity.
  • And, there will be no issue of being able to work a job with the less physically demanding job.
  • No limiting earnings in order to keep income below $1,130.00 SGA level.

Nevertheless…….Social Security will be presumed to believe you are not able to work because you are unable to interact with co-workers, supervisors, and public when your entire job is interacting with people.

Unfortunately, you will have to explain this to the Social Security Disability which makes it harder to make your case.

These are a couple of possible problems with working while trying to get approved for your Social Security Disability case.

I do not want to discourage anyone from working while waiting for your Social Security Disability Appeal Case scheduled court date hearing.

However, there is no simple answer to the questions whether you should work while applying for Social Security Disability Benefits.  Unfortunately, each Social Security Disability case require a review of your job and individual impairments, so watch out for possible problems.

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How to Answer Questions at a Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Hearing: Part 4

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For instance, if your disability affected you handling your finances, concentration, focus, or memory loss.  This information is vital to the Administrative Law Judge because it would prove to have extreme difficulty in performing many types of jobs.

It will be helpful to ask a family member or friend who assists you to be a witness at your Social Security Disability court hearing or write a letter on your behalf and get it notarize.

Don’t Be Embarrassed to Discuss your Impairment

Whatever your impairment is, the Administrative Law Judge and the vocational expert will discuss any information that is highly personal at the disability hearing.  Often disability claimants feel understandably embarrassed by symptoms of their treatments they have experienced, procedures, test, and their disease.  It is common to be embarrassment especially with people who suffer from HIV or certain types of hepatitis, mental illness, or impairments that change lifestyle choices.

It is very important to remember that the Administrative Law Judges hear hundreds of testimonies a year from disability claimants with every believable disability, and it is the Judge’s job to decide whether you meet all the requirements for Social Security Administration’s definition of disability.  So set aside any embarrassment so you are able to provide the Judge with clear and accurate answers so your claim can be determined fairly. 

Be Honest and Don’t Overstate your Answers

This is very important, answer an Administrative Law Judge’s questions with honesty.  Do not make your symptoms sound worse than they really are because of having a better chance at winning your Social Security Disability claim.  However, overstating your disability can have an opposite effect.  Always remember the Judge’s hear hundreds of cases a year.  The Administrative Law Judge are trained well in recognizing when a claimant is magnifying the truth.

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How to Answer Questions at a Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Hearing: Part 3

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Be Prepared to Explain Bad Facts about Your Medical Records

Sometimes medical records can contain bad facts.  Unfortunately, bad facts can certainly hurt your case if not handled properly.  One common problem is when people suffer from chronic pain is excessive on pain medication.

In some cases, medical records may indicate the claimant suffer from narcotic dependency or suspicion of abusing pain medication.  The worst thing a claimant can do is deny the problem and blame it on the medical provider.  The best answer you can give is to be truthful about the problem with pain medication and you are getting treatment for the dependency that will switch or reduced medication to minimize the possibility of medication drug addiction.

Paint a Clear Picture of Your Everyday Living

Administrative Law Judges frequently ask disability claimants “how their lives change the onset date of your impairment.”  Give a detailed and descriptive answer to this questions because it can be quite helpful in winning your Social Security Disability claim, especially when a Judge is undecided about how to decide your case.  For instance, if you used to work in the garden, play cards with friends, no longer enjoy activities, go to church every weekend, you need to tell this to the Administrative Law Judge.  Also, explain how your disability has affected activities like watching television reading books or newspapers.  Describe how your chronic pain occurs with concentration to interact with people who are no longer can due to inactive activates.  These things are very important information for an Administrative Law Judge to know in order to give him or her an insight on how you may function in a job setting.

Let the Administrative Law Judge know you need help in your day-to-day life this is very important for the Judge.  For example, if you need assistance from friends or family members with any other activity of daily living, grocery shopping, bill paying, cleaning, laundry, describe what help you receive and how often do you receive help and why you need the assistance.

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COMPARING SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI) AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE (SSDI) Part 3

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Supplement Security Income (SSI)

SSI is managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA), is a cash assistance program available financially eligible for people who are over 64 years old, disabled or blind. Because SSI is not determined on your work history or based on financial eligibility, however, it is not a welfare insurance program. This definition is the same as disability applies to SSDI and as to SSI, if you are eligible for Supplemental Security Income Benefits will normally have an insufficient work history that meets the Social Security Disability Income requirements.

In order to be financially eligible for SSI, must be both resource eligible and income eligible. You must be income eligible and your countable income has to be less than the standard of need. For 2016, the standard of need is $733.00 for an individual and for a couple it is $1,100.00 per month. SSI countable income is unearned and earned income, also maintenance of any kind support provide to you. For example, payment by a friend, family member, or have a trust for utilities or rent, food, free room and board by certain limits.

If you received gifts of cash it will not count as unearned income. However, the first $20.00 of income given each month will not be counted. Additionally earned income can be $65.00 per month will not be counted if one-half of the earning is over $65.00 in any month is not counted. Countable income includes household members such as parents, minor child, spouse, with a countable income recourses of $2,000.00 or more per month is not eligible for Supplemental Security Income and gifts will affect your SSI eligibility.

SSDI recipients are different than receiving SSI will not be eligible for Medicare Coverage because they have not paid enough into the Federal System through work wages. However in most states, SSI applicants will automatically be eligible for Medicaid Benefits. In some other states, applicants must file for an independent application for Medicaid and have to meet requirements definition of disability.

Matter of fact SSDI and SSI are responsible by the same Federal Agency and for medical disability criteria, but they are very different programs.

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COMPARING SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI) AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE (SSDI) Part 2

Did you know you can go online to apply for your initial or appeal claim for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplement Security Income (SSI).

Did you know you can go online to apply for your initial or appeal claim for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplement Security Income (SSI).

history must have worked 5 years out of 10 years or have 20 out of 40 quarters, before the onset date of your disability. If you have very few work quarters is required for workers under the age of 31 however the standard of disability applies to you.

If you have a disability and worked the required number of quarters, then Social Security Disability Insurance can provide monthly cash benefits to you and to her or his eligible dependents. However, the amount will be the same to the workers who have used it and is waiting for the full retirement age to retire. If your Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits is terminated, then you are able to return back to work and gainful activity or reach retirement age will be eligible for your Social Security Retirement Pension.

SSDI is also available to certain disabled people who do not have a work history that belong to them, but have determine relationships to workers who are deceased, retired or disabled. For example, SSDI Benefits may be paid to a person who has been disabled previous to age 22 whose parent is retired, disabled, deceased, or to a disabled widow age 50 or over.

Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits only pay you when worked and paid into the SSDI system in a certain period of time your relatives can be eligible for SSDI for the insurance program which is not a welfare program. SSDI is not your needs based. Your assets or any other income will have no effect on eligibility for recipients of SSDI Benefits, and receiving gifts will not affect your eligibility. If you are eligible for SSDI Benefits for 24 months, then you are entitled to medical insurance under the Medicare program.

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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Social Security Disability Insurance is for people who have enough work credits history or either a blind or disabled which will receive a cash assistance program provide by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Social Security Administration will consider you to be disable, if you are eligibility for SSDI and if he or she is unable to perform substantial gainful activity due to mental impairment or physical impairment will have to last at least 12 recurring months or your illness causes death.

A list of certain impairments and illness is provided by federal regulations, for instance, the severity of your physical or mental illness has presumed a disability for Social Security Disability Insurance eligibility.

You probably find your impairment is not listed, if your illness is medically determinable impairment it will be classified as the severity of mental or suffers from several physical conditions are combined is to determine equivalent for those listed impairments for an individual would be disabled.

In order to qualify for you must prove your impairment causes you to be disabled and unable to work, the Federal law is a person must demonstrate your earnings to be $1,130.00 per month in wages that to consider to have substantial gainful activity and not disabled. In most cases a person who has income that is more than $1,130.00 per month will not and have a listed impairment and is not entitled to SSDI. If you are blind, then your earnings income can be $1,820.00 per month.

Furthermore, if you meet the requirements for being considered disabled and proving the inability to have a substantial gainful work activity, for those who are between ages 31 from 65 years old who is applying for SSDI benefits determine by your work

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SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY SECRETS PART 4

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who offers healthcare benefits.

This can create problems with people who are disabled and file a claim with the SSI or Social Security Disability (SSD) due to examiners base their decisions on medical records obtain by the applicant. Social Security Disability will need some sort of current medical documents evidence from your doctor because the disability examiner will have proof your illness that cause you from being able to work. Your medical documents can be within the past three months. It is possible to get your disability benefits even if you have not seen a doctor for any medical treatment for your illness.

Can I Request to see one of Social Security Disability Doctor’s?

However, if you lack of medical evidence in your file, you can request the disability examiner to schedule a consultative exam (CE) with a private physician. These exams are brief and rarely used as basis of approving your claim. Examiners will call or mail a letter to you stating when your consultative exam is schedule to be. Unfortunately, without any medical opinions from a physician it is very hard to approved medical treatment source, examiners will be unable to denial your claim.

Consultative exam is not prejudice against any disability applicants. The consultative exams are not Social Security Disability employees, they are paid to administer the examinations for your disability claims. However the Social Security Disability contracted the doctors to perform the CE’s and provide an opinion on a claimant’s ability to return back to work. The difference between a doctor/patient relations is the treating physician for their patient. The Social Security Disability treating physician act has an advocate who performs the consultative exam is providing a service to SSD and an examiner can close a case. During the consultative exam, make sure you informed his her about how your symptoms effects walking, standing, climbing stairs, sitting, and lifting and how it prevent you from working. Also, thoroughly explain how your mental illness effects you’re from no longer able to work.

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can utilize to treat your symptoms. For instance, if you use over the counter medications, and receive acupuncture, massage, therapeutic exercise or take medication to distress your symptoms, make sure to put the information in your application.

For Special Mental Illness Case

It is common for people to have mental illnesses and fail to seek or comply with treatment from the Mental Health Counselor. If you fail to keep your appointment or take prescribed medication for your symptom of mental illness, Social Security Disability should not hold you’re responsible for failure to seek or comply with treatment toward you. However, Federal courts have overturned denials for Social Security Disability Benefits cases on the fact your case was determine of being basis to your case. You can then ask Social Security Administration to reevaluation your application that was rejected due to being a mentally ill applicant that did not seek or comply with the treatment from their Mental Health Counselor.

If you are unable to see a doctor for your medical illness and not getting any kind of treatment, then you need to prove it to the Social Security Administration that it is severe. Also if you are not taking your prescribed or over the counter medication or getting treatment for your medical condition, Social Security Disability cannot determine your condition quickly can improve with medical treatment for illness, and when can you return back to work.

What If I Can Not Afford Treatment From A Doctor?

Unfortunately some people cannot afford treatment for their condition, and some people have healthcare insurance to go to regular doctor appointments are a luxury to them. Healthcare insurance for some people is not financially feasible for many working class or middle-class people, unless your spouse, or a family members work for an employer

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