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Social Security Disability Wait Times

Social Security wait times for disability determinations are excruciatingly long. Initial applicationand appeal decisions vary in processing times, and waits may differ depending on the localoffice. Below is an idea of how much time, on a national average, it takes for an applicant toreceive a decision from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Filing an Initial […]

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Why you need to appeal: Current SSA Disability Benefit Approval Rates

There are four levels of appeal if your initial disability claim is denied. Most of the time youhave the option of submitting a new application rather than appealing, but if you have a strongdisability claim and a detailed initial application you should consider appealing your case. As shown in the snapshot below, only 38% of

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New Change to SSA’s Past Relevant Work Benefits Claimants

Starting on June 8, 2024, SSDI/SSI disability applicants will only have to provide SSA with afive-year work history instead of the previous fifteen-year requirement. SSA looks at Past RelevantWork (PRW) to determine what job skills an applicant has, and what if any of those skills aretransferable to other jobs. The rule change benefits applicants in

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Social Security Disability Benefits and COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

The U.S. Treasury announced that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Social Security retirement and survivors and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will qualify for automatic payments of $1,200. From the US Treasury Department. These payments do not come from the Social Security Administration. Recipients should receive the automatic payments by direct deposit, Direct Express debit

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Return to Work Programs for Individuals Receiving Title II SSDI Benefits: Part II: Extended Period of Eligibility

In Part I of this multi-series blog post we discussed that the Social Security Administration offers a variety of return to work incentive programs for you to try returning work without losing your benefits. Trial Work Period (TWP) was the focus of the last post. This month we discuss the Extended Period of Eligibility. Extended

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Return to Work Programs for Individuals Receiving Title II SSDI Benefits: Part I: The Trial Work Period

Claimants often ask: Can I try to return to work without losing my Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits? The answer is YES! The Social Security Administration offers a variety of return to work incentive programs for you to try returning work without losing your benefits. In this post, I discuss the Trial Work Period

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Applicants Denied Social Security Disability Benefits Struggle in the Labor Market

New research by Mathematica’s Jody Schimmel Hyde and April Wu confirms what many of us in the Social Security Disability field, already know. That is, older applicants (defined as 50 or older) struggle in the labor market if they are denied Social Security Disability benefits and try to return to work. This disproves the common

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Indianapolis Man Turns To Panhandling While Waiting on His Social Security Disability Claim

It’s no secret that the wait time from when you apply for Social Security benefits is outrageously long. See my blog post here regarding estimated wait times for each level of the appeal process in Sacramento. While most applications are processed within three to four months, it’s not unheard of for an application to take

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