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Tips that can help as you apply for Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability benefits may be warranted, but that doesn't mean the process is fast or easy. Experts warn that it can take months to apply and get a response initially, and it could take even longer if you're denied and have to appeal.

Is social security a pension plan?

People often think about social security as if it is a pension plan. You pay a tax, which is similar to a contribution. It goes into the plan. When you retire, you get payments. This is very similar to any other retirement plan and it's the reason people are sometimes glad to contribute, thinking that, as with other plans, their payments will be higher if their input is higher.

The Social Security Disability claims process is lengthy

Waiting for an administrative law judge to rule on your Social Security Disability (SSD) claim can be quite long. Sadly, as reported by the inspector general for the Social Security Administration (SSA), in 2016, 7,400 claimants died while waiting for a ruling on their cases.

Increase in personal needs money still not seen for some

The residents of The Clayton Residential Home, which is located in Lincoln Park, Illinois, are not happy. This facility houses mentally-ill individuals and is paid for out of these individuals' $735 (approximate) Social Security Disability (SSD) checks each month. The individuals receive between $30 and $60 of that money to spend on their personal needs, such as toothpaste, deodorant and soap. This is generally the only money these individuals get each month.

What are the main reasons people don't get SSD benefits?

The specific reasons that people don't get Social Security Disability payments naturally vary from case to case. However, in a more general sense, there are trends to these denials, which can help you see why the denials are made and what you can do about it.

Can I get disability benefits for having hepatitis C?

Those born between 1945 and 1965 have a higher than normal risk for infection with the hepatitis C virus. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all Americans born during that 20-year span get tested by their doctors to know their status.

Reasons your Social Security Disability benefits may be cut

When President Donald Trump took office back in January, he promised taxpayers that he would significantly reduce the amount of money the United States government pays out for Social Security Disability benefits. By the time July 2017 rolled around, his newly proposed budget reflected a reduction in disability payments by as much as $72 billion.