After You’ve Been Approved

Ask A Lawyer: Medicare and Social Security Disability

by Patrick Spencer June 27, 2012
Ask a lawyer about Medicare and disability

Q: Is there a way that Medicare should be picking up medical bills from the time an application is sent for review to the time one can be approved for Medicare? A: Once you are approved for Social Security disability benefits, you do become eligible for Medicare. But you, like most people, will have to […]

Share
Read the full article →

Ask a Lawyer: Can I receive SSDI for my new disabilities without interfering with my current payments?

by Patrick Spencer June 16, 2011

Q: Can I receive SSDI for my new disabilities without interfering with my current payments? I am currently receiving SSDI for Bipolar disorder, and have been for about 6 years now. My question is: about three years ago I was diagnosed with bone spurs and osteoarthritis in my spine, and just recently diagnosed with diverticulitis. I was wondering […]

Share
Read the full article →

No More Paper Checks for Disability Recipients

by Patrick Spencer September 9, 2010
Paper check from Social Security

Currently, Social Security recipients can receive their benefits either by direct deposit or paper check. But there is a change coming in the near future that you should be aware of. If you apply for Social Security disability benefits on or after March 1, 2011 you will be required to sign up for direct deposit […]

Share
Read the full article →

How Much is SSDI Increased Every Year?

by Patrick Spencer April 20, 2010
COLA, increase

SSDI is increased each year according to the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for that year. Social Security law states that benefits will increase automatically each year if there is an increase in inflation. (In general, the COLA is equal to the increase in the Consumer Price Index. If there is no increase in the Consumer […]

Share
Read the full article →

All Income You Receive Will Affect Your SSI Benefits

by Patrick Spencer March 19, 2010
SSI benefits are affected by your wages.

One of the primary differences between Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is that SSI is needs-based. This means that any increase in your income, temporary or not, can reduce the amount of money that you will receive from Social Security. What types of income can reduce my benefits? Any wages you earn, Any self-employment income, Other […]

Share
Read the full article →