SSI

I Am on SSI, Can I Get SSDI Too?

by Patrick Spencer March 23, 2012
Can I get SSDI benefits?

We had a recent question from a reader: Q: I have been approved for SSI, but I really would like to get on disability instead. A: Unfortunately, unless you are insured for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI), there is nothing an attorney can do you get you on SSDI. There are certain requirements that […]

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Congress is Suspicious of Children’s SSI Claims

by Patrick Spencer February 1, 2011
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A Massachusetts state representative has requested a congressional hearing to discuss the potential abuse of Social Security disability benefits (SSI) for children and teens. Poor Follow-up on Child Disability Claims One of the complaints about the current child disability system is that once a child is approved for benefits there is usually little to no […]

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How Does Social Security Decide Disability for a Child?

by Patrick Spencer April 27, 2010
children's SSI

Deciding whether a child is disabled is very different than it is for disabled adults. With adults, we have to prove that they cannot work. Children, on the other hand, are compared to other children their age to determine how limited they are by their medical conditions. The three things Social Security looks at are: […]

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I Have Applied for Both SSDI and SSI Benefits, How Will My Benefits Be Calculated?

by Patrick Spencer April 8, 2010
Calculation of past-due Social Security benefits

If you have applied for both SSDI and SSI benefits, and get approved by Social Security, you will probably wait longer to get your past-due benefits than someone who is getting only SSDI or only SSI. Here are some things to keep in mind while SSA calculates your past-due benefits: Both programs will calculate the […]

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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 […]

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