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January 2014 Archives

What to expect during the SSDI benefit application process

The prospect of filing for Social Security disability benefits for illness can be daunting, and may in fact scare some away from ever seeking this form of assistance. While the Social Security Administration (SSA) has recently announced its intentions to make revisions to its practices, it’s unclear at this point how those changes will affect the application process. Yet even though the task may seem intimidating, the truth is that for many, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may represent the only way that they can survive financially. By knowing what to prepare for during the qualification process, one may be better equipped to handle any challenges that he or she is presented with in earning these benefits.

Over 100 charged in massive SSDI fraud scheme

Millions of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness, many of them right here in St. Louis. In many cases these afflictions keep them from enjoying the everyday aspects of life, such as working and supporting themselves. In such scenarios, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has made Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits available to help them while they’re away from work receiving treatment.

SSA announces changes concerning the SSDI program

The most common complaint that most in St. Louis hear about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is that the qualification system is flawed and in need of revisions. As external pressure has mounted recently to address concerns regarding fraud and abuse, and with a potential fiscal crisis looming over the SSDI program, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced plans to make changes to the current applicant evaluation process.

Pair pleads guilty to defrauding the SSA of over $100,000

For countless people in St. Louis and millions of others across the country, the benefits received from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) represent their only means of support immediately following a brain, neck, or back injury that inhibits them from working. Yet one must still remember that this program was not designed for long-term participation; recipients are only supposed to receive benefits while not being able to work. Once one is again able to work and support him or herself, he or she should contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) immediately to terminate benefits. Failure to do so can land one in hot water with the SSA.