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February 2019 Archives

Ways new scammers attempt to get your Social Security Number

If there's one thing that most of us are taught when we're first given our Social Security Number (SSN), it's to keep it private. Unfortunately, we don't always succeed in this. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently released a warning to consumers to avoid having both their SSNs stolen and bank accounts sucked dry.

What many consider as the most disabling mental health condition

The term "disability" is one that can be defined differently depending on the perspective of the person using the word. Mental health conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) classifies as disabling often have to be so crippling that they affect an individual's ability to function, even if special accommodations are made. Researchers have their own opinion about what is the most disabling mental health concern though.

Does chronic back pain qualify you for SS Disability?

The Social Security Administration has a long list of diseases and conditions that qualify applicants for the payment of Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI. Perhaps you sustained a spine injury a few years ago that resulted in the chronic back pain you suffer now. You are not able to work because of the pain. Are you eligible to receive SSDI?

What's process is used to determine who gets disability benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a five-step graduated vetting process to determine whether an individual has a qualifying disability. It has to prevent them from working before deciding if they should receive a monthly stipend to help them afford their basic expenses.