If you have a rare medical condition that is keeping you from working, you might be wondering how you can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict guidelines for disability benefits approval that are applicable to anyone with a medical problem preventing him or her from earning an income from work. The SSA uses the Blue Book, which is a medical guide, to determine whether an individual meets the criteria of being legally disabled and eligible for benefits.
To be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, you must prove that you are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). The Social Security Administration (SSA) will want to know that you are unable to earn more than $1,310 at any job in which you are “qualified for.”
This means that while your disability may prohibit you from performing at your most recent place of employment, you may have skills that can be used for another job.
December 1 marks the beginning of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week. The U.S. Senate passed a resolution on November 14, 2011, to help bring about more awareness on the illness. The week of awareness brings together the IBD community in hopes of raising recognition and educating others about IBD. Most hope to someday see a day without their illness.
If you've applied for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and received an initial rejection or denial of your claim, you have the right to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
If you are currently receiving long-term disability (LTD) through your employer or a private plan, you may be wondering about Social Security benefits.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program that provides cash payments to people who meet the definition of “disabled,” as laid out by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
SSDI is available to those who have worked long enough to accumulate work credits and thus are considered” insured” through the government in the event of disability.