Keeping our Disability Programs Updated

elderly woman on computerAs we continue to reflect on the 60th anniversary of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) this year, it’s worth noting some of the ways the program has evolved over time. A lot has changed since DI started in 1956! We continuously work to ensure our programs keep pace with rapid changes in medical care, healthcare delivery models, assistive technology, and workplace requirements.

  • Medical care: Our disability programs have strict eligibility criteria, and beneficiaries must have severe impairments. For many of the most severe impairments, we rely on comprehensive listings of disabling conditions to make our disability decisions. We update the listings periodically to keep pace with advancements in medical care and assistive technologies. This year, we published comprehensive updates to the medical listings for respiratory, neurological, and mental disorders.
  • Technology: Medical records are essential for making our disability determinations, and each year we make nearly 15 million requests for records from healthcare providers and organizations to make medical decisions on about three million disability claims. Now, participating healthcare organizations send us medical records electronically through health information technology. With electronic records transmission, we can obtain medical records in seconds or minutes. That lets us obtain a claimant’s medical record, review it with the aid of automated decision-support, and make a determination faster than ever before. We currently can receive electronic medical records from about 7,000 healthcare facilities across the country, and are adding new providers and facilities on an ongoing basis.
  • Healthcare delivery: Because we rely heavily on medical evidence, we adjust our policies to keep up with changing healthcare delivery models. For example, we’re looking into the types of medical professionals that frequently provide care, and are considering whether telehealth – such as providing healthcare consultations remotely by video – might improve the medical evidence we can gather for certain populations.
  • Updating Vocational Information: By law, we consider an applicant to be disabled if their medical condition prevents them from doing any job in the national economy, given the applicant’s age, education, and work experience. That means we need detailed information about the physical and mental requirements of a wide range of occupations in the national economy. We work with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to update this information and keep pace with the changing world of work.

We’re proud to live up to our mission to “deliver Social Security services that meet the changing needs of the public.”

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128 thoughts on “Keeping our Disability Programs Updated

  1. I would like to know about any new information about SSDI. Is it possible to be eligible for a upgrade? I have been on SSDI from 2000, is my amount of money final?

      • Good luck with getting increases. I hardly ever get an increase & when I do they increase how much they take out for Medicare so this year they gave us 0.3% increase which all went to the Medicare & we didn’t get a penny more in our check. Its a big joke that they think we can live on the little bit they give us. I can’t afford to pay for my meds without using cc. Good luck. I really wish I was able to work but I can’t. I can’t even function like a normal person. I’m trying to shop for the holiday & I can’t even walk thru the stores.

  2. the rich people need to help us poor american people out then we poor people wouldnt have to beg,plead,ask for help all the time or do you rich congress and the rich people like to see poor americans beg,plead,and ask for help so you people can laugh at us. you people must think we poor americans are funny when we beg,plead,and ask for help and all we get is im sorry cant or want help huh! its not funny because ive done my share of asking for help and get turned down.do you people think thats funny? i dont. its down right a pity, a shame and a disgrace to be an american.

    • Why should the “rich” pay for you. They have worked just as hard as anyone else. I am barely making ends meet but I would NEVER think I am entitled to anything that I didn’t work for.

      • I agree with Linda….. I don’t feel that just because someone has worked hard for their wages, that they are supposed to turn around a give it away to someone that says “I’m poor. I beg and plead for money.” If you deserve financial help, there are programs that will help people that are truly entitled and qualify for financial help. Jo Ann James makes it sound like anyone that is doing well, should mail her money…. just because??????

          • No, what you get is based upon a formula which considers what you paid in but what you receive is not yours. Moreover, what difference does it make?

          • In 3 years of disability you will use up all the money you put in. So the people who are working are paying for you.

          • I DUNT UNNERSTAN,,,,,,
            I NEVER PUT ON EXTRA MONIES SO THAT I COULD GET DIDSABILIuncle frankieTY, WISHED I DID, AS I HAVE R/A, AND CANNOT WALK ACROSS MY YARD, SURE COULD USE AN EXTRA $325. MONTHLY!

          • There are people on ssi receiving disability who never worked or paid taxes, so you are part wrong.

        • The way taxation works is that people pay taxes to finance those things necessary for the good of the people and the country. This concept is especially difficult for today’s Americans, but this is how societies/nations function. We pay for roads we don’t personally use, schools we don’t personally attend, fire services we might never need, an extreme military budget that we might deeply oppose. This is a grownup responsibility.

      • It is not about entitlements! It is about a program that have worked since 1956, that every tax payer agree to pay into and benefit from.

        • Yes, Social Security/Medicare are entitlements, by definition. I don’t know what you think that word means, but an entitlement is a benefit for which on becomes eligible upon meeting certain conditions, such as reaching retirement age. If you live long, or need major medical care, you will get back far more in benefits than you, personally, paid in. We have aid programs for the disabled who were either never in the workforce, or became disabled before retirement, because most people are not selfish beasts who would rather see fellow citizens suffer and die.

        • Yes Hwvr they keep changing the contract which is very confusing .
          I’d love to know the difference between 1990 and 2019 Trust status changes . I’m Very Very confused and I Can’t find Any affordable dental for WV ..very frustrade too

      • Linda ,working class ,not the rich ,are paying for America on their back the rich and the poor ,have totally put all the burden on the worker.The fact that the finger points to the poor always makes me laugh .The rich do not pay .Ask Trump,he would be a fool if he did not take those IRS brakes.

      • Not true. Many rich people, like Trump, the Kochs and other billionaires were trust fund babies and didn’t need to work a day in their lives. Others created innovations, particularly in the tech sector. Many of these billionaires have trusts to help those in need.

    • No, but admittedly, since the Clinton admin. it has become cool to ignore our poverty crisis. For the seriously ill/disabled, conditions became all the more difficult, but that’s a complicated issue, and we’re in an era of “Keep it simple.” Beyond this, some HAVE been trying for years to shine a spotlight on America’s poverty crisis. The US shut down/shipped out a huge number of jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare aid in the 1990s, and Americans pretend there are no consequences.

      • Playing the blame game of who started the problems will not cure the ills of this Nations. What we need is Politician on the Federal and State levels of Government to fix the situation.

        • In order to understand the problems, it helps to look back at how we reached this point. What some call “the blame game,” others call “accepting responsibility.”

        • I agree. The politicians of the Federal and
          state need to pay their fair taxes and the President of the United States need to pay his fair taxes. The new incoming president of the United States need to share his or her taxes as any other citizen would. If you want to make America great again, show a positive example that you believe in the American way

          • I totally agree Gladys. Everyone should pay their fair part. I think theres more to it. President Trump isnt in office yet so taking a shot at him as a citizen is pointless
            What does need to be addressed is the theiving and corrupt administration who spends taxpayers money for everything else like its their own bank account.
            How many Americans do you know of that spends 42Million on their vaccations? Now times that by 6 since thats how many FAMILY vaccations the Obamas have taken. Not to mention all the other side trips to other countries that weve paid for because they “Needed to get away”.
            Or how many grandmothers do you know that get paid 160.000$ a year for supposedly babysitting their grandkids? Which i might add are in high school and college. None that i know of gets paid that,since grandmothers will babysit because they love and want to spend time with them,is payment enough. I guess it wasnt enough Michelles mother has been living in the White House for the past 8yrs on the taxpayers. With all their money im sure she could of got her own place. So that is unjustified as far as im concerned. But for her to continue to receive that kind of money for the rest of her life is even more of an unjustice to the American taxpayer,and for doing what? Nothing!!! Times that money wasted on her for 10-15 more years when to be fair that kind of money would be better used for our Vets-homeless-elderly,education,school lunches that our children can actually eat. The list is longer than route 66.
            So you dont see anything wrong with illegals and refugees obama has approved monthly benefits from anywhere between 2,000-5,000 in SS and housing,food stamps,medical and transportation?
            You must think its absurd that an American would ask for alittle more to come their way since theyve been a taxpayer most of their lives?
            This is where you say”Lets Make America Great Again”

          • Have you noticed that President Trump is working for no salary? JFK was the last President to do that. We would have more money for the poor if federal Congressmen did not get free health care and a salary for life, even after serving one term. If the politicians had to follow the same federal rules the rest of us do, everything would be fairer.

      • I need help and I feel like I just can’t get it no matter what I did to try it seems like I get push-back father and father please try to help me look over my paper work thank you

          • I need help and I feel like I just can’t get it no matter what I did to try it seems like I get push-back father and father please try to help me look over my paper work thank you

          • sounds like farther and farther is the terminology meant to be used “not” father.

          • Peggy, what difference does it make whether he used the right word for what he meant, the reader understands what he is saying. What is your real point?

        • You need to hire an attorney that is a specialist in social security benefits.
          The cost of the assistance from that help is worth it, especially once you realize that you no longer have the stress of trying to get everything that is required by the social security determination board.
          Attorneys who specializes in ssdi knows what, when & how to proceed with your application or appeal for ssdi benefits for you to receive the maximum amount that you are entitled to without further delay.
          In the end the judge makes the final decision on the total amount your attorney is allowed to receive for their assistance with your claim.
          In other words say the attorney submits a bill to you that is out of the “norm” or what the law says they are entitled to take from your benefit award package, the judge reviews the Attorneys submitted fees.
          If the judge thinks the fee is too much or that the lawyer is taking too much from your award he can “override” that total amount, he can decide what the attorney Will be ALLOWED to be paid for his services in your claim. Period.
          So do not let the costs of an attorney deter you to get the HELP you are seeking.

          • Thank you for your comment Nanachristy. Prior to charging or collecting a fee from a claimant for services provided in any proceeding before the Social Security Administration (SSA), a representative generally must obtain SSA’s authorization. Please visit our “Fee Agreement Process” web page for complete information.

        • You really think that the little amounts that social security disability gives people that are disabled makes them not wanting to work? HA. If i could work I could. Sorry but 964 in SSDI and 16$ in food stamps is hardly enough. If i could work i’d be happy to but sadly I cannot.

          • Unfortunately a lot of emotion and little knowledge being bandied about. 60 years ago Congress thought people could save, they would have a pension and have social security. It was not meant to live on. The idea that the Clintons started the end of the welfare state is absurd and uninformed. It started with Carter, picked up with Reagan, and since the Clintons had few principles other than staying in office, they were GOP-lite. Bush was awful and Obama had no cooperation. The point of all this: you probably voted for lots of these folks thinking you could magically cut the budget and get rid of the deadbeats. They can’t believe their good fortune at your appalling lack of understanding.

            Social insurance is like any other insurance: funds are collected and administered to those that have the right to claim. To think that social security is a form of welfare is sheer dishonesty, yet you just voted in a President and House that believes just that and will pursue that agenda. Ridding us of social security is as dumb as getting rid of auto insurance, homeowner insurance or health insurance. The only difference is the animus that goes against any involvement by government. Voting has consequences. Good luck with what you fell for in voting for “Make America Great Again”.

    • Disability payments were not the original intent of social security at all! That should have been a separate program with its own funding. Instead last year the government quietly took away file and suspend from people who had worked and waited for years to follow the rules finally get it. Now instead of complaining about not getting enough their going to get nothing! The money was taken from them and given to people on disability. I have a friend who has a twenty something son on disability who could do something but instead lays around the house all day smoking and playing video games when he isn’t abusing his mother. I’m 65 and work full time no matter how I feel. I quest I’ll just have to continue to work until I die to support people like this that game the system.

    • Maybe there’s another country that you would like to live in other than the US. You are free to leave at any time. And please do. You can apply for a permit to wherever in the world that you think would be a good place for the government to pay your way through life. And where the money flows freely onto the streets so that. Did you know there is such places in the world where everybody earns the same pay. Whether your an ashamed ex American or a doctor or a trash man, or even an ashamed ex American, they all get paid the same. No upper class or lower class. Sound good to you? Your not the only person to think so. Your rant followed suit with a long list of famous people. Kim Jong Il, Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler, just to name a few, all shared the same ideology as you do. There’s even a name for that type of structured government. It’s called communism, or socialism. By the way, a few countries that live under the thumb of a totaltarion government in a socialist society include N Korea, Russia, and China. Germany used to, but unfortunately for you, the. Allies including the US won that war. By the way, more 60,000,000 people died because of that war. That’s nearly one third of the human race at that time. Anyway, hopefully I helped you find a new country that you can call home…without feeling ashamed about it. Just a helpful hint, learn about whichever country that you choose BEFORE YOU GO. Because, the news, the internet, books, television, and every other possible source of information are all tightly controlled by the local government. Actually, there isn’t much that isn’t controlled by the government that oversees, or forces upon its population. And you wont have to worry about your favorite presidentialcandidate loosing the latest election. There is no such thing as voting, elected officials, or any other personal choices or freedoms for you to worry about. Everyone does the same thing, every day all day and live their lives as the non elected government tell them to. And no reason to be ashamed about anything once you get there because everybody is poor and there is no chance to work another job, because you do the job that is appointed to you for life. Have fun! You will be able to hold your head up high soon because you wont have to be an ashamed American for much longer. Open your eyes people. Look at the world from a collective point of view and put together your own perspective on life. Repeating what you heard someone else say because you thought it sounds cool especially when you don’t know what your talking about is, well…..SHAMEFULL.

    • I do agree with you they really don’t care I’m on ssdi was getting 1590 a month and now getting $663 because of spousal support I was on the job market for 25 years for the Portland public schools and had to retired early and had to get a knee replacement on my left and will need it done on my right knee and now have to take the ex wife to court to try to get the court to stop the spousal my ex wife used me for money and was married and I been paying the ex wife she never report it so I being going crazy on this so I have court this month on 11-28-2017 and hope my attorney help me on this crazy spousal support it been over 12 years since on paying I was married for 25 years I did work 16 hours a day trying to make it easy for me but was over work.

    • maybe its time we lived together in affordable housing, instaed of alone it would be good for our mental health too having someone to talk with and care. the apt still could charge 30% of the higher income so you split that in half look how much is saved back into your need;s such as your health, pills or whatever you need. its an idea and i feel a good one.

  3. Aloha:
    Why is the eligibility for SSDI limited up to age 64? Is there no exception for age restrictions? Appreciate your reply. Happy Holidays

        • Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. Certain people younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare, too, including those with disabilities and those who have permanent kidney failure. Visit http://www.Medicare for general information.

    • you are considered retired at age 65 0r 66 yrs of age depending on what year your born. The benefit amount doesnt change when you go from SSDI to retirement age.

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  4. I am collecting SSDI, is it possible to collect more money off my ex-husband record. We were married for 20 years. I am now 62 years old.

    • Hi Jennifer, When you go on regular social security at 65 yrs old, I would ask SSA to do a benefit check to see which is the higher amount.Your deceased husbands earnings or your own.SSA is supposed to give you the higher of the 2 amounts. Hope this helps.widows benefit or your own salary.

    • Check with SSA and see if it would be to your advantage to file on your husband’s record. Do it now, don’t wait until you are 65 or 66.

  5. I will be off SSDI in April since I turn 65. Presently I am working one day per week. Is there a limit on what I can earn before it will affect my SS benefits starting in April?
    I guess what is the SGA (substantial gainful amount) for 2017? Thank you!

    • Hi Kathy, Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries attain their full retirement age. Please note that for individuals born after 1937 their full retirement age is older than 65. The monthly Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) amount for 2017 is $1170 ($1950 for statutorily blind individuals). We recommend that you read our publication “Working While Disabled – How We Can Help”, to learn more about the special rules that make it possible for people receiving Social Security disability benefits to work and still receive monthly payments. Thanks!

      • You are working for your money you worked for , its disadvantage program . you get no more you get less read everything fine print before you make a decision. They make it sound good n fact its not, why be someone’s ninny please read everything , I’m sorry I believed that it was about help its manipulation, a feather in their cap. So done and I’m 58 on disabled and work 3 x w week for 15.00 in food stamps and they condstaley take more and more now its a overpayment 9000.00 go figure and I have a pro bono attorney that specilizes with this and so much more . call legal service in your state. County I continue to fight I’m getting tired . Its to much I have worked and put in ok .

  6. Why don’t we make an amount each month to support us on SSDI? There is a number for people to collect other benefits because their amount each month is to low. How much is to much to be considered to be welfare level? Or the line of poor property level ? Say like the military does it with time and service. Then everybody knows what’s going on.

    • What do you consider “welfare level?” Our former AFDC provided roughly $400 per month (depending on the state) for a family of two (one parent, one child). As I recall, General Assistance benefits for a single adult were under $200 per month. Americans said this was excessively generous, enabling the welfare recipients to buy designer clothes and big screen TVs.

      • What is really pathetic is dreamers are likely getting Foster care special needs because of a host of reasons. They have got deep in our social security HHS programs by requiring you are bilingual. They even pay foster care for illegal adults. I’m thinking President Trump knows what they are doing and this is being investigated. It’s also illegal what they are doing. They are playing with loopholes scamming Americans deeply. Like a family of three Foster kid’s pays around $1200 per child plus food and clothing allowances. A American family doesn’t get Foster care because they have to report the mother in the household so here this family where I am gets maybe $475 a month cash, medical and food. One consideration for getting a pass for America is you haven’t used our American citizens safety net. I’m sympathetic as anyone but sorry, we’d been had. You could be ever so nice with thousands coming in the household Free thanks to our middle class American workers. The more I see Americans suffering the less sympathetic I feel for people sent here to break the government down and then we’re socialist or communist state. This is why TRUMP got mad at elite and finally ran for America. They have beat this man’s family down, accuse him of horrible things. I’ve watched Donald Trump succeed then fail and pick himself back up. All legal regardless of what the establishment elite try to fake media play on your emotions. Trump, like myself came from a era where there was a real prejudice was openly happening. My family was told a man who helped my Dad in the pits racing dirt track. We could come in but he has to eat outside back. Of course we left. It’s not against the law to be prejudice or racist but it’s not nice. Trump wants to try to get people working jobs and over time we will UNITE. It’s been difficult for everyone middle class and down. Illegals play a big part of this. They are taking billions of dollars that should be used for Americans. Special education. Our children are not being educated properly. It’s been getting worse every year. Why do the over 800,000 refugees Obama snuck in by parcel planes all last year get Social security and Medicare-medicaid? These benefits are for Americans who work their whole lives paying into unless they become disabled. I suppose knowing this CLINTONS would have broke our safety net really quick. Refugees aren’t supposed to stay forever. When their country becomes safe they are supposed to go home and get back to their lives. These refugees have been at war with our soldiers. Do you have any idea what this effect is on many of our service members? Do you think about the stuff I’m telling you? I’m disabled and loved working. I was doing social work and I loved helping people. I made it my daily driver to help people know there’s alternatives to being on welfare. There’s people who really need help.

        These are just my opinion and the way I understand things are and hopefully our President is able to achieve his vision for helping Americans who have been left behind especially and hopefully ganglands. But the people there will also need to help him with this. They will need to protect any businesses that come there like it is your beloved family. They will be taking chances on you in areas like this. Good jobs will make a big difference for everyone. If the 84 million not working were working things would naturally turn around because you have more people paying in. If we get the programs fixed we can get rolling. Trump has given the message he laid out on his address to Congress. People who listened to him speak would be able to pick up the lies and see how clips presented were not what he was saying. The message is one any American regardless of party should agree with, it’s common sense. My prayers and besides helping kids in schools to create environment they can learn right I asked him to help get safety to the children, Mom’s and Dad’s all people who are trapped. It’s been wrong and a promise made to the people there for decades. They get trapped as children in the cycle. It’s gone on so long they think it’s normal. And it is for them. Even the elderly grew up with this no hope situation. But you have to work and get the ball rolling. Let little business survive and hopefully your kids can get little jobs after school a couple days a week for spending money and hopefully save at least $25 a month forever. When you get a raise you increase your savings by a little. Over time this grows. There’s barely any reason you should touch this money. Bail definitely isn’t a reason unless it’s your child who is for sure innocent. Hoping for the best for all Americans. God bless you and my prayers are people give things a chance and just try to smile or even hold the door for someone you wouldn’t normally do. Keep your good deeds to yourself and little by little your self esteem picks up. You will feel your value. If you are prejudice maybe you could try to find some good in others, or not. It’s your choice.

  7. I feel that SSA should be equally important as anyone else with a disability and trying to get on it. Maybe we need to look at the ones who are avusing the system.

    • No one is abusing the system. If you read any of this, you will see that qualification requirements are extremely stringent. Having a disability alone doesn’t qualify one for SSDI or SSI. It must be medically established that the disability is so severe as to make gainful employment impossible. Cases are regularly reviewed to determine if the condition has improved.

  8. Why can’t you switch from social security disability to social security retirement at age 62 instead of 65 and also switch from my social security to my husband social security at age 62

    • Thank you for your question Nancy. Under current law, individuals can only apply for disability benefits before they reach their full retirement age. For individuals born after 1937 their full retirement age is older than 65. When a person begins to receive benefits at age 62 or prior to their full retirement age, their benefits are reduced. The reduction factors are permanently applied to all of the benefits the person may qualify for, including spouse’s benefits. Remember, if someone is eligible for both, his or her own benefit and for benefits as a spouse, we always pay their own first. If their spousal benefits are higher than their own benefits, he or she will get a combination of benefits equaling the higher spouse benefit. Also, disability payments are established at the highest rate possible, meaning that you get a higher monthly benefit amount. For specific questions, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and speak with one of our representatives. Thanks.

    • That was 0.3% which is less than 1/2 percent increase. You will not even get a 1% increase my friend. Take a look again. You are lucky to get anything in your check. My check doesn’t change at all. I get nothing extra next year. And I’m struggling like heck now.

      • I did not receive a cost of living increase of any amount or a bonus. I work and go to school full time. Cost of living increases should not be expected from any payor source.

        • It is going to show in 2017.$5 for retirees .Negotiated cost of living is a plus ,paid Holidays and health care also a plus .A good package will equal a wage.

  9. HI: How can I get Help to my Rent ….From. my SSa Or Texas Star + Plus ? I have this card. STAR+Plus but. Can’t activated ? Thanks for helping me out to get a good Penafitt.

    • Hi Razan. Individuals may be eligible to receive assistance from the state where they live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. You can also visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information. We hope this helps.

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  10. We didn’t get a 3 percent raise,we got a 3 tenth percent raise. My raise was $1.40 cent .look like i should be eligible for ssi, with the little money i get a month. I worked hard all my life. I’m 69 now with arthritis and still trying to fumble around and try to work. I need help what can i do, I can’t pay my bills, please what is my options.

    • In my opinion, become an independent contractor and sell your “life knowledge” online. Become a life coach. The cost for a license or permit are a nominal fee. If you present yourself as a trustworthy guide, the snowball will grow. Many of today’s young adults have no sense for the world. Word of mouth in the working class indicates both parents are forced to work or single parents are forced to work 2, sometimes 3 jobs with little time for parental guidance. Working parents send their children to public school to be ignored until 18 years old. Unless our financial system is reformed to support it’s own citizens FIRST, this wage slave cycle will never change. I believe change must be made in the way workers live and allow others time to adopt this change. Then will we see our economy shift to benefit all. Then will the need for financial assistance become obsolete. Keep your head up. Ike.

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    • Hello Mr. Hammond, you can find out if you are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or other benefits by visiting the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool and answer a few questions. You may also be eligible to receive additional assistance from the state where you live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. You can also visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information. We hope this information helps.

  11. My grandson is 24 and has had epileptic seizures since birth. Though he takes 5 meds everyday SSI said he can work so they cut off his check. He is not allowed to drive due to his condition. How can we stop this insanity and have his SSI continue?

    • We are sorry to hear about your grandson’s situation. If he was recently denied Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for medical or non-medical reasons, and if he does not agree with our decision, he has the right to file an appeal. He may request an appeal online and provide documents electronically to support his appeal.Thanks.

  12. I have requested an informal hearing concerning all my SSA benefits. I sent all info to sabre street, Virginia Beach, Va. office suite 100 attention claims unit. concerning the severity of my disabilities. Yes it is sever but how do you measure severity ?

    Mark R.

    • Hi Mark. The Social Security Act sets out a very strict definition of disability, much different than the requirements for other government programs. We pay disability benefits to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. No benefits are payable for partial disability or short-term disability. To learn more about the process we use to decide if you are disabled under our rules, visit our Disability Planner: How We Decide If You Are Disabled. Thanks!

  13. Social Security Amendments of January 1, 2016 HA-6-6-16 http://www.title24uscode.org/ss1.htm

    Sec. 1 Disability Insurance Tax Rate

    To make orphan a qualifying disability for SSDI or $777 SSI (2017). To amend the DI tax rate from 1.80% in 2015, to 2.37% in 2016 to 2.40% in 2017, to a sustainable rate of 2.20% in 2018 when all the Baby Boomer shall have retired. The OASDI Trust Fund must be biased to protect the DI trust fund from being quickly depleted by bearing the combined costs. To increase the 0.9% DI tax in 2015 to 1.2% DI tax for employees and employers in 2017 and 1.1% in 2018 under Sec. 201(b)(1)(S) of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)II§401.

    Sec. 2 Old Age Survivor Insurance Tax Rate

    To amend the OASI tax rate from 10.60% in 2015, to 10.03% in 2016, to 10.00% in 2017 and 10.20% in 2018 and thereafter to prevent the DI fund from being depleted and OASI Trust Fund from premature deficit. To decrease the 5.30% OASI tax in 2015 to 5.00% in 2017, to 5.10% in 2018, for employees and employers without increasing the overall 12.4% OASDI under 26USC(C)(21)(A)§3101 and 26USC§3111(a)(as hacked in 2016) or 15.3% OASDI and Hospital Insurance (HI) Federal Insurance Contribution Act tax-rate under 26USC(A)(2)§1401.

    Sec. 3 6% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) 2017

    To compute beneficiaries a 6% COLA 2017 to compensate for the depriving the people of their 3% COLA in 2016 and ensure beneficiaries receive a 3% annual COLA every year thereafter to stay ahead of average inflation of 2.6% in 2016 under Section 215(i) of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)§415(i). To legislate a 2.4% DI tax rate to pay for a 6% COLA for calendar year 2017 and 2.2% DI tax rate and 3% COLA every year forseeable year thereafter.

    Sec. 4 3% Annual Raise in Minimum Wage and Welfare Benefits

    To legislate an automatic minimum wage increase of not more or less than 3% annual growth, that should be affordable to employers so that irregular large increases in federal minimum wage do not result in layoffs due to private labor budget constraints, rounded to the nearest nickel, from $7.25 an hour in 2016, to $7.50 in 2017, to $7.75 an hour in 2018 and 8.00 in 2019 etc.’ in one final sentence at 29USC§206(a)(1)(D). All other welfare programs, food stamps, TANF, etc., should budget for a 3% raise to stay ahead of inflation, plus beneficiary population growth of 1%, 104% of previous years costs. Managerial and professional wages are expected to grow around 2.5%.

  14. I want to know why your SSDI changes to SSA when you become 65, especially if you’re still disable. Also, don’t
    You have to pay taxes on your new SSA account ?

    • Hi Katherine, Social Security benefits are handled through the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) and Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Funds. Under current law Social Security disability benefits can only be paid to individuals under full retirement age. Full retirement age had been 65 for many years. However, beginning with people born in 1938 or later, that age gradually increases until it reaches 67 for people born after 1959. Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries attain their full retirement age. The benefit amount will generally remain the same. Also, some people who get Social Security have to pay taxes on their benefits. You’ll be affected only if you have substantial income in addition to your Social Security benefits. For more information, contact the Internal Revenue Service. Thanks.

      • It amazes me that we got a .03 raise this year but every time I go to the grocery store, I wished products just went up 03. I don’t see how people can afford food anymore, and I know it will get better, HA!

  15. Hospitals & Asylums

    Dear Mr. Plump:

    I can’t wait to complain about the Commerce Budget injunction bug that nearly destroyed 75% of the FY2018 federal budget surplus when the FY 2017 OMB Historical Table 4.1 Commerce spending estimate was reduced from $11.1 billion to $10.5 billion – wrong – the right answer to Penny’s confusing accounting, the injunction was trying to drive home, is $9.75 billion summary + FY 2017 budget publication. I hope I am not betraying my nation by declaring that I hope to have the first draft of the CY 2017 budget done in two days, by the winter solstice., for sale to the President elect, but I have not done SSI and SSA administrative costs yet and after attending a Standing Rock Winter Solstice Storytelling last night, must be praying.

    The Federal Regulatory Energy Commission is due a fine and Standing Rock reservation is due compensation for mace, rubber bullet, water torture compensation for the non-use of force and territorial aggression by oil companies trespassing on tribal land protected by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pipeline rerouting decision of September 2016 under 24USC154. Let the $1,000 fine per Standing Rock tribal member plus protestors offended be split between the US and Standing Rock tribal water torture compensation payments for $500 civil damages to impoverished protestors, tribal members and water diviners.

    Accounting for the White House Office of Management and Budget (WHOMB or OMB) requires a stronger back than passing the Marine Corp physical fitness test (PFT) 50-100 push-ups, 50-100 crunches and three mile run in chest pain causing boots everyday. To pass, what I call, the secret service PFT a Director of OMB must be able to carry their encrypted Mac laptop computer with them in a backpack while they jog three to fifty miles a day for cardiovascular health and sleep with it off the grid, like I do. I nearly died trying to balance the budget in a home in 2009 and now that I am in shape and homeless I am hoping the White House will recuse all Democratic-Republican (DR) two party system political applicants for OMB Director, with particular prejudice against lawyers (non-accountants by definition) and settle our differences honorably by hand to hand accounting with me – the disability beneficiary of Hospitals & Asylums (HA).

    Donald Trump may appoint me ‘Disability beneficiary’ of WHOMB, in lieu of or with a Director, for the agreed price of maximum allowable social security disability and retirement benefits for life, without the interference of Congress, because I am hoping to teach Donald Trump to account for the WHOMB Historical Tables himself. If the President elect is able to publish the Excel spreadsheet accounting himself, with these directives, he might not need to pay $95 million to staff OMB in conflict with the disability beneficiary who has kept the oft hacked national accounts since the $66.6 billion wartime supplemental of 2004 left the author of the $20 billion US portion of the $33 billion Iraq Reconstruction Fund settlement, the largest war reparation in world history, uncompensated and personated by the zombie international trade law firm Sanders, Squire and Demsey.

    The President may purchase this budget from the author for the maximum allowable social security disability and retirement to produce a more detailed FY 2017 baseline budget, with a minimum of political interference. For the same price of having respectfully purchasing the balanced federal budget from the author of Hospitals & Asylums (HA), currently administrated +/- $666 a month for more than 42 months without automatic raise to $700 mo. (Revelation 13:10) by the Acting Commissioners of the Social Security Administration (SSA), the President can even nominate and confirm the author Social Security Commissioner at that same lifetime maximum social security benefit price for a first two year term, to afford the 42 year old homeless disability beneficiary a retirement home, with a second draft of the Social Security Amendments of January 1, 2016 HA-6-6-16 http://www.title24uscode.org/ss1.htm

    The second draft will be done first thing calendar year 2017 to enable the President elect to use the federal budget contents in this document to make his first week of January to first week of February budget content submission to Congress under 31USC(11)§1105(a). It will exclude other agencies and focus on the social security programs, and will include this entire document in a second part to the Second Summer Solstice Instructions to the Board of Trustees of the Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds to tax the rich to end poverty in 2020 beginning with 16-24 SSI benefits to the families of poor children. The President must take the time to agree with Hospitals & Asylums (HA) to be right for free in the Excel format used by the Executive Office of the President to record agency congressional budget justification federal spending estimates and produce the Historical Tables of the WHOMB under Art. 2 Sec. 2 of the Constitution. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is asked to create a table to account for the exact amounts of agency congressional budget authority and federal spending for submission and comparison to OMB Table 4.1 Outlays by Agency.

    To begin accurately accounting for Cabinet budget requests the President must do the eight hours of work it takes to abolish the non-agency Allowances and Other Defense Civil Programs rows and reduce undistributed offsetting receipts before 2009 by the amount of the repealed Other Defense Civil Programs row in OMB Table 4.1 Outlays by Agency, and reduce the deficit and debt totals from 2009 as directed in Chapter 0 of this budget. Federal government priority goals for the new administration are set under 31USC§1120 – (1) to streamline the Affordable Care Act and create a Public Health Department with less than $1 trillion annual historical federal spending, (2) to reduce the corporate tax rate, (3) to legislate an automatic 3% annual increase in federal minimum wage, social security and welfare benefits, to grow faster than 2.7% average consumer inflation, (4) to promote 2.5% health annuity, insurance premium inflation, agency non-welfare spending, administrative and professional wage growth, (5) to legislate a 6% tax on coal, oil, gas and electricity exports, (6) to pay social security beneficiaries the 6% annual cost-of-living adjustment the DI trust fund ratio can afford in 2017 and (7) to tax the rich the 12.4% OASDI tax on all their income so that SSA would pay SSI to 16-24 million poor children in 2017 and end poverty by 2020. It is too late to balance the FY 2017 budget but it is not too late to tax the rich to end child poverty calendar year 2017. If the rich are taxed and SSA is responsible for SSI costs the FY 2018 budget will be balanced despite any corporate tax rate reduction. This work ensures that budget proposals of agencies are consistent with system-wide priorities for maintaining and improving the quality of Federal statistics maintained by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act as codified at 44USC§3504(e)(2). To alphabetize or prioritize Table 4.1 Outlays by Agency?

    Annual spending by the White House is reported in the Executive Office of the President row of White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) historical table 4.1 Outlays by Agency. Presidential spending has normalized after a 2004-08 wartime high of $7.7 billion FY2005 to an estimated $409 million FY 2017, 1.5% growth since $403 million were spent by the White House FY2016. The President elect may use the federal budget contents in this documents to make his first week of January to first week of February budget content submission to Congress under 31USC(11)§1105(a). The President must submit any supplemental or additional budgeting changes and re-appraisements to Congress before July 16th of every year whereby 30 September appropriations occur for the next fiscal year beginning 1 October under §1106. The Director and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (WHOMB) are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, three Assistant Directors and as many as 6 other officers are hired under 31USC§502.

    Spending categories of the Executive Office of the President are Compensation of the President, The White House (WH) Executive Residence (EXR), White House Repair and Restoration (WH R&R), Office of Administration (OA), National Security Council & Homeland Security Council (NSC & HSC), Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), Office of the Vice President (OVP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Unanticipated Needs, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), United States Trade Representative (USTR) and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
    $380 million for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Act of 1988 must be abolished from the Executive Office of the President congressional budget request under the Slavery Convention of 1926 to reduce White House spending from $755 million FY2016 to $409 million FY 2017, exactly like WHOMB says. Best budget award goes to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The President must recuse the Republican press and work with independent publishers who are right like HA.

  16. When OMB Director Suan Donovan was promoted from HUD Secretary there was a precise agreement between OMB and HUD on the $38.088 million in HUD spending FY 2015 that supported growth to $20 billion in housing assistance and continues to growth although it is no longer accounted for the same way. To resolve the inexplicable distortion of the HUD budget by mandatory program receipts FY 2016 OMB is going to have to return to the $38.1 million agreement with HUD FY 2015 plus 2.8% annual growth. 2.8% annual growth allows for 2.5% agency spending growth and 3% annual growth in housing assistance that makes up about 60% of HUD spending. So that OMB estimates HUD spending at $38.1 billion FY 2015, $39.1 billion FY 2016 and $40.1 billion FY 2017. The FY 2000 HUD spending remains $30,781 million. HUD underwriting is needed from the FY 2015 agreement Donovan seems to have betrayed in confusion regarding the value of undistributed offsetting receipts.

  17. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) receives “such sums as necessary” mandatory appropriations for payments from the General Fund to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund, the Employees Health Benefits Fund, and the Employees Group Life Insurance Fund. OMB historically fails to calculate total federal budget spending from OPM FY 2017 Budget pages 230-232 plus administrative costs on page 1. If OPM can agree with the President elect regarding total federal government FY 2017 OPM spending of $50.9 including $37.5 billion for Civil Service Retirement and Disability, $45 million for life insurance, $13.0 billion for employee health benefits, OMB can agree with 18% growth in OPM administrative costs to $321 million. OMB currently wildly estimates federal spending on OPM at $96.1 billion FY 2017. Agreement between OPM and OMB regarding $50.9 billion FY 2017 federal government payments would reduce the deficit by $45.2 billion.

    The Government’s share of the cost of health insurance for annuitants as defined in sections 8901 and 8906 of Title 5, United States Code; the Government’s share of the cost of health insurance for annuitants (who were retired when the Federal employees health benefits law became effective), as defined in the Retired Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1960; and the Government’s contribution for payment of administrative expenses incurred by OPM in administration of the Retired Federal Employees Health Benefits Act.

    • Thank you for your question Dave. Disabled children younger than age 18, whose parents have little income or resources may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income benefits. Disabled Adult Children who became disabled prior to age 22, may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. We call this SSDI benefit a “child’s” benefit because it’s paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record. Please read our publication “Benefits For Children With Disabilities” for more information.

      • Ge8ngehag&#o217;s best chapters are precisely on that, and the mystery about why something like “Let people join unions, freely and without coercion, without the threat of being fired” makes so many people groan and turn away. What is more democratic than being able to join a union without being fired?

  18. I have some issue about to get my SSDI now i became unable to work at age 46 years old since my get kill in haiti.i been suffering with major depression Diabetes bipolar high blood pressure sleep desorder stress problems chronic pain ECT.but i was an ssi now i try to get SSDI.because i have 25 ssa telling i need 15 more credit.i am 63 years old and unable working.

  19. The current SSA is under attack by persons filing false disability claims in order to obtain US benefits illegally. Payees, or designated payees, misrepresent themselves in writing and in person in order to obtain access to the precious, vulnerable individuals, who I can name and identify. This issue is of utmost urgency and priority, as precious and vulnerable individuals are at risk and need immediate supervision. An overhaul of the US Dept. of Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare in the US must be given stat priority.

  20. The current acting Commissioner of Social Security is in need of tighter supervisory controls and not fit to serve in this capacity as it is a conflict of interest. Perhaps after undergoing behavioral therapy intervention he can continue but not until that happens.

    We must not fear any further. Fraud is fraud, and it costs US taxpayers money. Those who serve in the US government must be of upright character, uphold all of the tenets of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, and not be afraid of blackmail or retaliation by terrorists and other mentally unstable persons or entities for any reason. We can stand united against these enemies. Our future as a nation and as a species depends upon our strength and unity, right now. I pledge my support and continued cooperation.

  21. I am disabled. Buying a house with another individual 50 % – 50%. We are not married do our own lives and bills ect… each our own.Room mate resently had his job burn down twice and started back to work same job. They don’t have automatic deposit where he work. In order to get his check in same day because he wouldn’t get to bank before closing he had me cash and deposit it so it would go in same day. He put my name on his account so I could do that for him. We don’t use each others account and he is not on anything of mine. It was a favor so the house payments would get paid on time. Now s.s.i. has used his income and charged me $890 over payment. They will not reverse it. His stuff has nothing to do with me but they some how got his bank statement because he allowed me to cash and deposit his check for him. I have nothing to do with his stuff. He was quite angry s.s.i got into his account too. Now my payments are going from $750 to $380 and I cant even afford to go to Dr. Had to cancel 2 Dr appointments out of town plus my transmission is going out on my car and cant get it fixed. With out them taking out I have a balance at end of month of $2 -$5. I cant make it on this little money. I explained this to them. He wrote a letter to them and it fall on deaf ears. I filled out the paper work to get them to drop it. She refuses. So for the next 3 years or so I will be penalized for cashing and depositing a persons check for them so it would go in the same day all because they usurally wouldn’t get off work til 6 and banks closed. I am so fruistrated. I cant sleep and am back to wondering why I exsist only for people to harass. Help!!! So unfair.

  22. Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (D.A.R.S.) ruled that my brother in law with stage four cancer was not disabled according to their doctors. The results were sent to Social Security Adm. in Harlingen, Texas and that is what they ruled. I will be appealing with strong doctor statements and photographs for a favorable decision. Chemotherapy will initiate this coming Thursday and hopefully, a decision will have been done. Mr. Casanova, case worker just ruled it without asking-calling-or follow up with a letter why he was denied. Gina Clemons, Associate Commissioner, Office of Disability could you please confirm an appointment for March 27, 2018 at 11am. If you or Mr. Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact A.S.A.P..

  23. Does my SSDI change when I turn 65?
    From disability to retirement?
    I really want to know how all of this effects
    everything , and why/ how. Me!
    Please let me know soon.
    Thank you

  24. I live in the e state of SC, I have to have the deed to my house changed. Out of my husband name
    Into
    Mine, even tho we had it refinance two times & I signed the papers when we bought the originally. The courthouse said I had to go threw probate to have it changed. I talked to a lady at the courthouse who said I could call SS & get disability so my taxes w wouldn’t be as high. I have a disability car tag. I have diabetes,HBP, knee replacement,shoulder& hand Surgery. I
    Retired at 62 because I could no longer do the job because of my diabetes. I draw survivor benefits from my husband, but I called SS & they said I could not.
    I wasn’t calling about more money just where I could get my taxes
    Lower. Who is right?

  25. I have moved and here is my new address. My old address was 4111 Azalea Dr Morehead City, N C. New address is 500 Bogue Loop Rd. Newport,N.C. 28570. Phyllis Langley

    • Hello Phyllis. We do not have access to personal information in this venue, therefore, we cannot update information on your record. If you get Social Security benefits or are enrolled in Medicare, you can change your address online by using a my Social Security account.
      Just a reminder – Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media channels. Thanks!

  26. My daughter just received a letter from Social Security that she will be receiving disability checks starting in February 2018. She will receive her first check in November. She passed away May 20, 2018. Will she receive the 3 checks and do I need to mail the original death certificate . Susan Linda Manous-8-12-1965 DOB and SS # *** – ** – *** address 7445 Union Hill RD, Canton, GA 30115. I am her representative.

    • We are sorry for your loss, Sara. You will need to contact the local Social Security in your area and speak to one of our agents. In the case your daughter was awarded benefits under the “regular” disability program (SSDI), you may be required to complete Form SSA-1724 (Claim for Amounts Due in the Case of a Deceased Beneficiary). Please bring with you the letter and the death certificate.
      If unable to visit the local office, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
      Just a reminder – We do not have access to personal information in this venue. Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media channels. Thanks.

  27. Social Security Disability or SSD is the money you paid in when you were working.

    SSI is money that comes from the state for people that did not work or made very little money.

    SSD is our money. no one else’s. SSI is our money also helping the poor.

    I’m sick of people calling SSD entitlements when they are NOT.
    SSI is an entitlement.

  28. My husband is covered on my insurance and always has been. He does not need the medicare coverage and was not aware of the deduction that is being taken out of his check please contact us on how to stop the deductions and refund past with drawss

    • Hi Peggy, thank you for using our blog to ask your question. Individuals receiving Social Security disability benefits are automatically enrolled in Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) and Medical Insurance (Part B) after 24 months of eligibility. However, a beneficiary may refuse Medicare Part B if that beneficiary or the spouse, actively works and has coverage under a group health plan, based on that employment. If that’s the case, he or she doesn’t need Medicare part B until the work activity ends or that health care coverage is dropped, whichever comes first. We always suggest that individuals speak to their personnel office, health benefits advisor, or health plan representative to see what’s best for them, and to prevent any penalties or delayed enrollment in the future.

      Please contact your local Social Security office for further assistance or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

  29. I was a stay at home mother for 13 years, 1989-2001. I didn’t work outside the home, so no personal income. My husband divorced me. I became disabled. I lost 13 years of work income. Therefore, my disability income was very low. Does SSI have any plan for mother’s who choose to stay home to care for their children? I think I should be able to include my ex-husband’s taxed income for those years.

  30. If you receive SSDI. How long do you have to wait to try working seasonal, 10 hours a week for 2 months. I was told 3 different things from agents that work for ssa. One agent said you have to wait a year. If not a year, you would lose your benefits and have to pay back all the money received. Another agent said there is no waiting period. They explained to me about the 9 month program and ticket to work program. I have researched online, I can’t find the correct answer. Can someone explain to me the correct answer. I am confused at this point. The field agent was very rude. Also he asked if I received my information from the 800 number. I said yes, he said they don’t know anything. If they don’t know how anything, why are we directed to call them. Thanks for letting me comment.

    • Hi Janice. Thank you for your question. Social Security has special rules that make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments. These are called work incentives.

      For SSDI beneficiaries, there is a Trial Work Period (TWP) and then an Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE). The TWP allows you to test your ability to work for at least 9 months. During this period, you will receive your full disability benefit regardless of how much you earn as long as your work activity is reported and you continue to have a disabling impairment. In 2019, any month in which earnings exceed $880 is considered a month of the 9-month trial work period.

      Once you’ve completed your TWP, you get a 36-month safety net called the EPE. During the EPE, you get benefits for all months your earnings or work activities are below the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level as long as you continue to have a disabling impairment. Social Security will suspend cash benefits for months earnings are over SGA and start benefits again if earnings fall below the SGA level. In 2019, you are earning SGA if your earnings, after any allowable deductions, are more than $1,220 in a month.

      Check out Social Security’s Red Book for descriptions of the many work incentives.

  31. My left eye was hit with a base ball (hard) at the age of 10 and now I’m 66 with difficulty in seeing and need this cloud taken off eye because I’m blind in that eye. I’m scheduled for another eye appointment on Jan 23rd and need approval of benefits for appointment and for a lazier surgery I was informed I need. Thank you for your reply, Vicki

  32. I need another Social Security Disability Update Report sent out to me because the one I received on 2/12/18 had gotten damaged.

    Thank you
    Tracy Rogers
    SS# *** – ** – ***
    Phone# 330-801-6556
    3376 Prange Dr. Apt. 11
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223

  33. I’m going to be 65 in two days.
    Does my social security disability income status automatically turn into regular social security at 65?
    Seems I was told that once, but can’t remember.
    I need to find a part time job that will accept a disabled person as I am very financially strapped.
    Thank you.

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