Social Security Disability Secures Today and Tomorrow

ssdi60“I have never asked for help, but man did I need it now.” This is the case for many people living with disabling conditions that prevent them from working. At Social Security, we see and hear these stories every day.

We provide benefits to millions of people with disabilities and their families through the Social Security Disability Insurance program. This earned benefit program provides a vital lifeline for those who can no longer work because of an oftentimes unexpected critical illness. Disability can be unpredictable and can change anyone’s life at any time.

This year, our disability program turned 60 years old. There have been changes over the years, especially in medicine and technology, but one thing remains the same: our core philosophy of securing today and tomorrow for workers and their families.

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the program, we’ve featured blogs focusing on disability since the beginning of August, when the program officially turned 60. Acting Commissioner Colvin kicked off the blog series and Judy Chesser, Deputy Commissioner for Legislation and Congressional Affairs, detailed the legislative history of the disability program.  We will continue to feature blogs about the program over the next few months.

We invite you to visit our Faces and Facts of Disability page to learn more about our disability beneficiaries through personal stories and videos. You can also get links to our publications and statistics and learn disability facts.

Currently, we feature Jon’s story. Jon lives with a rare neurological disability called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. A condition so severe, it doesn’t allow him to work, easily digest food, or even go for a leisurely stroll in the park. Jon expresses his gratitude for Social Security and describes what his life is like. Read Jon’s story, as well as many others, by visiting Faces and Facts of Disability.


110 thoughts on “Social Security Disability Secures Today and Tomorrow

  1. Got a call yesterday evening while driving down the road, went into a hole lost contact tried to call back, was told I was not eligible for benefits and still can’t figure out how they come up with that prognosis would like to get a call back. I have COPD and both knees replaced!

    • You need to speak to a lawyer specializing in SSD cases. Most provide free consultations. It is often difficult to get to speak to someone at SSA. I have done this work for over 30 years and would be happy to provide a free initial consultation. But you can also call NOSSCR which has the names of attorneys throughout the US who do this work. Good luck!

    • Hi Kevin! Generally, claimants receive an official denial letter from Social Security if their claim was denied, which will also provide appeals rights. We recommend that you call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and request information on the status of your claim. Representatives are available Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You will experience shorter waiting time if you call later in the week. We hope this helps!

      • As I read all this about getting disability payments I’m digusted at how,in the budget deal of 2015,money was ripped off from what was file and suspend to continue to fund a broke system where fraud is rampant. As an LA Times article said elderly divorced women would be the victims of this injustice.

        • Call Morgan*morgan you can get there number off the TV commercials. They helped me and after the case was taken it took almost a year and I had it.

  2. It’s a hard process to navigate. My sister is mentally ill and has been denied based on the idea that she could physically do manual labor. Problem is that mentally she can’t hold a job. She’s been terminated twice in the last six months. She’s been denied disability and we had to petition for a hearing. It takes 18 months to get a hearing. So in the meantime I have to support her emotionally and financially.


          • I had to wait for 1 1/2 Year’s with no Income before I got mine and I had a Lawyer they take Quite a chunck off the top if they win your case for you and I only recieve $1,000 a month with house payment and all utitities and Insurance’s forget getting any grocery’s I can starve and they don’t care

        • Get a life, Ata. What kind of moron are you to read this man’s comment and assume he is yelling? If he’s speaking too loudly for you, turn your audio down….ha ha. What a know-it-all you are.

          • Judy Z. It took approximately 2-3 yrs for mine to go through with an attorney. Which didn’t take that much for all they do.
            I was getting 717. After 2 yrs Medicare becomes primary. Now after part b comes out of it, …try living on 595 mo. I qualify for QMB for it to be paid for however am still waiting for local end of Medicaid to make it happen.

      • Judy Zwyghuizen,You should be thankful you get that as income. You sound very ungrateful & dont deserve this income help!!! I struggle being on a limit income but I’m very grateful I get the help I need from the government as I never like when a lot of people bash the government when the government helps people not hurt them!!!! I am very thankful for social security disability insurance helping me,as I have a severe disability that keeps me from working.

      • After being in prison 7yrs then in and out now on probation how do I find a lawyer to get me out on disability? Acute Hypertension has my legs 3 times bigger. The meds I take make me I’ll. Just can’t do it anymore. Need help suggestions

    • Isn’t Candra Peterson a dhs worker in Philadelphia PA? If so she was really mean towards me back in 1994 when I had 2 baby twin girls as I was a first time parent? For the record I didn’t like her@ all.

  3. SSDI is a necesarry lifeline for so many americans today. I know that, if given the choice, many many of us would love to be able to work, go back to work. Still, we are all so very grateful that SSDI exists, for if it did not, many of us would not. This is my reality. I earned my SSDI for 32 years and was no where near ready to stop working, when my disabilitiea said “you can’t work right now. You have limitations”. Well, although this is true today, I have not given up on the hope that I may and can go back to work, one day. There are still goals and dreams that I want to achieve. My continuing college education is one big dream and goal. I need to work, in order to afford continuing. I really hope I can work again, one day. At least I have much needed support, through My SSDI, today. Without it, I would have nothing. Thank You SSA!


      • But then what happen’s do they cut your Benifit’s??? I’m unable to work with copd and Degenertive joint Disease and Rheumatoid Sever Arthritis, I cannot even stand for more than 15 minute’s at a time Now I get Vertigo dizzy spell’s and had joint replacement due to my disabilitie’s also then you take a big cut in depended pay???

    • Thanks for your comment and thank you for sharing! Social Security strongly supports those individuals who want to return to the work force while supplementing their disability benefit income. We have Work Incentives such as the Ticket to Work program, which offers beneficiaries with disabilities access to meaningful employment, allowing you to work and still receive benefits. We are glad we can help!

      • I tried working with a TICKET TO WORK program, BIG MISTAKE! I ended up being penalized for it and now have to repay every dime of the money I earned back to SSA. How heartrending can this get!?

        • I know what you mean Manuel. Some people are just not happy unless they are giving others a hard time. I have told many if they had to walk a mile in my shoes for awhile maybe they would understand why I don’t feel well.

          • A little help please. I am 46. In December I was diagnosed with acute hypertension. I also have the bottom half of my left leg skin grafted due to a fire 6yrs ago. I worked on docks was supervised for bud Allan have least 7-8 or more yrs in. Now with my heart and blood pressure. My legs swell hard to walk also meds mess with me to. Some days all I can do is sleep. How do I go about filings for disability and receive it do I need a lawyer and who

          • Thank you for using our blog Terry. The Social Security Act sets out a strict definition for disability. 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. However, if a person thinks that he or she meets our definition of disability, we encourage them to apply for disability benefits when they become disabled. You can apply online; you can contact your local office or call us at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and ask one of our representatives to assist you. The choice to use a lawyer as a representative is your personal decision. We hope this information helps.

      • Bettyg,

        If he’s speaking too loudly for you, turn your audio down:) How ridiculous to tell this man he is SHOUTING. I FIND IT MUCH EASIER TO READ IN CAPS. MANY DISABLED PEOPLE DO.

  4. I’m a disabled Veteran, 100%. Have been they say I don’t have enough credits, How could I,Im disabled. Don’t make sense to me. Troubled? Who can help me? Guess I’ll call my SENATOR.

    • Thank you for your service to our country, Ronald. The number of work credits needed for disability benefits depends on your age when you become disabled. Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last 10 years ending with the year you become disabled. No benefits can be paid if you do not have enough credits. If you have specific questions about your situation, please call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Thanks!

  5. My husband has been denied 2 times, he has a plethora of issues, one being narcolepsy. For the last determination, SSD didn’t review all of the medical records. They had 3 additional months of medical records never taken into consideration with dr diagnosis, and now, there are even more issues!

    He was terminated from his propane delivery tank driver last year. I am out of work and we have no income, no unemployment and 2 kids. IRA/401k exhausted, and now it’s becoming a crisis to pay the mortgage. We can’t wait any longer or we will lose everything. I was at my job for 18 years, and since 2013 had a couple of contract jobs but hopefully something will come up soon.

    In the meantime, are there programs to fast track this? We have been extremely diligent with medical records and submitting info on time, it’s disappointing the determination was not based on everything we submit.


    • We are sorry to hear that your husband’s application for disability benefits did not go the way you both had hoped. If his claim is now going through the appeals process, we want to assure you that we are working as fast as we can to resolve all claims promptly, but there may be delays due to the volume of pending appeals in your area. In addition, individuals waiting for a disability determination from Social Security may be eligible to receive assistance from the state in which they live. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services, or visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information. We hope this information helps.


      • Ignore Sanchez, he’s a loose cannon. Evidently you do not meet the definition of meeting the “insured status” under the law. Any SS representative can explain that to you for free. Going to a third party will not change your work history in any way. SS representatives also make referrals to other agencies.

  7. Mr. Sanchez,

    Please stop giving information. Your knowledge of the Social Security Disability program is not sufficient to give advice to other people. You are creating confusion and legwork for people in need of help. I have been a disability representative for over 10 years and your replies are maddening. Please stop.

  8. The system is a pile of garbage with red tape so they can say no to everybody except for friends and relatives and so that lawyers can earn their keep. My uncle 25 years ago had a quadruple bypass and needed a lawyer to have disability approved. I know know someone with a terribly severe autoimmune disease and was denied disability and had to hire a lawyer to be approved. Practically everybody working in the disability department needs to be fired, especially the person running it.

    • SSDI has very clear guidelines of what constitutes disability and many people do not understand this, but can have it better explained through a legal representative who MIGHT then be able to help them get the correct medical evaluations and documents for their claim, if it is a valid claim. It has nothing to do with friends or relatives and lawyers help people get on and to understand the process. Ranting does not help anyone. Denials and a long time frame are part of this process. It is unfortunate, but that does not make it a scam. It took me a year and a half to get approved and yes, I did turn to a lawyer and I also turned to educating myself so I could help my lawyer and also the SSDI decision makers rule in my favor. If you truly are disabled and eligible for benefits, you can allow the system to get you where you need to be and it will work.

      • That is true, I apply in the Internet on Oct >Nov. 2012 and was seduced to see local office on Dec 2012. After interview I was approved for compassionate allowances that I did not know was existed and recieved it for full six months. Then July was stop making payment. Same month of July the SSA approved the SSDI the 180 days after you received the first check of benifits. But without telling if you are qualified for 5 months retroactive. All their explanation is 5 months waiting period as being legitimate disabled. Hmp, December 2012 when you applied for SSDI but only approved that you are disabled on July 15 2013And No payment for 5 months as waiting period..from Aug to December 2013 First benifit monthly check after the thirty days of January 2014… no retroactive….look like unfair that there is no back payment from July to December 2013.

        • I had the same issue. I was approved in July 2016 after applying in May 2016. I did all of my applications online. They neglected to tell me by mail, email or letter that I was eligible for $700 per month. I called them every month practically begging for help and not ONE of the representatives mentioned this benefit! I appealed, and they said my phone calls did not show any questions about assistance. I absolutely love being called a liar. I would certainly have looked forward to the homelessness and medical issues that followed. I would sincerely love to email someone that would actually listen to me. An attorney wouldn’t take it because it wasn’t enough money!

  9. I was injured at work 12 years ago. I applied for SSDI & was denied. Thankfully Workers Comp helps out. Since my injury I was divorced after 30 years of marriage. Which besides not getting any alimony or a penny from my ex, he’s on SSDI just prior to the divorce. My question is I’m afraid of losing my home. They decreased my Workers Comp rate after the divorce! Crazy! I have documents for every specialist they’ve sent me to all of which state I am totally, permanently disabled. Now, if I apply again what happens with the money I collect from Workers Comp? I don’t want to end up with a lesser amount of money. I can’t afford food most weeks. I’m getting older and now it all scares me. Any advice what or how this works?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Thank you for your question Tes. Disability payments are established at the highest rate possible, and we used the highest years of your earnings to calculate your monthly benefit amount. We base it on your average lifetime earnings before your disability began. When you reach your full retirement age, we will automatically convert your disability benefits to retirement benefits, but the amount remains the same.

  10. Jim: It’s nice to see the words “earned benefit program” in your write-up. So many folks just don’t get it. Thanks for the support!

  11. I’m getting disabelty from work for three years when it runs out can I get disibelity from social security I’m drowing social security now can I switch over to disibelity

    • You can apply for Disability Benefits before you reach your full retirement age (currently age 66). Disability payments are established at the highest rate possible, meaning you could get a higher monthly benefit amount. In addition, we can continue paying your retirement benefits while we consider your application and wait for a medical decision. In addition to meeting our definition of disability, you must have worked long enough–and recently enough–under Social Security to qualify for disability benefits under the SSDI program. For more information and to see if you should apply for disability, please contact your local office or call us at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and ask one of our representatives to assist you. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. We hope this information helps!

  12. Social Security Amendments of January 1, 2016. Summer Solstice Instructions HA-6-6-16

    Today is last day for Congress to pass the Social Security Beneficiary Class Action and make a $20 billion surplus fiscal year 2017. Today is the day I conclude my service to Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House.

    Tomorrow you begin prosecuting the attempts of the rich, in particular the President and Congress, to evade or defeat the 12.4% OASDI tax on all income on the unequally limited individual basis of up $100,000 fine, thus a $500,000 corporate fine against the President and Congress to try IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s new 1-2% voluntary UN tax 1040 form and quarterly 12.4% OASDI tax on all income under 26USC7201 today or tomorrow.

    Condolences. Congress lacks the intellectual capacity to reason, may need a new Speaker and definitely needs to be reminded to abolish the Democratic-Republican (DR) two party system under penalty of poisoning. Yesterday, against the counsel of the United States Supreme Court regarding Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014), King et al v. Burwell (2015), Zubick v. Burwell (2016), Congress conspired with HHS half high school to pay a $1.1 billion bribe to the Zika terrorists of the half head secretary. The gray haired President has bribed Anthony Fauci to publicly suggest paying $1.1 billion for a federal laboratory that has not already produced an attenuated Zika vaccine and promote abortions for microcephaly – half head sonogram.

    Their crimes of genocide, including publicly reported school shooting, poisoning deaths, and false representation and bribery of terrorists were enumerated at the end of the day with a reminder to change the name of HHS to PHD. I’ll never be able to eat ham while quoting the Bible and Quran on orphans again. The rich owe mandatory restitution for 10 million AFDC/TANF benefit cuts 1996-2000 that currently affect 16-24 million poor children under 18USC228(b-d).

    Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan (Old Testament, Exodus 22:22). Leave your orphans; I will protect their lives. Your widows too can trust in me (Old Testament, Jeremiah 49:11). Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (New Testament, James 1:27). And they feed, for the love of God, the indigent, the orphan, and the captive (The Human: 8). Therefore, treat not the orphan with harshness (The Quran, The Morning Hours: 9). (Be good to) orphans and the very poor. And speak good words to people (The Quran, The Heifer: 83). Give orphans their property, and do not substitute bad things for good. Do not assimilate their property into your own. Doing that is a serious crime (The Quran, The Women: 2).

    To Act in good faith SSA must make orphan a qualifying disability today. There are an estimated 100,000 orphans living in orphanages with no social insurance, allowance or property rights, and another 400,000 under retirement age adult orphans, many of whom are extremely poor, who might benefit if orphan were made a qualifying disability. There are also an estimated 400,000 children passing through the foster-care system shifting from psychiatric exploitation to homeless youth with rich adoptive parents.

    An orphan is a child whose parents are dead or have abandoned them permanently. Worldwide about 7.6% of children are orphans, in Africa that number is estimated at 11% , in Asia 6.5% and Latin America and the Caribbean 7.4%, however the United Nations counts for children who have lost only one parent. The estimated 100,000 orphans in the United States comprise only about 0.2% of children in the United States. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) growth has been about 0.1% although it is advertised at 1% for the passed several years; SSA needs to make orphan a qualifying disability right away.

    Adults can also be referred to as orphan, or adult orphans. However, those who reached adulthood before their parents died are normally not called orphans; the term is generally reserved for children whose parents have died while they are too young to support themselves. At a long-term rate of 2.2% the DI trust fund should have enough to pay for adult orphans as they become expected to be unemployed for more than one year.

    Although the Economic Security Act of 1935 did not specifically provide for orphans it intended to insure aged persons, blind persons, dependent and crippled children, maternal and child welfare, public health, and the administration of their unemployment. Since 1996 the United States has seriously failed to provide for dependent and crippled children, maternal and child welfare.

    To make sure that orphans are treated fairly they must be specifically qualified for full SSI benefits $777 mo. with the 6% Cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2017 so that they and their charitable givers are not penalized with 2/3 rates for living and eating in the household of another or $30 a month for living in a genuinely benevolent institution for free – the child will keep two-thirds of the full benefit for candy, car, computer and college and will pay one-third of their income as rent to the orphanage under Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines.

  13. I want to know what is going to happen to all the cases that fell under the “blanket Denial” that social security office is now under investigation for? I applied and was denied, appealed and denied (their doctors report was contradictory of itself and was not allowed to call her for clarification), went to appeal a second time and my whole case was missing from the site!?!?!
    I had multiple doctor and diagnostic reports but none were used to determine my case. They even said I turned in a report a year prior to me even applying. What’s with that? I am now looking to more surgery and more time away from work, yet I do not qualify as disabled. I have multiple spinal injuries/issues and am on a few drugs (not by choice) for pain.

    If mine was one of the ‘blanket denials’, will I be notified?

  14. ed and was denied, appealed and denied (their doctors report was contradictory of itself and was not allowed to call her for clarification), went to appeal a second time and my whole case was missing from the site!?!?!
    I had multiple doctor and diagnostic reports but none were used to determine my case. They even said I turned in a report a year prior to me even applying. What’s with that? I am now looking to more surgery and more time away from work, yet I do not qualify as disabled. I have multiple spinal injuries/issues and am on a few drugs (not by choice) for pain.

  15. I use to live in a building were most of the people were Section 8 tenants. The adults didn’t have to work because they were on SSI. There was one guy who I saw riding a bike everyday. I asked him if he had a job and he told me that he was collecting disabilty for his shoulder and back. This guy was riding a bike and carrying his grocery bags from the store.

    People who don’t own are car have to ride a bike or do a lot of walking to the bus stop and carry their grocery bags all the way back home. They don’t have a lot of money to pay someone to deliver their grocery. There are a bunch of fraudsters out there.

    One lady in the building pays $900/month in rent and drives a brand new car and doesn’t work. I get her mail by mistake and it was from Medicaid. How the hell is she on Medicaid paying $900/month in rent and driving a brand new car.

    My friend that I knew 15 year ago scam Social Security disabilty for some type of intestinal problem. He paid off some doctor in Miami to write up some bogus medical records.

    His whole family were crooks. His dad was sentenced over 15 years for drug dealing and his brother served 5 years for identity thief. He was trying to sell me a commercial driver license because he knew one of the driver license examiner. Everybody was crooked down there in Miami.

    The Blacks and Hispanics are robbing Social Security like crazy in Miami. Miami is the scam capital of the US. Where ever there are too many poor and homeless people, you got a bunch of fraudsters like in New York, California, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, etc.

    It is Social Security fault for all of the fraud. They approved more people in these locations where all the fraud is at. The ODAR office also has the highest approval rating above the National average at these locations.

  16. The DDS usually determines if someone meet the Listing for a mental disorder. The ALJ hardly ever says a person meet the Listing for a mental disorder.

    This is the concept of the hearing. If the claimant meet the Listing for the mental disorder, then why does the ALJ request a Vocational Expert(VE) at the hearing. The ALJ is wasting taxpayer’s money. The VE is used at Step 5 when the Listing is not meet.

    At Step 5, before making a determination that includes vocational evaluation, the ALJ should discuss the case with a psychiatrist or psychologist.

    The ALJ shouldn’t even consider a VE without discussing it with the psychiatrist or psychologist. If the ALJ doesn’t discuss the case with a psychiatrist or psychologist, then there is no need for a VE and the claimant should be denied.

    I am getting that free Social Security disabilty money because the SSA can’t do anything right.

    • The DDS has already denied the claimant once or twice before the hearing. If there is something overlooked or underrated, then the ALJ should discuss the case with a psychiatrist or psychologist.

  17. Hello I’m receiving ssdi benefits I’ve been on for around 11 years at first I had my spouse and 3 children receiving benefits from my ssdi since then they have taken my son age 25 off he is also disabled and has been denied his own ssdi my oldest daughter is 22 years old she was taken off when she turned 18 same situation she applied and was denied now my youngest when she turned 16 they took my spouse off from receiving and benefits she is also disabled but doesn’t have enough work credits to receive any benefits she has been trying sing we got married 26 years ago she has a multitude of disability problems.I have helped her with protesting the decision made and as usual denied
    Now my youngest daughter is turning 18 an d guess what she is now coming off my ssdi account now she has the worse disability she is in hs a senior but is in a disability class that she can go to until she is 26 years old with a mentality of sa 4th grade student
    Where do I have to do she will never work a regular job with her disability..I know this is alot that I telling you I’ve been thru ss for many years fighting with them

  18. Too bad I can’t work for the Cooperative Disability Investigation unit with my mental disorder. I could catch a whole bunch of fraudsters saving Social Security millions.

    There use to be a Section in the POMS about how to flag fraud claim. When the SSA develop the CDI unit, they erase that section. The SSA can’t catch the smart fraudsters. The can only catch the dumb ones. There are not many dumb fraudsters. Fraudsters do a lot of research not to get caught. You need a smart fraudster to catch a smart fraudster.

    The fraudsters already know the SSA is only going after people who have worked and got a 1099 tax form or filled out a W-4 tax form. The lazy fraudsters don’t work at all and never will be caught.

    The best chance of stopping the fraudsters is before they are approved.

    Mental illness is the easiest way for the fraudsters to collect free Social Security disability money. I gave a whole bunch of information on how to prevent and catch fraud cases.

  19. Thank you for all of the replies on this blog.
    I filed for disability a few months after I had to leave my long time healthcareer of 39 years. I have been waiting for 2 1/2 years for approval. Filed twice appealed twice. I have a disability atty helping me now. I am waiting for a hearing now. I have been notified that a hearing is coming.
    I have had a severe mood disorder my entire life controlled with meds. I had four serious hospitalizations throughout my lifetime for the mood disorder.
    I try to go back to work, apply for work then get overly anxious about returning. I am stuck.
    The supportive information is in place. It has been a very long wait!
    Thank you all again for your posting your experiences. I just needed a vent.
    Hopefully we can get the benefits we have earned and need.

  20. Most of this site’s answers tries to baffle you with OBAMA ADMINISTRATION smoke filled excuses and rhetoric. They won’t tell you why the COLA is practically non-existent but your outlay for health and living expenses keep going up. Also they are raising your medicare co-pay and deductible but you won’t here about this. So even if you get any COLA you losing money from your total SS benefit.

  21. My cousin has brain lesions which have caused cognitive issues along with severe vision loss so she is disabled. She was married when all of this came about and her husband could not deal so he divorced her and gave her a small settlement. She did not have an extensive work history because of her children and only taught at a university for a short while before the first attack. Her husband owned his own business but refused to help provide for her. She draws a very small check less than 700.00 a month. I assume from her own SS. Is she eligible to draw from her ex-husbands benefits . she is now 54

  22. “We provide benefits to millions of people with disabilities and their families through the Social Security Disability Insurance program. This earned benefit program provides a vital lifeline for those who can no longer work because of an oftentimes unexpected critical illness. Disability can be unpredictable and can change anyone’s life at any time”.

    I am 45 years old, a mother of three older children and physically disabled ( I was born with cerebral palsy ). I’ve never collected one red cent of money from the Socialist Security System, even though I have applied several times and they find me disabled.

    Technically, I am an “adult disabled child” (please look this up, it is NOT SSI or SSDI) but have never been able to secure any benefits whatsoever from the Socialist Security system, even under that program because I got married to an “Able bodied person”. The Socialist Security system is too busy paying benefits to some people who scam the system and worrying about adult disabled children (who they pay benefits to off of a parents record) marrying an able bodied person. This gives them the justification to cut off benefits to the adult disabled child because the husband (in theory) can now support the disabled person. This theory works great, if your husband is rich and you have no need for money but what it actually does, is to force two adults (one disabled one able bodied person) to live off of one income. In the real world, the socialist security system is forcing adult disabled children to only marry other disabled persons (and NO able bodied persons) at the threat of loosing any and all benefits that they are entitled to.

    If you are a physically disabled person (an adult disabled child) and you happen to marry an “able bodied person” you will be loosing out on a lifetime of benefits, all because of a one word “rule” that prohibits you from marrying an “able bodied person”. Best of all, they never tell you about their “Rule” so that they can justify cutting off any benefits that you may be due.

    Because you are physically disabled (adult disabled child) and you choose not to marry another adult disabled child or disabled person drawing off socialist security, you WILL LOOSE ANY AND ALL BENEFITS FOR LIFE. This means that the SOCIALIST SECURITY system is TELLING YOU WHO YOU ARE ALLOWED TO MARRY and who you are
    NOT ALLOWED TO MARRY! It is a discriminatory act “rule” and should be ILLEGAL!

    Even though I am permanently and totally disabled, if I marry an “able bodied person”, somehow that marriage makes everything ok and I am no longer considered disabled (in the eyes of the socialist security system). Magically (because I married an able bodied person), the pixie fairies come down and cure my disability, because now I can just go out and find gainful employment, no one will discriminate against my physical disability and everything will be grand, right? Somehow magically, marrying an able bodied person makes my physical disablility dissappear and now I am cured, right? WRONG!

    The issue is a special “Rule” that the Socialist Security System uses to discriminate against “certain” people. If you are a “physically disabled person” (AKA-certain people) and happen to marry an able bodied person, then the SOCIALIST SECURITY system will use special “Rules” to legally discriminate against you and deny you benefits, even if you appeal online.

    The SOCIALIST SECURITY system has caused me a lot of economic hardship all because I married an able bodied person. The SOCIALIST SECURITY system thinks someone who is physically disabled (permanently and totally disabled) marries an “able bodied person”, that somehow magically they are cured of their physical disability and two people can survive off the able bodied persons income. WOW, talk about a bunch of bureaucratic idiotic thinking, that somehow this would not cause a financial hardship….. amazing.

    The rules that the Social Security Administration uses to legally discriminate against persons who are “Adult Disabled Children” who happen to marry an able bodied person, are discriminatory. This is loosely referred to as the “marriage penalty” but I call it exactly what it is, a legal form of discrimination.
    I firmly believe this rule, is an act of bias, prejudice and discrimination against people who (by no fault of their own) are born disabled and happen to marry an able bodied person

    Please write your Congressional Representative and tell them to end this modern day form of Legal Discrimination. In this day of fairness and equality, there are still some people suffering from an outdated and oppressive bureaucratic rule.

    (PS. notice how the only thing any of these SOCIALIST SECURITY workers ever say are quotes of the rules or processes, like a worker drone. They are unable to address any topics that fall outside of their rule books). Typical bureaucracy and bureaucratic responses, like trying to argue over lost change with a vending machine!

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  24. Where are the SS rights of a married disabled person addressed? I am particularly interested in knowing about the survivor’s benefits a disabled person may be entitled to.

  25. II was approved without an attorney in about 6 weeks I was so bad. Problem, you still get discriminated against. In NH Superior Court where I have an ADA case. The New Hampshire Commission for Civil Rights found probable cause and the Elks appealed to Superior Court. I’m a member of the Elks. I asked for a meeting time change of the Home Committee to the day or weekend to talk about illegal activity in the Lodge as an accommodation to my disability as at night I am too fatigued. They refused. The Amendments Act of the ADA from 1989 says extensive analysis shall not be required to determine a disability. It also states your are considered disabled if you have a previous disability. The Judge allowed the Elks attorney to depose 7 of my doctors, requested all the medical information from my doctors for over 10 years, all my financial information and for me to answer all medcial questions which they were going to get from the doctors anyway just to harass me. The Regional ADA opined that was way to much information according to what Congress wanted. The Judge in NH ignored it and allowed all the information. No “supposed” disability organization has helped. They all have no time. The NHCHR is a joke and the Governor’s Commissionis worse when it comes to help. Congressmen Guinta got no where. So you may be disabled but don’t file any ADA cases. There is no help.

  26. Millions of people get SS benefits because it was easy to get them as soon as their unemployment checks ran out.
    Huge spike in disbursements after obama took office.
    Part of the Cloward-Piven strategy!
    Yes I know many do deserve them!
    But then some MDs specialize in Faking problems!
    And not enough investigators!

    • The Social Security Act sets out a strict definition for disability. 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. However, if a person thinks that he or she meets our definition of disability, we encourage them to apply for disability benefits when they become disabled. We pay disability benefits through two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you think you are disabled under our rules, you can apply for disability benefits online. You may find our listing of impairments useful. Please call us at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday or contact your local office for further assistance.

  27. A 59 years old disabled man apply for SSDI dec. 2012 . Compassionate Allowances SSI was given and start on Jan to the end of June 2013, SSA found the man was disabled on July 15 ,2013, No SSI or SSDI received from July to Dec. 2013, Benifits begin on February 2014. The Question here, Is there any Retroactive payment from July 15 ,2013 to the end of December 2013.
    We are looking forward for 5 months and half Back payment that still not receive. Thank you.

    • Thanks for your question Edwin. Current law requires everybody that is approved for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI program to serve a 5 month waiting period. The first Social Security disability benefit payment is paid for the sixth full month after the date the disability begins. Here is an example: If the state agency decides your disability began on January 15, your first disability benefit will be paid for the month of July. Social Security benefits are paid in the month following the month for which they are due, so you’ll receive your July benefit in August.
      You mentioned SSI payments for 6 months. The Supplemental Security Income or SSI program is a needs based program that pays benefits to disabled adults who have limited income and resources. A provision within the SSI program allows local Social Security offices to make “presumptive” disability payments to individuals that apply for SSI for the first time, and meet all the non-medical factors of eligibility, and their medical condition is such that there is a strong likelihood that their claim will be medically approved. These payments may be made for up to six months while waiting for the formal disability decision. We hope this information helps!

      • Thanks for the earliest reply. My State as I mentioned they are all good to handle this situation without any help of any lawyer. My question is the waiting period of five months for a legitimate DIS abled. I understand the procedure the first monthly check is after full six calendar month. But what happened to the first five months of being legitimate disabled ? Any Back payment of the said first five months ?

        • Hi Edwin.The waiting period consists of five (5) full calendar months in a row and you are not entitled to benefits for any month in the waiting period. The 5 month waiting period ensures that during the early months of disability, we do not pay benefits to persons who do not have long-term disabilities, and avoid duplicating other income protection plans (such as employer sick-pay plans) during the early months of disability. Remember that Social Security disability benefits are paid to individuals who cannot work because of a disability that is expected to last at least one year or result in death.

          • Also there is no other protection p k an or income and before filing SSDI three years plus out of work. Thank you.

  28. How about multiple stroke and more illness plus a senior citizen oVer 60 years old.. I think this one should qualified for retroactive.

  29. Help is all I ask for, cause I am suffering with my disability I want to be happy and normal like the beautiful world . Plants,animals can thrive in this world so all I ask is for me as well. I’ve been battling this disability all my life and it’s so hard for me to carry on living its gotten even harder so know I’ve come out and announce my problem and I don’t know any or their way to help myself my mind has control over me and not I have control over it. Thank you for all your support God bless take care love Darrick Horsley

  30. I thought social security disability & ssi started in 1990 when a boy was trying to work & they denied him the job because of his disability & he didn’t have anything until he fought it in court& won the case

  31. I’ve lost all faith in this system! I can barely get out of a chair most days after suffering a major back injury causing severe nerve damage throughout my body back in 2014. Four years later, I finally get the appeals committee denial response. All I hear is you’re so young at 44. Last I checked, injuries know no age limits. Evidently, attorneys don’t want to take cases to Federal court, because they risk not getting an easy pay day. I’ve lost almost everything I own in life and certain to be homeless soon. Yet, Obama’s government gives illegals money that we as taxpayers pay into. I know people on SSDI with only carpal tunnel. Yet, someone like me can’t get approved because of my age!!

  32. As much as I would like 2 say i’m only aware of one thing & that is, it is as good as it is bad otherwise how would their be a balance 2 work with…thus i know on a scale of 1 to 10 i’m not whatever normal might be considered these days…take sin 4example is not sin anymore, but an alternative lifestyle…wickedness is so thick that if u could cut it with a knife blood is all u would c…

  33. I wish there was a way to contact the supervisors in the finance office. I am on disability, however it was assumed I was on worker’s comp and I am not. I have submitted proof Three (3) times by mail, fax, and in person. My former worker’s comp folks even did so. The local office says that they have sent the proof and proper adjustment paperwork out and it just needs a signature and it will be fixed. This was in February and it is now May. I have been told several times that it is requiring a “manager to manager” call to get it finished and just “have patience, there is a backlog”….I used to work for the government so I understand, but the electric company and landlord do not. I have no more to pawn or lose and I am not able to work any whatsoever. Another surgery is in 3 weeks. Will I have a place to come home to? All over a simple signature on a desk in Chicago. Please help.

    • We apologize for the long wait, Jeff. We have referred your inquiry to our Operations staff to follow up and to take corrective action as necessary. We appreciate your feedback, and thank you for bringing this to our attention.

      • Thank You for such a rapid reply. I also received an email from a Mr.Doug Nguyen this afternoon asking me to call and gave me a number, I so appreciate y’all’s attention. God Bless Y’all.

        • Thank You Again. Within 2 weeks as promised by Mr. Martinez y’all accomplished what my local folks in Texas could not seem to do in 6 months. God Bless Y’all.

    • Hello Timothy. No need to do anything. Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries attain their full retirement age. Benefits are not interrupted with this transition and the benefit amount will generally remains the same.
      We hope this information helps to clarify this issue.

  34. welll idk about mine i have been 4 years says a medical decison has been mad an your deciosn is being processed idk have no ideal what thyats means

    • Thank you for contacting us, Charles. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you.

      To inquire about your disability decision status, please call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  35. My husband became disabled in 2016 he was first approved for ssi and then they said he could be eligible for ssdi due to his work history well we went ahead and went with the ssdi due to it being more money well what they didnt inform us of is they can take child support out of ssdi so we started out thinking we would be ok on my income and his check to having to move out of our apt and live in a camper cuz after child support it left us with 298.00 a month .how would they ever expect someone to live of 298.00 a month? And what they are taking is back support! Ok so my questions are? If he has minor children he provides for how is he supposed to care for the child in the home? What is the % they can take out of his check? Also is it possible to switch back to ssi like he was getting in the beginning so we have money to pay our bills?

    • Hi Ashley, thank you for your questions. We can withhold Social Security benefits to enforce your husband’s legal obligation to pay child support, alimony or restitution. State laws determine a valid garnishment order. By law, we garnish current and continuing monthly benefits. We do not make retroactive adjustments. Your husband cannot appeal to Social Security for implementing garnishment orders. If he disagrees with the garnishment, he should contact an attorney or representative where the court issued the order.

      Your husband must file for Social Security disability benefits because the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. When someone is receiving SSI, they are required to file for all other benefits that they are eligible for.

  36. I’ve been receiving SSA benefits for over one year, starting when I was just over 66. I have had severe spinal problems for a long time but the last 6-8 months the pain has made it very painful and difficult to work. I’ve tried injections, therapy, etc., but no relief. My MD (an orthopedic surgeon) is giving me the option of a huge operation which would include lumbar fusion. That requires a lengthy recovery and it is not know for sure if the surgery will be a success or if I will able to work afterward. I work part-time now, but it’s increasingly difficult and I drive over 3 hours each way weekly to get to work which is very hard on my back as well, staying at a relative’s home for a couple of nights while scheduled to work. My family MD told me I can apply for disability, perhaps through the state (CA). Can a person receive SSA benefits AND SSI or some other disability benefits concurrently?

    • Cindy, thank you for using our blog to ask your question. Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries become full retirement age. The law does not allow a person to receive both retirement and disability benefits on one earnings record at the same time.

      Supplemental Security Income (SSI) gives cash assistance to people with limited income and resources who are age 65 or older, blind or disabled. To find out who qualifies and how to apply, go to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits web page.

      You can inquire about social services from the state in which you live. These services include 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 web page for more information. Thanks.

  37. I received Social Security disability payments for a few years before I reached retirement age and my payments were converted to regular Social Security payments. I do not receive enough money to make ends meet.
    Can I go to work to earn a little extra money or will I be penalized if I do so since I received Social Security disability payments prior to reaching retirement age? I will be 68 years old in April 2020. Please advise asap.

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