Social Security’s Definition of Disability

" "This month marks the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. Disability affects millions of Americans. It can inhibit peoples’ quality of life and their ability to earn a living. Social Security is here to help you and your family, but there are strict criteria for meeting the definition of disability. The definition of disability under Social Security is also different than it is for other programs. We do not pay benefits for partial or short-term disability.

Social Security has a strict definition of disability. Social Security program rules assume that working families have access to other resources to provide support during periods of short-term disabilities, including workers’ compensation, insurance, savings, and investments.

Social Security is also required by law to review the current medical condition of people receiving disability benefits to make sure they continue to have a qualifying disability. Generally, if someone’s health hasn’t improved, or if their disability still keeps them from working, they will continue to receive benefits.

Social Security is a support system for people who cannot work because of a disability. You can learn more about Social Security’s disability program on our website and also by accessing our starter kits and checklists.

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  2. My thoughts our if you plan ahead and take that LTD your employer offers , and your getting CA STD while you wait is fine. But as soon as your entitlements from your private plan , IT STOPS.. You don’t wait until CA STD runs out. Yes you paid for both but California can use that money and put it towards, say social security? I’m wondering why this has continued and this is only one thing I see why we will have a shortfall, My private LTD should of been given to me 4 months ago? But we’re waiting to deplete the states fund ? Why would this be okay but then SSDI waits and denies if your not accepted. This has to change because that person will become worse and then your going to eventually pay more in the big picture.

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  4. Am I still eligible to receive disability if I have to take the anti rejection Drug PROGRAF for the rest of my life to curtail rejection after a liver transplant
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