Disability, Survivors

There For You During Life’s Uncertainties

June 13, 2015 • By

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Last Updated: June 13, 2015

A person being taken to the hospital in an ambulance.One has only to look at the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal or recall the Boston Marathon bombing to realize that uncertainty is a certainty of life.

Disability can happen to anyone at anytime — when we least expect it.

You can’t always prepare for what life throws at you. Unexpected, sometimes tragic, events can catch you off-guard, leaving you vulnerable.

When times of uncertainty strike, there’s something you can count on: Social Security’s programs are there to support the financial security of nearly every American, often during times of personal and family hardship. Our disability programs play a large role in supporting individuals with disabilities.

In fact, our disability program is critically important to our nation and includes the Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs.

People who can’t work because they have a medical condition that’s expected to last at least one year or result in death can receive benefits, and in some instances, their family members can as well.

We’re also here to support you when you experience a death in your family. With our online Survivors Benefits Planner tool, you can look at benefits from two sides: how your family members will be protected if you die, and how you may qualify as a survivor on someone else’s Social Security record. These benefits can be especially significant for young families with children.

Disability can happen to anyone at anytime — when we least expect it. If you’re going through an unexpected hardship, our employees are here to serve you and your family. To learn more about our programs and services, visit www.socialsecurity.gov.


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      Hello. Is that true that human resources, welfare can subtract a full amount, from the beginning of welfare case opened, from social security pension if case resolved in a person favor? Thank you.

      • Ray F.

        Hi Aleksandr. If you’re referring to “garnishment of Social Security benefits”, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page for information.

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    I’m still having Migraines every day with the help of my Meds It can help. I was on Disabilty up unti my husband passed 2001. Now that the meds are going up,Up,Up it’s getting even more difficult to pay for them It’s now $580.00, and they plan on riseing it again as to $2.00 a Pill? Ouch!! I have a LOE INCOME HERE , and I NEED HELP PLEASE?

    • James L.

      Hi Carolyn. You may be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled people with limited income and resources. SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities, who meet the financial limits. When you receive SSI benefits, we take your income and resources into consideration. Your monthly benefit amount is based on the income and resources available to you. Please visit here for more information on SSI benefits and how you can apply. In addition, you may be eligible to receive extra help to pay for your prescription drug costs. We hope this information is helpful.

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    I live off SSI im plated from neck to tailbone, I run off 2 spine stimulators 1 quit working when turned in neck it feels like your fire, I’m scared to have these removed I was told by surgeon it’s very risky surgery, but due to failure I think this manufacturers responsibility, to pay, for removing and pain and suffering

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