As we've discussed on our blog, the Social Security Disability Insurance program plays an invaluable role for disabled workers and their dependents, providing them with a much-needed mechanism for replacing some of their lost income.
Social Security has been a hot topic for discussion and debate in this country for decades. Many Americans support this entitlement program and many do not. Some wish to reform the system by privatizing it and others want to bolster the program by reinforcing its federal financial support.
If you have been diagnosed with a potentially aggressive form of cancer or with another medical condition that is either terminal or is so serious that you are almost certainly going to need a year or more to receive treatment and recover, you may qualify for a special initiative. This initiative is sponsored by the Social Security Administration and it is called the Compassionate Allowances Initiative.
Congress has only been in session for a few weeks. But within the span of those limited weeks, lawmakers have drummed up a great deal of controversy. One of the more controversial moves that the House has made involves a proposed rule that would dramatically affect Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits now and those that may need to collect this kind of benefits in the future.
When an individual becomes disabled due to illness, injury or mental condition, his or her ability to work may be impacted immediately. That individual may require medical treatment and may have trouble covering the costs of that medical care and the costs of everyday living. The federal government offers disabled Americans the opportunity to apply for Social Security Disability benefits in part to address the financial consequences that can result from disability. Unfortunately, too many Americans are forced to wait for months or even years as their application is processed and appealed.
When the president recently announced his controversial plan of executive action in regards to immigration reform, many Americans were left with questions about the plan, who it affects and what the consequences of the plan may be. One of the beneficial consequences of the president’s immigration plan is that undocumented immigrants who apply for work permits in accordance with the plan will be eligible for certain government subsidies after working for a certain number of years and/or reaching retirement age, depending on the subsidy in question.
Over the past several months, federal lawmakers and regulators have questioned the actions of numerous administrative judges who regularly decide whether individuals should be approved for Social Security Disability benefits or not. A new report indicates that certain cases heard by these judges lack rationale in favor of individuals applying for benefits that is ultimately well-supported. When judges are criticized for awarding too many individuals SSD benefits and are also criticized for making well-deserving applicants wait too long to receive approval, one wonders whether or not judges should be subjected to stricter scrutiny.
It may surprise people to learn that the Treasury Department has rather strict guidelines in place concerning how those who rely on the Social Security Disability Insurance program to make ends meet can receive their monthly benefits.
Not everyone chooses to dedicate his or her life to a career. Perhaps you decided to stay home and raise your children, or perhaps your spouse simply made enough for you to not have to worry about entering the workforce.
Cost of living adjustments or COLAs are necessary for the millions of individuals across the nation who survive on Social Security disability or retirement benefits or Supplemental Security Income.