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July 2016 Archives

What happens at an SSDI hearing?

We have written in other posts about the Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI claims and appeals process. The SSD appeals process includes several steps, including the initiating request for reconsideration. By far, the most important step is the hearing before an administrative law judge. In this post, we will focus on what happens in one of these hearings.

What is a residual functional capacity assessment?

Residents in Missouri who apply for Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI benefits will likely be required to submit to a "residual functional capacity assessment." In this post, we will explain the nature of a functional capacity assessment and show how it affects a person's chances of receiving SSDI benefits.

How does the Social Security Act define "disability"?

Many Missourians who are contemplating filing a claim for disability benefits under the Social Security Act will want to know and understand how the statute defines "disability." In this post, we will review the statutory language and explain how the Social Security Administration or SSA uses the language in evaluating SSD claims.

What is Supplemental Security Income?

The Social Security Administration or SSA administers a number of programs intended to assist Missourians who are disabled or financially impoverished. One of the most used programs is called Supplemental Security Income or SSI, but few people understand how the program works.

Understanding the Social Security disability appeals process

Understanding the Social Security disability appeals process is important for disabled individuals and their families who rely on resources made available to those suffering with a disability that results in an inability to work. In general, Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are available to individuals suffering from a medical condition that lasts longer than 12 months, or is expected to result in death, which renders them unable to work or perform gainful activity. In addition, to qualify for SSD benefits, the disabled individual must meet the work history requirement, however, additional options, such as Supplemental Security Income, may be available to disabled individuals who do not meet the work history requirement.

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