When individuals become ill or injured and are unable to continue working, they worry about whether they'll ever be able to work again and how they'll make ends meet. Most persons with disabilities have lots of questions, about the potential benefits they can apply for to make up for lost wages, about how they can get health care, and about their rights against employment or housing discrimination or being fired. Here are answers to some common questions we get from readers who are in the same boat.
Will My SSDI or SSI Benefits Transfer Between States?
Both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are federal programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
What Does a Social Security Representative Payee Do?
A Social Security representative payee helps disabled individuals manage their benefits.
What can I do if Social Security didn't give me the correct disability start date?
I applied for SSDI in January of 2016 and, although I have been disabled since a major surgery on 01/20/14, SSDI chose 01/20/15 as my effective disability start date.
What Will Cause Your Social Security Disability Benefits to Stop?
If you start working, or your medical condition improves, or you change your living situation, your disability benefits could be terminated.
Do My Disability Benefits Remain Intact If I Get Married?
Social Security benefits sometimes make up the bulk of a person's income, so it's important to know whether getting married will affect the receipt of these benefits.
How Does an Addiction to Prescribed Narcotics Affect Disability Benefits?
Dependency on prescribed narcotics won't keep you from getting disability, assuming you have a severe medical impairment other than drug addiction.
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