Social Security recipients, including those who receive Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), can expect to see their benefit payments increase nearly 9% next year based on a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). The 8.7% Social Security COLA for 2023 is higher than the 2022 adjustment and the highest since 1981. It reflects the … Continue reading “Social Security COLA: Payments To Increase 8.7% in 2023”
Disabled children up to age 18 may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from Social Security if they meet certain disability and financial requirements. Once they turn 18, children receiving SSI are subject to a redetermination of disability according to adult standards. Because Social Security defines “disabled” differently for children and adults, the redetermination … Continue reading “SSI Benefits For Minors—And What Happens When They Turn 18”
The following is a set of frequently asked questions we receive from clients seeking to apply for Social Security Disability benefits or to appeal a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim denial. While this FAQ is a starting point, we also invite you to contact Graham & Graham directly at 1-800-621-8585 for specific questions or a … Continue reading “Social Security Disability Frequently Asked Questions”
To describe the Social Security disability application process as complicated is an understatement. Being approved for the benefits you may deserve is challenging. The approval rate for claims varies throughout the country, however, the national average indicates that about 36% of initial claims are approved – therefore around 64% are DENIED. You can appeal the initial denial … Continue reading “The hidden difficulty filing a Social Security Disability claim”
The majority of those denied their Social Security disability benefits have to survive the appeals process and appear before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Unfortunately the Social Security Administration has a large backlog and the appeals process time it takes to ultimately see an ALJ can take close to two years. Here are the current average … Continue reading “Social Security disability hearing wait times worsen…”
As of March 2016, only seven of the nations’s 169 SSA Hearing Offices hold hearings within a year of when they are requested. The slowest hearing offices take 23 months. Adequate funding and staffing is necessary to decrease these processing times.