Public Benefits Articles


Social Security-Based Benefits Will Increase 1.7 Percent in 2015

People with special needs and seniors will see their Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits inch up 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration has announced.

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PASS Helps SSI Beneficiaries Achieve Work Goals

The PASS program allows SSI beneficiaries to use their non-SSI income to pay for job training or to start a business.

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Adult Children With Disabilities Can Qualify For Benefits on Parents' Work Records

Although the typical Social Security Disability Insurance recipient has worked for a fairly long time before the onset of his disabling condition, an adult who became disabled before turning 22 can also qualify for SSDI if she has a parent who meets certain qualifications.

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Ticket to Work: A Way to Ease Into the Workforce Without Losing SSDI Benefits

For adults receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) payments, the Social Security Administration offers several programs...

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Having a 'Disability' Depends on Which Law You're Talking About

Under federal law, you may have a disability for purposes of anti-discrimination laws but still not qualify as "disabled" when it comes time to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid.

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How Do Impairment-Related Work Expenses Affect My Federal Disability Benefits?

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) both allow working beneficiaries to deduct certain work-related expenses from their countable income, making it easier to qualify for benefits or, in the case of SSI, to receive a larger payment.

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Medicare to Stop Requiring Patients to Show Progress to Get Coverage of Skilled Services

The Obama administration has provisionally agreed to end Medicare's longstanding practice of requiring that beneficiaries with chronic conditions and disabilities show a likelihood of improvement in order to receive coverage of skilled care and therapy services.

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Government Greatly Expands Conditions Eligible for Fast-Track Disability Approval

People suffering from a range of serious disabilities often must wait months or even years for federal disability benefits, even i...

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