Public Benefits Articles


Think Carefully Before Giving Gift Cards to an SSI Recipient

Gift cards are the most popular holiday gifts, but they can cause problems for recipients who receive Supplemental Security Income...

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Spouses May Qualify for Early Social Security Benefits If They Care for a Child with Disabilities

A little-known provision in the Social Security regulations allows the spouse of a retiree to also receive Social Security benefits, even if he has not yet reached retirement age, so long as he is caring for a child with disabilities at home.

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Go Fund Me and Other Informal Fundraising Accounts Raise Issues for SSI and Medicaid

Over the past several years, crowdfunding and personal fundraising have become popular ways to raise money for people in need.  Unfortunately, when crowdfunding sites are established for people with special needs who are receiving disability or medical benefits, even with the best of intentions, things can go wrong.

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Planned National Long-Term Care Insurance Program in Critical Condition

The Obama administration may be on the brink of scuttling a new national long-term care insurance program that was part of the health reform law.

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New SSA Policy Makes It Easier to Understand Why Your Special Needs Trust Was Rejected

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently issued an Emergency Message to all personnel requiring workers to specifically inform Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicants or beneficiaries of the reasons a special needs trust has been rejected by the agency.

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Social Security Administration Finally Adopts Electronic Signatures for Medical Release Forms

The Social Security Administration has begun to allow applicants for disability benefits to electronically sign their medical release forms in an attempt to speed up the application process.

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'Compassionate Allowances' Process Speeds Up Disability Applications

In certain circumstances the Social Security Administration will fast-track a disability benefits application through a process known as Compassionate Allowances, usually because the applicant is suffering from a severe disability that may be life-threatening.

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