SSI and SSDI Articles


A Warning for Medicaid Beneficiaries Traveling Out of State

In many states, full Medicaid coverage is often equal to, or even better than, many private health insurance plans, allowing SSI b...

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Social Security Administration Issues 2009 Cost of Living Adjustments

The Social Security Administration recently issued its 2009 Cost of Living Adjustments, which result in slightly larger Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) awards for 2009, amongst other changes.

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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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Federal Disability Benefits Set to Rise Only 1.5 Percent

People with disabilities and senior citizens will receive a 1.5 percent increase in their Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in 2014, an even smaller cost of living adjustment than last year's 1.7 percent.

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Why You Might Still Need a Special Needs Trust Even If You Don't Receive SSI or Medicaid

There are many benefits to having a special needs trust that go far beyond the ability to maintain eligibility for SSI or Medicaid.  For example, although Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) does not have asset or income requirements, this does not mean that SSDI beneficiaries should not have special needs trusts. 

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Qualified Disability Trusts Can Offer Tax Savings

Some special needs trusts may be eligible for considerable tax savings.Here's how.

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NPR Report on Disability Benefits Raises Furor

A recent National Public Radio (NPR) report on disability benefits has drawn fire from disability advocates and eight former Commissioners of the Social Security Administration for relying on anecdotal evidence and exaggeration to imply that people are abusing the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) systems.

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What You Need to Know About Applying for Disability Benefits

Applying for disability benefits from the federal government through the SSDI or SSI programs can be a daunting task.  Here is a brief overview of how the application process works and what you can expect after you've applied.

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