SSI and SSDI Articles


President's Budget Proposes Disability Trust Fund Fix, Other Assistance for People with Disabilities

President Obama's recently-released Fiscal Year 2016 Budget proposes a reallocation of payroll taxes to fix the anticipated shortfall in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) trust fund, along with increased employment assistance for people with disabilities and additional funding for the hiring of administrative law judges to handle disability benefit appeals.

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Senate Report Highlights Concerns About Disability Claim Backlogs

A report written by the Republican staff of the Senate's subcommittee on investigations found that administrative law judges - who decide appeals of federal disability claims - were not always properly citing medical evidence when making positive disability determinations, due in part to an massive caseload that sees some judges processing more than 500 cases a year.

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Case Proves There Are No Easy Answers When It Comes to Divorce and Children with Special Needs

A recent decision by a Minnesota appeals court illustrates the often difficult intersection of special needs planning and divorce law.

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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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Lawsuit Claiming Social Security Administration Discriminated Against Same-Sex Couples Prompts Agency Action

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has temporarily stopped sending repayment notices to some Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries after two same-sex married couples filed a lawsuit to prevent the agency from recouping SSI benefits that they were overpaid because the SSA refused to recognize their marriages.

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Can I Give Away Money and Still Retain My SSI Benefit?

I receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.  If I suddenly receive $10,000, can I immediately gift the money to my adult child who does not have special needs and still maintain SSI eligibility?

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Social Security Administration Attempts to Correct Gay Marriage "Penalty" for Some SSI Recipients

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has finally decided that it can’t have it both ways when it comes to gay couples it once claimed weren’t married.

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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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