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November 2013 Archives

Latest statistics on Social Security disability benefits released

The Social Security Administration has a great many responsibilities: determining benefits under our nation’s Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income and retirement programs, handling appeals, paying out benefits and -- importantly -- keeping statistics. The agency just released the latest statistics on who received SSDI and SSI benefits, and the 2012 report revealed some noteworthy information about how the program is working.

Food stamp cuts cancel out the COLA boost for many SSI recipients

On Oct. 30, the Social Security Administration announced that beneficiaries of Supplemental Security Income will indeed be receiving slightly more in benefits next year due to a cost of living adjustment, or COLA. The 2014 COLA will increase benefits by 1.5 percent, which is roughly in line with last year’s increase of 1.7 percent.

Family of little girl with Klumpke's palsy still seeking SSI

Many children with conditions such as cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy will require therapy, medical treatment and in-home assistance for the rest of their lives, and parents whose children have these conditions sometimes have to apply for Supplemental Security Income to make ends meet.

I'm disabled from a work injury. Can I get workers' comp and SSD?

It’s fairly common for people to develop disabilities that qualify them for Social Security Disability Insurance after an accident at work. In such cases, people often have other options for disability compensation beyond SSD. Many have a long-term disability insurance policy through an employer, VA disability compensation benefits, or pensions that become available in case of disability. In the case of most work-related injuries, workers’ compensation may be available.

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