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Requirements to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits

Supplemental Security Income is a program administered by the Social Security Administration and is available to individuals who meet the program's eligibility requirements. This blog post will give a brief description of the program requirements for Texas residents and others.

A person may be eligible for SSI if they are aged at least 65, if they are blind or if they are disabled. Blind is defined as either having central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in one's better eye with use of a correcting lens; or as having a visual field limitation in one's better eye, such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees. Disabled means a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which results in the inability to do any substantial gainful activity and either can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

Mild traumatic brain injuries can result in permanent disability

There are many kinds of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), ranging from mild to severe. In some cases, TBIs are fatal. Severe TBIs can also cause major symptoms, ranging from a change in personality to issues with motor function, memory and even basic self-care. Mild or moderate TBIs can also result in a host of serious symptoms, even if their name implies they are of less concern.

Due to the nature of TBIs and the fact that symptoms may persist for the rest of the life of the injured party, they are one of a host of conditions that may qualify workers for Social Security Disability Income. Regardless of the cause of the brain injury, if it impacts the ability of the injured party to work, care for him- or herself or perform normal daily functions, it may cause issues that result in qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits.

Some information needed for a Social Security disability claim

Social Security disability is a program that helps Houston residents and other American workers when they are unable to earn a living due to a disability. Some Houston residents also have short-term or long-term disability insurance with private insurance carriers. Are the requirements for private disability insurance the same as for Social Security Disability? This blog post will provide a brief answer to this question.

The short answer to the question is that the requirements to receive Social Security disability benefits are usually stricter than the requirements to receive private disability insurance benefits. In order to receive Social Security disability benefits, a claimant must prove, among other things, that they live with a severe condition that is expected to last for at least a year or end in death. This is stricter than the requirements of many private disability insurance plans.

What are the wage reporting requirements for SSI benefits?

People in Texas who meet the income and disability requirements to get Supplemental Security Income might still have the ability and desire to work. Since SSI benefits are based on the needs of the person receiving it and they must be disabled, blind or 65-years-old or older, it is important that a working person who gets SSI reports his or her wages to the Social Security Administration every month. This is referred to as monthly wage reporting. It is a vital part of SSI for people who work.

It is a law that the wages must be reported. They might not even affect the amount the person receives in SSI. If there are expenses that the recipient must pay to work, that is factored in by the SSA when deciding if the SSI benefits should be reduced accordingly. In general, if the person has access to more income, the SSI payments will be reduced. If the reporting is not done in a timely fashion, the recipient might need to repay some money to the SSA.

Social Security disability versus Supplemental Security Income

It's reasonably well-known that Social Security disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income are federal programs that help people living with disabilities that make it impossible for them to work. Many people in Texas may not be aware of the differences between the programs. How does SSD differ from SSI? This blog post will provide some information on the similarities and differences between the two programs.

First, the similarities. Each program is administered by the Social Security Administration. Each program's goal is to supplement the income of beneficiaries who cannot work because of a medical disability. And each program is funded by taxpayers' dollars.

We've helped many secure SSD benefits for illness

While many people think of injuries as the primary cause of disability, illnesses also cause disability for many people in Houston. When many people in turn think of disabling illnesses, they may think of maladies striking older people. But disabling illnesses can happen to people in all stages of life.

Not long ago, we discussed an alarming rise in liver disease among young people here in Texas. One in 10 young Texans were reported to live with aggressive liver disease. Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer are examples of maladies that many younger Texans are living with.

What are the most frequent causes of disability?

Texas workers generally hope to stay employable and healthy for as long as possible, but sometimes the symptoms related to illness and injury lead to a disability that cannot be overcome. If you become disabled by a serious ailment that prevents you from working for longer than a year, you can pursue a disability claim and possibly qualify to receive Social Security disability payments.

Approximately one-third of U.S. workers become disabled before they retire. This translates to a lot of people who might qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) payments.

Basic information about Social Security Disability benefits

Did you know that statistics indicate that a 20-year-old American worker has a one in four chance of becoming disabled before reaching their full retirement age? As a society, we have chosen to provide assistance to disabled workers through a government-operated insurance plan. This insurance plan is called Social Security Disability, and the program is administered by the Social Security Administration, the same government agency that oversees Social Security old age benefits. This blog post will provide some basic information about Social Security Disability benefits.

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, a worker must meet some health-related criteria. First, a worker must be unable to work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or to result in death. Second, a worker must not have a short-term or partial disability. Third, a worker must be younger than the full retirement age. And last, the worker's condition must meet the Social Security Administration's definition of a disability.

Alarming new liver disease statistics for young Texas residents

A disturbing new report was published recently that will be of concern to our Houston readers. The report concerns the rapid increase in certain types of liver disease among younger folks, once thought of as a low risk group for the illness.

A study recently found that an increase in factors like obesity in children, as well as diabetes and high blood pressure, are contributing to a rise in liver transplant surgeries due to end-stage liver disease in this population. The study called out Texas in particular, noting that among residents, an aggressive form of liver disease affects 1 child in 10. A Texas doctor who contributed to the study observed children as young as 7 years old with the disease, and even one 13-year-old patient with cirrhosis of the liver stemming from it.

Houston residents to see increase in SSI benefits next year

Last week, the Social Security Administration made an important announcement of which our Houston readers should be aware. The news will affect those receiving Supplemental Security Income as well as other benefits from Social Security.

The agency announced a COLA, or cost-of-living adjustment, of 2 percent for 2018. This means a welcome increase for over 66 million recipients of Social Security benefits, including 8 million who receive SSI-related benefits. SSI, as our frequent readers are aware, supports individuals with disabilities who do not have enough of a work history to be eligible for Social Security Disability, or SSD. They will see their 2 percent COLA adjustment take effect on December 29 of this year.