Posts Tagged disability benefits

What happens if I am disabled before the age of 22?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Whether you’re passed the age of retirement or barely out of high school, becoming disabled can have a huge impact on your life. It can also happen at any age too, which is problematic because this means that it may be difficult to plan for.

In this week’s blog post, we wanted to focus on people who become disabled before the age of 22. This is considered by some to be a critical age because a person may have only limited work experience at this time in their life. They may […]

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How could recent VA decision affect your disability claim?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Monday, July 7, 2014.

As so many of our Illinois readers know from first-hand experience, filing for disability benefits can be a frustrating process filled with complicated restrictions and confusing questions. But this process can be made even more frustrating when the agencies associated with disability benefits, such as the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs, change who can receive benefits and for what conditions.

Some of our readers might be experiencing this frustration at this very moment because of a decision that was made recently by the VA. As some of […]

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Are Social Security statements returning to mailboxes?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Friday, January 24, 2014.

The Social Security Advisory Board, the governmental entity tasked with ensuring that the public understands the nation’s retirement and disability systems, made a rather momentous announcement earlier this week.

Specifically, the board announced on Wednesday that it was recommending that the Social Security Administration reinstate the practice of mailing annual Social Security Statements to all beneficiaries.

As you may recall, the SSA suspended the mailing of the statements back in May 2011 due to what it classified at the time as acute budgetary concerns. In its place, the agency introduced the MySSA […]

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Lawsuit filed against Social Security Administration for case quotas

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Friday, April 19, 2013.

Whether you’ve read about the current state of the Social Security Administration here on this blog or heard about it somewhere else, chances are you’re like most Illinois residents and are concerned about the direction the administration is going. Like most people across the nation, you’ve probably heard about the complete depletion of funds by 2016 and the ever increasing number of disability cases each year. But something you may not have heard about is the lawsuit currently against the Social Security Administration for alleged case quotas.

The lawsuit […]

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What affect is the sequester having on SSD and SSI benefits?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Friday, March 22, 2013.

In the weeks leading up to March, people across the nation were introduced to a term they had probably never heard before: sequester. Although it carried little meaning for a majority of people, including many here in Illinois, there was still an air of fear about it; it sounded ominous and whatever it was, it was not something the United States wanted to happen.

Now, with the sequester in full swing, people are beginning to see that it is a round of budget cuts designed to curb government spending in hopes […]

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Discord among SSD workers could have an effect on disability-claims

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Friday, March 8, 2013.

For months now, the Social Security Administration has gloated about the vast improvements that the agency has undergone over the course of the last few years. They’ve saved money by cutting office hours and switching to direct deposit. And by adding more illnesses and disabilities to the Compassionate Allowances list, they’ve also decreased the wait time for many applicants across the nation.

But despite this seemingly good news, there hides a surprising truth about the SSD system; a truth that could have a major effect on the number of […]

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How do I know if my mental impairment qualifies for SSD benefits?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, March 1, 2013.

We see this question come up time and time again from clients wondering if they are eligible for valuable disability benefits from the federal government. Because the Social Security system is so complex, the process can often times be frustrating-even for the most seasoned of people.

To see how Social Security determines whether a mental condition qualifies for benefits, we will use the example of a fictitious couple named Jack and Jill. Hopefully, they can clear up some confusion and help people who have similar situations.

Let’s start with Jack. […]

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How do SSD benefits help people reaching retirement age?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, February 22, 2013.

If you ask just about anyone in Illinois who has applied for Social Security benefits, they’ll more than likely tell you that the system is not only complicated, but frustrating as well. But to help cut through some of the confusion, we wanted to focus this week’s post on helping disabled people nearing retirement age maximize their benefits for the long run.

Let’s say you are a disabled worker currently receiving Social Security disability benefits and you are nearing retirement age. Disabled and non-disabled workers may start receiving benefits […]

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2013 VIDA Award given to Commissioner Astrue

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Friday, February 15, 2013.

There are few people on the face of the planet who have done more for the Social Security Administration than Commissioner Michael J. Astrue. As you may remember from past posts, he has already received several awards for his work with Social Security disability beneficiaries; and with this month’s newest award, we see how grateful people truly are of his hard work and dedication.

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health awarded Commissioner Astrue this month with the prestigious VIDA National Hispanic Health Leadership Award for his exemplification of vision, innovation, dedication […]

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$773.2 billion paid out in 2012 to disabled people across nation

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Friday, December 28, 2012.

2012 was a good year for the estimated 8.82 million who received roughly $773.2 billion in benefits, says the Social Security Administration after totaling the numbers from the year.

But with the Social Security program running a $47.8 billion deficit from the 2012 fiscal year, many are wondering what the Social Security disability program will look like in 2013.

According to national data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was an average of 112.5 million full-time workers in 2011, with the private sector claiming about 94.7 million of those workers. Some […]

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