Posts Tagged Social Security Disability benefits

Total disability does not have to mean total loss of finances

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

Whether you became disabled because of a serious injury or illness or have lived with the impairment since birth, chances are you have thought about, at some point in your life, how it can affect your finances. This is especially true if you are totally disabled and unable to work.

How will you support yourself and pay for day to day expenses? Will you have enough money to cover the cost of medical care? Will you have to rely on someone financially for the rest of your life? These are the […]

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Is there a plan to save Social Security benefits?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, April 26, 2013.

Readers of our blog know that the Social Security Administration has made a number of changes over the last few years. From budget cuts to the fear of the trust fund running out, an overhaul to the SSA system has been on the forefront of the legislative branch’s mind for quite some time. But with recent estimates pegging the dry-up period years sooner than expected, many Illinois residents, as well as others across the country, are left wondering if a plan is in place to save Social Security benefits for […]

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The fate of disability benefits rides on Obama’s new budget idea

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, April 12, 2013.

Funding for Social Security Disability is going to run out by 2016. Or at least that’s what the so-called experts are saying. We’ve seen the headlines on news sources across the web with no for-certain validation from the federal government.

What we do know from the Social Security Administration is that disability claims have been on a steady increase since 2003 and skyrocketed when the recession cost millions of Americans their jobs nationwide. So what is the plan then to make sure that the more than 8.8 million people on

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Illinois representative suggests legislation to cut government spending

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

“Instead of balancing the federal budget on the backs of Illinois middle class families, seniors and veterans, we can start by reducing duplicative services and rooting out waste in government,” explains Rep. Cheri Bustos whose new piece of legislation is aimed at implementing budget cuts by reducing “wasteful” government spending.

Although her bill mostly focuses on protecting and strengthening Medicare and Social Security, one can’t help but see the benefits that additional funding could do for programs such as Social Security Disability as well. And with Social Security funding […]

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Parents in Illinois ask: can disabled children qualify for benefits?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, January 11, 2013.

As readers of our blog may already be aware, it’s common knowledge that the Social Security Administration covers adults with disabilities and provides benefits to people who may be experiencing financial difficulties because of their disability.

But some parents in Illinois have asked a rather good question that we hope we can answer for them. The question revolves around children with disabilities and whether they can qualify for benefits from the Social Security Administration.

The answer is undoubtedly yes. There are currently two Social Security disability programs that provide benefits […]

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What do I do if my disability claim has been denied?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, December 14, 2012.

This is a great question that many of our readers may be asking themselves right now. It’s important to remember that a denied claim is not the end of the road; you have the right to appeal. Here’s how the process works:

First, you must submit a request for reconsideration. During the reconsideration process all evidence, including newly submitted evidence, will be taken into account. Generally speaking, a person does not need to make an appearance in this process, but in cases where benefits for a disability have been denied because […]

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Commissioner of Social Security receives 2012 President’s Award

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, November 16, 2012.

Since the start of his career in February 2007, Michael J. Astrue has made it his main goal in life to help people with disabilities, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Throughout his tenure, he has made it a point to change the perception that some people have about the Social Security disability system and the people who are currently receiving benefits. In commemoration of his five years of service, the charitable organization known as The Arc presented him with the 2012 President’s Award which honors those people whose work […]

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Number of baby boomer SSDI applicants may skyrocket

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, May 31, 2012.

Most members of the baby boomer generation are at least 50 years old, meaning they are at an age where disability is an increasingly likely possibility. Many of them are not quite at retirement age, and that means that many of them may first file for disability benefits.

They aren’t the only ones applying for benefits. The number of Americans applying for Social Security disability benefits has increased by a staggering 30 percent since 2007. The number of people actually receiving benefits is up 23 percent.

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SSA to judges: No more Internet when deciding disability cases

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Thursday, May 24, 2012.

Social Security judges have been in the news a lot lately. Last week, we told you about how a judge was recently placed on leave. Now comes word that there some changes afoot regarding what judges are allowed to look at as evidence.

Some Social Security disability claims judges say that they use the Internet as a tool to reveal fraud by claimants. But the Social Security Administration is putting the kibosh on judges using the Internet for that purpose.

The reasoning, according to the SSA: Searching on […]

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Even with Disability Benefits Woman Struggles to Survive

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, April 13, 2012.

Social Security Disability benefits are available to disabled individuals in every state, including Illinois. Without these benefits, many ill or injured individuals who are unable to work simply would not survive.

One woman suffering from multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, a heart murmur and COPD has found herself in a difficult situation. She receives Social Security disability benefits. To live, she must take high amounts of medication. She receives her health care from Medicaid. Treatment for multiple sclerosis alone costs $1,800 a month.

The woman had been living […]

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