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Differences between SSI and SSDI

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSI on Monday, June 2, 2014.

There is often confusion between the differences in Social Security disability insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income. While both programs are administered by the Social Security Administration, SSI is need based and is for individuals with limited financial resources.

SSI is available for individuals 65 or older and can be used to assist disabled children or adults of any age. However, SSI does not generate benefits necessarily to other members in the family.

The maximum amounts received will be essentially the same for individuals in Illinois as in any other part of […]

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Early Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and expedited claims

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. This disease takes a tremendous toll upon the individual suffering from the condition and on the family of that person as well.

Sadly, we are also seeing a large number of cases dealing with early onset of Alzheimer’s. One woman’s mother began showing signs of this condition when she was 62-years-old. The mother demonstrated signs of serious confusion, had left bills unpaid which resulted in the heat in the home being shut-off and she did not seem to have the capacity to deal with […]

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The need for expedited claims among the severely disabled

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

We have spoken about the Compassionate Allowances program for expedited claims. Recently certain medical conditions have been added to the compassionate allowance listing allowing for claims to be more quickly reviewed. Also, the Social Security Administration has been fast-tracking disabled veteran applications where the veteran demonstrates that he or she is 100 percent disabled.

Other than the expediting of claims, recipients under the Compassionate Allowance still must go through the same application process. This means that the Social Security Administration will require the same level of […]

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Compassionate Allowance program and the needs of the disabled

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, April 18, 2014.

There have been a great number of complaints concerning Social Security disability insurance applicants have to wait in order to have their applications processed.  However, the Compassionate Allowance program was put in place by the Social Security Administration in order that applicants with specific medical conditions can receive their SSDI benefits within 20 days.

Around 200,000 individuals are covered by this program.  It now appears that even more individuals will be covered as 25 conditions have been added to the Compassionate Allowance program.

Conditions listed in the Compassionate Allowance program […]

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25 conditions added to Compassionate Allowances program

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, January 31, 2014.

Those who are relatively unfamiliar with the many processes and procedures surrounding the securing of Social Security disability benefits may be entirely unaware of the existence of the incredibly valuable Compassionate Allowances program.

CAL was established by the Social Security Administration in recognition of the fact that some people are suffering from medical conditions so severe that they would clearly satisfy the agency’s definition of disability, and benefit greatly from expedited processing of their SSDI and SSI claims.

Applicants are not required to fill out any special paperwork under the […]

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Federal student loans can be forgiven for SSDI recipients

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Monday, January 6, 2014.

Many of us take out student loans from the federal government in order to obtain a degree, and then work for many years to pay off the debt. However, if a serious disability strikes, a person may no longer be able to work or continue making loan payments.

The good news is that people who qualify for Social Secuirty Disability benefits because of a total and permanent disability are also often able to have their federal student loans forgiven.

Additionally, people who have not worked long enough to qualify for […]

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SSDI appeals: perseverance is a virtue

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

Perseverance is a virtue that parents work hard to teach their children.

After all, having a mindset of not giving up after an initial defeat in pursuit of a worthy goal is an important like skill.

And it is certainly important to have this mindset in the application process for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. It is important because about 70 percent of the claims for SSDI benefits are initially denied.

As we will discuss in this post, an initial denial does not mean your claim is over. Many claims are eventually […]

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SSDI applications by disabled service members are expedited

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

This past Monday, our nation celebrated Veteran’s Day. A Chicago celebration of their service and sacrifice included a tribute at Soldier Field.

It’s an excellent time to note that active military personnel receive expedited service when applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration says any member of the military who became disabled while on active duty at any time since Oct. 1, 2001, is eligible for the expedited processing of their claim. The SSA says it doesn’t matter where the disability took place, so that non-combat injuries […]

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Mother appeals SSA decision to suspend SSI benefits for her and her children

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

A heart-wrenching story out of Florida reminds residents here in Illinois of how deeply mistakes made by the Social Security Administration can affect people. This is especially true if they take away benefits from people who need them the most.

In November 2012, a 36-year-old mother received a letter from the Social Security Administration office regarding her benefits. It was weird, she thought, because she had never received communications surrounding her benefits since she began receiving them for herself and her two disabled children, ages 10 and 12, several years ago. […]

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Cancer survivor fighting to change laws surrounding disability benefits

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

People living in Chicago and beyond might take their health for granted. People get up every day and go to work. However, in an instant, an illness or serious injury can turn a person’s life upside down and leave them unable to work and make a living for themselves.

When that happens, many people rely on Social Security disability benefits. Through the SSDI program, those who have been or are expected to be unable to work for 12 months may be eligible to collect disability benefits. For some, the […]

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