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February 2012 Archives

If You Owe Child Support, Your Disability Benefits May Be at Risk

A change in government policy will permit states to take 100 percent of SSD benefits when back child support is owed. Previously, states could seize only 65 percent from parents, primarily men, who owed child support and elected to receive those benefits by paper check.

The Disability Review Process

If you are receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will review your medical condition periodically to determine whether you still need those benefits. How frequently this occurs depends on the disability for which you receive benefits. If your disability is expected to become less severe, the first review will take place from six to 18 months after you became disabled. Otherwise, your case will be reviewed every three years if some improvement is expected, or every seven years if you are believed to be permanently disabled.

Don't Give Up - Get Help With an SSD Appeal

If you had to appeal a negative Social Security Disability (SSD) decision, you are not alone. The Social Security Administration (SSA) reported that 2011 saw the highest number of SSD appeals. In 2011, the SSA received 859, 514 hearing requests, or appeals, and completed around 3.4 million disability claims. More than half of those claims -at least 1.7 million -- were initially denied. If you do the math, you'll see that around half of the people who were denied actually took the next step and appealed the negative decision.

Getting Married Could Cut SSI Benefits

An Idaho couple has learned the hard way that getting married might have been a bad idea, at least financially. They knew that they wouldn't be living a lavish life style - Trina was receiving SSI benefits, Alex was receiving SSD benefits, and both received food stamps. And before they got married in May, 2011, they checked with their local Social Security office to learn whether their benefits would be affected by marriage.