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Proposed Changes to SSDI Present a Problem

The Social Security Administration, at the request of President Trump, has proposed some major changes to two of its core programs, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If these changes are pushed through, many New Yorkers who previously qualified for benefits…

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You Might Have to Work While Waiting for Disability

Tom Petty sang that “the waiting is the hardest part,” and boy was he right. When you are trying to figure out how to move forward with your life after becoming disabled, waiting on the Social Security Administration to decide if your application for Social…

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Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

What is the difference between SSI and SSDI benefits? The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program was created in 1972 by the Social Security Amendments during the Nixon administration. It began serving the public in 1974. The SSI program is funded through the U.S. Treasury general…

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Comparing SSD vs. SSI

Should I apply for SSD or SSI benefits? For those just starting off in the process of applying for disability benefit, it can be confusing to determine which benefits you may be able to receive. Confusion often arises between Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental…

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Can I Get SSDI or SSI for Depression?

Depression can be a debilitating condition that impairs a person’s ability to perform daily tasks, including work. There are many depressive disorders that someone may suffer from including bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, dysthymia, manic depression, and many other disorders that cause depression. Chronic depression…

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Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits

Who is eligible for SSI benefits? The Supplemental Security Income program or SSI is administered by the Social Security Administration. It provides monthly benefits to disabled, blind, or elderly individuals that have few resources and a limited income. For struggling individuals, SSI benefits can be…

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Exploring Social Security Spousal Benefits and Auxiliary Benefits

Can I still receive Social Security spousal benefits if I am divorced? Spousal benefits allow a husband or wife to receive a portion of a spouse’s Social Security benefits, even if the spouse has never worked. Similarly, auxiliary benefits go to the spouse of a…

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I’m Receiving Social Security Disability – Can My Family Receive Auxiliary Benefits?

Accidents, illnesses, and any number of other calamities can suddenly and unexpectedly remove you from the workforce. When that happens, it generally has a very disruptive effect on a family’s finances. For that reason, in addition to offering disability benefits to the worker, the Social…

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SSDI v SSI: Which Benefits Should I Seek?

What is the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? If you are disabled and struggling to cover your expenses, you may wish to consider applying for benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA offers two different programs…

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Landlord’s Refusal to Pay for Bathtub for Disabled Tenant Proves Costly

What are the rights of the disabled when asking a landlord to make “reasonable modifications”? It is widely understood that, under Federal, state and local law, it is illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities. When it comes to housing, for example, landlords can be…

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