What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
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What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
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Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
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Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Why do social security disability and ssi overpayments happen ?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Disability benefit overpayments (both social security disability and SSI) happen for a variety of reasons. Some overpayments are caused by the disability beneficiary and others are not.
Overpayments are often created due to work activity on the part of the disability beneficiary,resulting in an overpayment of monthly benefits to the beneficiary and their dependents. Performing SGA---in other words, earning more gross monthly income than the allowed limit for SGA or substantial gainful activity---may suspend your monthly benefit.
Additionally, some overpayments are caused by disability medical cessations. What does this mean? It means that the state agency responsible for reviewing your file every few years (see CDRs) has determined that you have had medical improvement and are no longer disabled according to Social Security rules and regulations.
In such situations, if a benefit recipient has elected to continue receiving benefits while they appeal their cessation and then lose their disability appeal, they will have been overpaid and will be responsible for paying this money back.
In somewhat rarer instances, of course, it may be that the Social Security administration has paid a disability benefits recipient too much money due to a computational error, which may not be the fault of the recipient.
Therefore, if you receive a letter from Social Security stating you have an overpayment, you should contact your local Social Security office to determine the cause of the overpayment and to make arrangements to resolve the overpayment.
What should you do if you have been assessed an overpayment of disability benefits? For more information, refer to this page:
What should you do when a disability overpayment happens?
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Individual Questions and Answers
SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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