What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
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If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
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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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How do I apply for a Social Security disability widow’s claim ?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
The first step in the disabled widow-widower’s claim is to contact the Social Security Administration to inquire about your potential entitlement to Social Security widow/widower’s disability benefits.
There are some factors of entitlement which must be met before you can be entitled to a disability benefit based on your deceased spouse’s earnings.
You must be between the age of 50 and 60 to apply for disabled widow-widower’s benefits. Also the widow/widower’s benefit must be higher than you own potential or current disability benefit amount.
Additionally, if you are a divorced, disabled widow-widower, the above factors of entitlement still apply and you must have been married to your ex-spouse for ten years.
Once the non-medical requirements are met, you will need to provide the usual >disability interview information regarding your medical or psychological conditions, and work activities. Your claim will be forwarded to the state disability agency (that handles disability determinations for the social security administration) for a medical decision if an initial medical determination is needed.
However, if you are already entitled to disability based on your own earnings or based on need (SSI), you may not be required to provide medical information for a medical decision and your claim will not be sent to the disability agency.
In these cases, Social Security will usually adopt your initial disability determination, based on your current entitlement to disability benefits.
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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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