Overview of Disability

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How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

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Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

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How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

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Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

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Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

If I get disbility, can I get help with electric or utility bills?

I've come across this question before. "If I get approved for social security disability, can I get help with my electricity bill or utility bills.".

Answer: the social security administration does not provide assistance for heating, cooling, or, in general, electricity bills.

However, there is a federal program that is available to provide this type of assistance for utilities. The program is called LIHEAP (usually pronounced "lee-hap"). I was familiar with the LIHEAP program back when I was a food stamp caseworker (this was before I became a medicaid caseworker and before I became a social security disability claims examiner).

And at the time, I generally thought of the LIHEAP program in terms of heating assistance. However, there is something called the LIHEAP summer energy assistance program and this program provides assistance to households that include senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.

If you receive social security disability benefits or have a pending case, you may be eligible for summer assistance under this program.

To find out more, it might be useful to contact a local department of social services and possibly speak with an adult services social worker.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Appealing a Denial with a Hearing Before an ALJ (Administrative Law Judge)
How to File for SSI
How long does it take to get a disability approval letter?
How do you Apply for SSI?
Applying for disability, medical conditions
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
What Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability?
Disability requirements and how to file in Florida
What to do if you get a letter about your disability claim or appeal?
When does a disability attorney get paid and receive a fee?
What gets asked at the the disability Interview?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives