Part II: Overview of Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits

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When Social Security Disability Sends You To A Doctor, What Kind Is It?
The kind of doctor that Social Security Disability might send you to depends upon your disabling condition or conditions.

Social Security Disability and Medication
You do not have to have been prescribed medication in order to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) or SSI benefits.

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
Social Security Disability is a disability insurance program based upon an insured status earned through an person's work activity.SSI or Supplemental Security Income disability, on the other hand, is a disability program intended to help individuals who are not insured for Social Security Disability.

Can you apply for disability if you have a mental condition?
Social Security does not differentiate between physical and mental conditions.

Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
When cases do not fit into one of these scenarios, disability decisions are usually rendered in 90-120 days.

What are the earnings limits for those on disability benefits?
Applicants can apply for and receive benefits provided their earnings fall below allowable limits.

What will trigger a review of a Social Security Disability claim?
The two most common triggers of a review of an individual's Social Security Disability claim or Supplemental Security Income claim (SSI claim) are A) work activity and B) medical review diary dates.

Can You Lose Your Social Security Disability Benefits When Your Case Is Reviewed?
If an individual is not working, or is working at a level that is not SGA, they will not lose their disability benefits at a continuing disability review as long as their medical records do not indicate that their condition has medically improved.

What Are the Social Security Disability Requirements For Personal Assets?
That there is no need for an individual to be worried about filing for Social Security Disability if they have assets, because there are no resource limits for the Social Security Disability program. SSI, on the other hand, has an asset limit of $2000.

Will my children get benefits if I get approved for disability?
If you are approved for Social Security Disability there is a possibility that your children or spouse may be eligible for monthly benefits as well.

What If I Do Not Have Enough Work Credits For Social Security Disability Benefits?
To be insured for SSD requires that an individual have earned work credits or quarters of coverage for twenty quarters of the last forty possible quarters.

What Is The Social Security Disability Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire?
One method of getting a clearer picture of an individual's condition and how it prevents them from working is to have information about an individual's ability to perform routine daily activities.

What is the Social Security Disability List of Impairments?
The Social Security Disability list of impairments is an organized collection of medical impairments for which the social security administration has provided specific approval criteria.

Are There Social Security Disability, SSI Requirements For How Disabled You Have to Be?
The Social Security definition of disability defines a disabling condition as any medically determinable mental or physical impairment that has...

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.