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The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
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Who is eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI Disability in Texas?

Regarding the issue of who is eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI disability, there are two ways to approach the issue. And by that, I mean the medical requirements to become eligible for disability and the non-medical requirements to become eligible for disability.

For SSD (Social Security Disability benefits), the non-medical aspect of eligibility revolves around SGA. What is SGA? SGA is substantial gainful activity. It is defined as the amount a person may earn each month while still remaining eligible to either apply for disability benefits, or continue receiving benefits if you have already been approved. For more information on this topic, please visit this page: SGA, substantial gainful activity.

For SSI (supplemental security income), the non-medical aspect of eligibility involves SGA as well. However, it also involves resources. For the purposes of the social security administration, "resources" means the same thing as assets. To be eligible to apply for SSI or receive SSI benefits, a person cannot have more than two thousand dollars in countable assets. This would include money in a savings account, cash value in a life insurance policy, excess vehicles (cars other than the one you use for primary transportation), and excess real property (any real property other than the home you live in).

The non-medical aspects of a disability case are handled by the social security office in Texas where you initially file for disability. When it comes to the medical aspects of a disability case, however, this part of the process is handled by two different types of decision-makers.

At the disability application and request for reconsideration (this is the first appeal) levels, the individual who determines whether or not a person is eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI is a disability examiner. This individual will gather a claimant's medical records, read and review them, and, then, in consultation with medical and mental experts assigned to his or her unit, will render a determination that is either an approval or denial.

At the disability hearing level, the individual who determines whether or not a person is eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI is a disability judge. He performs a similar function to a disability examiner, but, unlike a disability examiner, will actually meet the applicant and his attorney. He will typically question the claimant regarding his or her medical history and work history to determine if the claimant has the ability to return to their past work, or the ability to perform some other type of work.

To be eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI in Texas, a person must satisfy the definition of disability that is used by the social security administration. And this means that their medical evidence must prove that:

1. They have a condition, physical or mental, that is severe.

2. Their condition must limit their ability to work.

3. Their condition must prevent them from either being able to work at all, or, if they can work, it must limit them to the extent that they cannot earn the SGA amount for that given year.

4. Their disability must already have lasted for one full year, or it must be projected that their disability will eventually last at least one full year.

A person who satisfies these conditions will be eligible to receive Social Security Disability or SSI disability benefits. Of course, this definition makes it plain that a claimant must be able to present satisfactory medical record documentation, preferably including detailed statements from one or more treating physicians who can cite the claimant's functional limitations and inability to sustain employment.

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These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits
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What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability?
How does back pay for Social Security Disability work?
Social Security Disability And SSI Qualifications
Permanent Disability Qualifications for SSD and SSI
Status of your Social Security Disability or SSI case
Disability lawyer representation, finding lawyers
What is qualifying for disability based on?
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Qualifications for Disability Benefits
How long does it take to get disability after applying?
Disability application, how to file in Texas
Texas disability requirements
Eligibility and qualifying for disability in Texas
What are the qualifications for disability in Texas?
Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in Texas?
Getting a Texas disability lawyer, attorney, or advocate

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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