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SSDI Is Not a Welfare Program

While some in Tennessee believe that Social Security disability insurance is a type of welfare program, recipients must have contributed to the fund for years to qualify for benefits. SSDI is an earned benefit that is available to people who develop disabling conditions that are so severe that they are no longer able to work. […]

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How Work Credits Work in SSDI Claims

Tennesseans who are disabled and who want to apply for Social Security disability benefits must have earned a qualifying number of work credits and meet other work requirements to be eligible. The Social Security Administration requires workers aged 31 and older to earn a minimum of 20 work credits in the 10 years preceding their […]

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Understanding the Difference Between SSI, SSDI and Social Security

Many people in Tennessee are confused about the differences between the Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Income and Social Security retirement benefits programs. Each of these separate programs is designed to help different populations of people. While Social Security retirement benefits are available to people who have reached the retirement age and have built […]

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Social Security Disability After Divorce

When Tennesseeans divorce, their dissolutions may impact their ability to receive Social Security Disability benefits. People who are receiving SSDI benefits based on their own work records should continue to receive them regardless of their divorces. Children may receive dependent benefits in addition to their parents’ SSDI amounts. However, the parents may have their benefits […]

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SSDI Claims That Get Heard First

Under the Compassionate Allowances program, Tennesseans who have certain severe medical conditions that obviously meet the eligibility guidelines for Social Security disability insurance or supplemental security income may have their claims prioritized by the Social Security Administration. The Compassionate Allowances program is in place to assist the SSA with identifying people whose disabilities are severe […]