Five Conditions Recently Added to the Compassionate Allowance Program
Tennesseans who have certain types of severe health conditions may receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability claims through the compassionate allowances program, and the SSA recently added five conditions to the list. The compassionate allowances program was created in 2008 to provide faster disability claims processing for people with certain diseases, and the […]
What the Social Security Administration Fairness Act Could Mean to You
The Social Security Administration Fairness Act, a bill that was proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders in June 2018, would make the SSDI application process easier for people who have disabilities by ending the five-month wait period, getting rid of the waiting period for Medicare eligibility, and reducing the backlog of cases. The bill would increase […]
Denied SSDI Benefits? Here’s How to Win Your Appeal
While most initial applications for SSDI in Tennessee are denied, it is possible for applicants to win on appeal by preparing well for their hearings. Making certain to see their doctors regularly, submitting new medical evidence to the Social Security Administration, dressing appropriately at the hearing, bringing witnesses, and preparing for questions can help improve […]
SSDI Claim Determination Changes
Tennesseans who are applying for Social Security disability benefits might face additional hurdles because of a recent executive order and some regulatory changes by the Social Security Administration regarding how claims will be handled. The changes involve altering the process by which administrative law judges are chosen and how claims representatives are handled. In the […]
What Is Functional Equivalence in SSI Cases?
A child’s disability will be considered to be functionally equivalent to the disability listings if he or she either has an extreme limitation or a minimum of two severe limitations in two out of six different areas. Tennessee parents whose children are disabled may be able to receive SSI benefits even if their children’s disabilities […]
Obtaining SSD Benefits on Behalf of the Deceased
When an applicant for Social Security disability benefits dies while an application is pending, certain family members may be able to pursue the claim to recover the benefits to which their loved one would have been entitled if he or she had not passed away. In some cases, family members may be able to apply […]
Understanding Survivors Benefits from Your Spouse
After people in Tennessee passed away, their surviving spouses, children, dependent grandchildren, and dependent parents might be able to recover survivors benefits from the Social Security Administration based on their loved ones’ earnings record. The agency determines which survivors are eligible and figures out how much they can receive based on their ages, their dependence […]
Does My Child’s Eating Disorder Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Children and teenagers in Tennessee who suffer from severe eating disorders like anorexia nervosa or bulimia may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to help to pay for their treatment if they qualify. The child’s eating disorder must meet the Social Security Administration’s impairment criteria and household income guidelines must be met. Treating […]
Top Reasons People Get SSDI
Tennesseans may be eligible for SSDI benefits if they have any of a number of different common disabling conditions and meet the other eligibility requirements, but some disabilities are more common than others. Not everyone who has one of these conditions will qualify for SSDI benefits. Common Disabilities That Lead to SSDI Approvals If people […]
How Much Would You Make on SSDI?
There are several factors that affect the amount that people might expect to receive when they are approved for SSDI benefits. The monthly benefit is calculated using a complex formula that takes into account a number of different factors, including the age, earnings and work history of the applicants. Some people may receive as much […]