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Lack of funds could hinder SSA

The average wait time for an appeals hearing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is about 600 days, according to two United States senators. These long waits could have significant impacts on West Virginia residents. President Donald Trump has requested $12.5 billion be allocated to the Social Security Administration's administrative budget in the fiscal year 2018. However, a recent appropriations bill would reduce the agency's budget by $460 million.

Can I go back to work after I get SSDI?

Question: After many years of collecting Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, I feel like I could manage a part-time job. I think it would be good for me to get out and I would like to feel productive, but I am afraid if I get a job that the Social Security Administration will cancel my benefits and I can't afford that.

Redeterminations for Social Security benefits

Social Security recipients in West Virginia may periodically see their accounts undergo redetermination. This process involves a reassessment of income, assets and living arrangements to determine that individuals still qualify for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, and if the benefit amounts they are receiving are accurate. For SSI recipients who are married or are classified as a disabled child residing with parents, the earnings, living arrangements and possessions of spouses and parents are also reviewed.

Appealing an SSI denial

The Social Security Administration oversees the Supplemental Security Income program, which provides cash benefits to low-income individuals who are elderly or disabled. The SSA frequently makes decisions regarding who was entitled to receive benefits, the amount of those benefits and, in some cases, whether the people have been overpaid benefits that they now must repay. West Virginia residents who apply for or receive benefits may at times disagree with the SSA's decisions.

Social Security Disability eligibility

The Social Security system includes benefits for people unable to work due to disability. Many working-age people in West Virginia rely on these payments when injury or illness prevents them from earning a living. More than 10.5 million disabled workers nationwide or their families collect disability benefits. People who lose their ability to work must meet certain requirements to receive payments, and their status will change when they reach retirement age.

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