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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.

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.

Taking Social Security early may not be detrimental

For those in West Virginia or elsewhere in the nation born after 1960, the full retirement age is 67. This is the time at which they are eligible for their full Social Security benefit, and most would say that individuals should get as close as possible to 67 before taking their benefits. However, there may be a few good reasons why people would want to start taking benefits early.

The importance of help when asking for disability benefits

West Virginia residents who are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income may want help doing so. This is because roughly two-thirds of all initial applications are rejected. Assistance may come from an attorney or from a representative who is not an attorney. Either way, applicants will pay the same standard fee which is based on how much an individual receives in retroactive benefits.

Applying for social security disability insurance

Many residents in West Virginia are living with serious disabilities and illnesses that can make it difficult to work and earn a living. Many of these individuals may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSDI. Recipients receive cash payments that they can use for living expenses.

The disability onset date and why it's so important

When someone suffers a debilitating injury or has lived with a disability that prevents them from living their lives in the way they want, it is abundantly clear to those individuals when their issues "began." Proving that is irrelevant in this context: they know, on a deep and personal level, how their lives have been impacted as a result of an injury or disability.

Social Security disability evaluations

West Virginia residents who are living with serious illnesses and disabilities may wish to consider the possibility of applying for Social Security disability benefits. These benefits are intended for individuals who are disabled and, as a result of their disability, unable to work.

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