The "Blue Book" explains in great detail the medical conditions and criteria that the SSA uses to help determine if a person is eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
It's important to remember that while all Substantial Gainful Activity is work, not all work is considered Substantial Gainful Activity, and it takes more than just money into account. We explain it all in detail here.
As part of the five-step disability determination process, the Social Security Administration must determine whether you can perform your past work, or adjust to different work in the national economy, given your physical and/or mental conditions.
Step four of Social Security Administrations’s process for determining disability requires that the claimant prove that they cannot perform their “past relevant work,” and there are some important factors to understand about how the SSA makes this determination.
The heart of the matter is whether or not the applicant can "sustain" their work. In this article, we break down what that means, and provide three examples of common impairments.
The third step in the SSA's five-step evaluation process asks whether your condition(s) meet or equal a “Listing Impairment.”
Fibromyalgia can be a highly painful and debilitating chronic illness that prevents sufferers from working. Whether you have the ability to work in a limited capacity or you are unable to work at all, disability benefits can help with the cost of care and living expenses as a way to eliminate at least a few burdens in your life during a difficult situation. Keep reading for tips on applying for disability benefits with fibromyalgia. Signs [...]
While the right doctor’s letter and forms are a necessary part of the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits process, doctors are not obligated to complete your request or even write a favorable letter on your behalf. Here’s five steps you can take to help ensure the doctor is on your side and supports your efforts in getting approved for Social Security Disability Benefits. Improving your quality of life and ease of financial burdens. 1. Be [...]
In recent years, telehealth has been more widely accepted by younger and more tech-savvy individuals. Now, however, both the government and “regular people” are starting to embrace this progressive method of accessing modern medicine more and more. These days, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, telehealth is becoming widely available across the US from both doctors and insurance providers. This is great news for individuals who struggle to attend in-person doctor’s appointments, those [...]
Finding the right doctor for your disability application does not have to be overly complicated but it can be a bit time consuming. The good news is the Social Security Administration does not require any one particular doctor to complete the proper documentation. However, all doctors have the right to refuse to assist with the application process. In order to make the process of finding the right doctor for you, we offer some tips and [...]
When a person has physical or mental health impairments, life can be even more challenging and money can be even tighter. Fortunately, a number of options exist to help people get to the doctor even when they think they may not be able to afford to do so. The good news is that some options are free and a few are offered with a significant discount. Free Clinics Free clinics are available without charges or [...]
Home aid can be a lifesaver for individuals with physical and mental health limitations. However, this type of additional medical assistance can be expensive and exceed the budget of most individuals on disability benefits. The good news is that you could qualify for home aid if you meet certain requirements. Types of Home Aid Home health care is exploding in popularity, availability and affordability, especially these days during the pandemic. In-home care has a variety [...]
As part of any SSI or SSDI application process, it will almost certainly be necessary to include a letter or forms completed by your doctor. This shouldn’t be just any letter. To be most helpful, each letter must meet specific requirements. In order to make the process a bit easier for you, we offer some tips and guidance here. Start with the Right Doctor It is important to understand that some doctors do not feel [...]
This is part 4 of a 4-part series examining how disabilities impact Americans, and how they may be able to get help.