Changes in the Social Security LawsWritten by Lala Balattan
It is time we educate and update ourselves regarding essential issues of Social Security Administration. By having enough knowledge of SSA’s vital programs concerning Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Disability Insurance (DI), we would truly understand workings --- implementations, qualifications, claiming procedures, etc.
And since many policy changes have occurred with regards to mentioned programs, it is but necessary that we may be aware of such things. Like, what new laws are enacted which covers diability beneficiaries of DI program? Or if you have a relative which you think may qualify for SSI/DI, how qualified? Here, we present you with vital facts on SSI/DI programs’ legislative changes that have occurred for past, 20 years, between 1984 – 1999.
On various policy revisions over period of 1984 – 1999, these are mainly concerned on how to properly identify and analyze beneficiaries entitled for said programs.
The Social Security Disability Benefits Reform Act of 1984 revised mental impairment listings for disabled workers. It also required that a combined effect of all impairments be taken into consideration when determining eligibility for disability benefits. A “medical improvement standard” was also added for disability review process stating that an individual’s disability benefits may be terminated with basis of substantial evidence which shows that impairments have medically improved and person concerned can already handle salaried work.
Don’t be a SuckerWritten by Maricon Williams
Knowledge of law gives you edge to exercise and protect your rights and to restrict yourself from any act or omission prohibited by laws of land. Ignorance of law excuses no one. However, how will you know that you are already abused or defrauded if you do not know boundaries of your protection?
These days, most of claimants are unaware of what they should do to pursue a claim. They still entertain a lot of misconception at back of their minds. Winning a claim does not depend on age of claimant. It does not follow that social security claim where claimants are children are easily approved than those pursued by adults. It does not also mean that if you are not disabled you are not deserving of claim and it will likely be denied. It does not also follow that if a physician has given his statement in support to your case you can automatically earn merit to your claim.
In order to act accurately on matter, we should first free our minds from misconceptions because misconceptions make as an easy target of fraud and falsehood.
Frequently, social disability and SSI claimants are simply given wrong information. If your friend contacted Social Security before his application for a claim and then he was told he could not file a disability claim because he was working, then, your friend has been misinformed. Individuals are permitted to work provided that their monthly gross earnings are less than SGA or substantial gainful activity amount which is $830.00 per month.