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How the hiring freeze is impacting SSD benefits applications

Florida residents are well aware that changes must occur within the Social Security Administration in order to extend the longevity of the programs it offers for those suffering from disabilities. Whether an individual is living with a disability they were born with or one caused by an injury or illness, he or she will have to go through the application process to obtain Social Security disability. But as the number of people seeking these benefits continues to grow, the backlog and waiting period grows right along with it.

Florida senator supports proposal to modify SSD benefits programs

Many Florida residents are aware of the concerns surrounding Social Security benefits. In fact, most Americans have heard of various proposals and changes made to Social Security in order to maintain its viability for years to come. While there is no clear fix to keep these necessary programs running smoothly, there are some proposals being currently debated.

Don't navigate the Social Security process alone

For many citizens, the importance of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cannot be overstated. In distressing times and situations, these programs provide a vital safety net, allowing individuals facing extremely difficult circumstances to stay afloat. Applying for these programs can sometimes be a confusing process that involves many different elements, information and steps, so it's important to be aware of the necessities.

Changes will speed up determining disability for veterans

Anyone in Florida who has had experience with the Social Security disability system knows that the wait times can be a nightmare. At a time when a disabled individual is struggling to make ends meet, wait times of months or even a year or more can spell financial ruin. For years now, advocates have been voicing the need for a more efficient system that allows individuals to have their claims adjudicated more quickly, thereby leading to faster benefit recovery for those who qualify.

Social Security Administration changes rules for mental disorders

Florida residents who have filed Social Security disability claims know the process can be frustrating. Proving you meet SSA requirements is challenging enough, but the requirements themselves may change from time to time, affecting current beneficiaries and new claimants. Individuals with disabilities need to stay up to date on these changes, as they can have a drastic ability on their ability to obtain and continue receiving the much-needed compensation provided through this program.

Current discussion for SSA attempts to cut application backlog

Applicants for Social Security disability benefits in Florida who are rejected when the initial steps of determining disability are made by the Social Security Administration need to be aware of the appeals process. The SSA has certain procedures that it follows with the decisions it makes. However, the current backlog of claims that have yet to be decided upon is sparking a change in the way the SSA handles these cases.

Social Security disability program spared from big cuts

Floridians who were concerned about the budgetary issues surrounding the Social Security Administration and the disability program had their fears assuaged recently when President Obama signed a new bill into law. He suspended the debt limit and funded the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund. With these decisions, the potential cut of 20 percent in benefits near the conclusion of 2016 was averted.

Budget addresses Florida Social Security Disability concerns

For Florida residents who rely on receiving federal assistance for illnesses, injuries and conditions, the political climate and financial ramifications of budgetary issues was a constant cause for concern. The financial facts of Social Security Disability (SSD) and its solvency have been an ongoing point of debate for an extended period. The need for Congress to come up with a budget and try to address these financial realities left many wondering how they would be affected by the Social Security Administration and changes that might be afoot.

Social Security disability and the 2016 COLA

Many Florida residents rely on Social Security disability benefits. Benefits are provided to workers who are disabled, retirees, spouses, offspring and disabled veterans. For those who are receiving benefits, there is an expectation that there will be a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) on an annual basis. The economy and inflation determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) will have to pay more to recipients. In some years, there will be an increase, but in others, there will not. Those who are seeking benefits or are already receiving benefits need to be aware of these issues that are under current discussion.

Politicians offer plans to shore up Social Security disability

Many Floridians are suffering from illnesses, conditions or disabilities that make it difficult for them to function and work on a daily basis. People in this situation might need assistance to live. With that in mind, Social Security disability is necessary for them to survive. The various programs from the Social Security Administration are designed to help these people and their families. However, like any government program, it is necessary to have adequate funding to pay for it. Recent SSA news has placed the program's viability in question.