A common misconception about the Social Security Disability program, particularly benefits offered through SSDI program as opposed to SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, is that it is a "welfare" system for those who, on a flimsy excuse, choose not to continue working. Aside from the fact that most Florida residents who apply for disability benefits have medically documented conditions that are, to some extent, preventing them from working, the reality is that the SSDI program is available only to people who actually have some work history.
Contrary to some rumors, it is not true that undocumented immigrants can get Social Security disability benefits the same way that an American citizen who lives in Central Florida can. In fact, someone who is not in this country legally is not eligible for Social Security.
While this blog has frequently discussed the requirements that Floridians have to meet in order to show that they are legally disabled for the purpose of getting disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, oftentimes, disabled residents of Kissimmee or other parts of Central Florida also need to be mindful of their income and assets.
A previous post on this blog discussed how, although the situation is improving, there is still a great deal of inconsistency in how administrative law judges decide requests for review after a person gets denied Social Security disability benefits. Some of these judges tend to award benefits in almost every case, while others are much stingier when it comes to handing out benefits, granting them less than half the time.
Many Florida residents who count on disability benefits or who are applying for Social Security Disability may have heard about the news of a partial government shutdown with concern, even though as it stands, it appears the partial shutdown has passed.
While this blog has talked a lot about what residents of Central Florida can do to obtain disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, it also important for disabled Floridians who need disability to understand what could happen to their monthly payments once they obtain them.
This blog has discussed the many different types of illnesses and injuries that can afflict Kissimmee, Florida, adults and prevent them from being able to go to work.
As previous this blog have discussed, the Social Security Administration is currently facing an unprecedented backlog of cases where people in the Kissimmee, Florida, area and throughout the country who have been denied Social Security are awaiting a chance to have their cases reviewed by an administrative law judge. This wait can go on for months or even years, and many people wind up dying before they get Social Security Disability benefits.
We'll pick up where we left off previously with our discussion of the kinds of benefits and support available from the Social Security Administration for people who are blind. The information is intended to be general in nature only, and not specific legal advice for any individual situation.
Previously, in our discussion of the impending 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment to SSD benefits, we noted that blind individuals have some specific thresholds applicable to them. Let's take a deeper dive into the information provided by the SSA as to the kind of support that is available for blind or low-vision individuals who cannot work due to their disability.