New VA and Social Security Partnership Promises Faster Disability Decisions for Vets
Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a new system that electronically links VA facilities with all Social Security disability case processing sites. What this will mean for disabled veterans is that SSA is now able to receive their medical records electronically and, according to an SSA press release, “veterans will receive faster
Applying for Disability
What is disability as defined by Social Security? According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), “the definition of disability under Social Security is different than other programs. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability.” “Disability” under Social Security is based on your inability to
Unable to Work Due to Your Disability? 6 Things You Can Do
When your health impairments are interfering with your ability to work, it is difficult to understand what options are available. Many wonder whether they can financially survive without working—how is it possible to afford a mortgage and household expenses without a pay check. How will you continue to go to the doctor without your health
What Happens After My Initial Application For Benefits Is Filed?
While Social Security is a federal program, at the initial and reconsideration levels, disability cases are generally decided by the states. Once you file your application, the local Social Security office handling your claim will send your case to Springfield (or appropriate state capital), where it will be assigned to an adjudicator. Oftentimes, it can