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Congress Seeks to Waive Five-Month Waiting Period for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in Obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance

Congress is currently working on a bill that would allow people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) more quickly. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and U.S. Congressmen Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Peter King of New York introduced the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act, which would waive the five-month waiting period for those with ALS and allow them to immediately receive SSDI benefits. Under current law, [...]

What is Social Security Disability Insurance?

Workers who have a significant illness that is diagnosed to last at least a year, or result in death, may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). As a result of the illness, the worker must be in a condition where working is too difficult based on the individual’s education, age, and past employment experience. An individual must have worked and contributed to the Social Security system for a long enough period of time, [...]

Demographics Affect the U.S. Social Security Disability Program

Recently, The Urban Institute released a report which details demographic data of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Factors such as geographical location, annual household income, and gender of recipients can all affect the program now and in the future. For those eligible for SSDI, the average monthly benefit in 2013 was $1,146.  There is a disparity between the average monthly payments for men and for women.  Generally, men receive about $1,271, and women an average [...]

Beneficiaries of the U.S. Social Security Disability Program

Recently, The Urban Institute released a report, which details demographic data of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. The report details the rapid growth of the program over the past 40 years, as well as how recessions have impacted the program. According to the report, the number of participants in the program has steadily grown, reaching nearly 9 million disabled workers in 2013, up from only 1.5 million workers in 1970. With this significant increase, along with its [...]

Announcement: Alegria & Barovick LLP is Multilingual!

Alegria & Barovick LLP is excited to announce that we are now able to make speakers of Creole and Spanish feel right at home from the moment they call us, as we have hired legal assistants who are fluent in both languages. Our clients can be confident that: (a) they will have all the details of their claims understood immediately, and (b) our assistants can explain how the Social Security/Disability process works in their own [...]

Non-Cash Assets Can Sink Your SSI Claim

The Social Security Administration has two different programs that are designed to be safety nets for people who are too sick or injured to work. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): SSDI is only available to people who have a sufficient work history. Generally you need to work at least five out of the last 10 years and pay Social Security, disability insurance and taxes – and that applies to people who are over 31. The [...]

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