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Can you get both Social Security disability and retirement benefits?

Can you add Social Security disability benefits to your Social Security retirement benefits? What about if you are already disabled and are approaching retirement age. Will you still receive Social Security disability benefits? Unfortunately, the answer from Social Security is, no. Once you reach … Continue reading

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Can you keep the Social Security check for the month someone dies?

I was recently asked if you can keep (or do you have to return) a Social Security check for the month someone dies. Here is the answer straight from Social Security: If A Beneficiary Dies Let us know if a … Continue reading

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Social Security disability benefits in a half-way house

Even though you cannot receive Social Security benefits during incarceration, can you get disability if you are out of jail or prison and residing in a half-way house? Under the Social Security regulations, the answer is “no.” “I was transferred … Continue reading

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No increase in Social Security SSI disability benefits in 2011

Social Security announced today that there will be no increase in Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits for 2011. The Federal Benefit Rate (FBR) – the maximum monthly rate for SSI benefits – will stay at $674 for … Continue reading

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Starting Social Security disability benefits after incarceration

After you are released from jail or prison, will Social Security let you restart your benefits or will you have to start a new application? The answer depends on the kind of benefits you received (Social Security Disability Insurance – … Continue reading

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Are Social Security disability benefits forever?

Many people wonder what will happen after they are approved for Social Security disability benefits? Will my benefits be stopped? Will I continue to get Social Security disability benefits for the rest of my life? Except for closed period cases, … Continue reading

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How does borrowing money affect Social Security Supplemental Security Income SSI disability benefits

It can be very difficult to get by on the small amount of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays. Many individuals are forced to borrow money from friends or family just to make ends meet. But, how can this negatively affect … Continue reading

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How much can I earn and keep my SSI?

This is a particularly tough question. I previously wrote about how earning more than the Substantial Gainful Activity amount may cause your benefits to be stopped in Social Security Disability Insurance cases.  In SSI cases, I just learned that you can earn more than … Continue reading

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Can you garnish Social Security disability benefits for child support

A quickie article answering a common question: can you garnish Social Security disability benefits for child support? Title 2 Disability Insurance (aka SSDI or DIB) benefits can be garnished for child support. However, Title 16 Supplemental Security Income (aka SSI) benefits cannot … Continue reading

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The advantages of getting both Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI benefits

I recently wrote about receiving both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.  Let’s look at the advantages of being on both benefits programs.

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Can you get both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

I recently wrote about the difference between Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). But, can you get both: SSI and SSDI? Depending on your circumstances, yes. The maximum you can receive on SSI is based on the annual Federal … Continue reading

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What is the difference between Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

We previously discussed Social Security’s Disability Insurance Benefit (DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. The big difference between DIB and SSI is type of income which affects eligibility.  Under the “Disability Insurance” Program, Social Security considers whether you are working … Continue reading

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Do I qualify financially for Social Security SSI disability benefits?

In order to qualify for Social Security Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI), not only do you have to be disabled, you also have to qualify financially. To be eligible for SSI a person must have $2,000 or less in countable … Continue reading

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How far back does Social Security pay disability benefits?

If you are disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits? Back to when the disability began? It depends on whether you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or DIB), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Social Security Supplemental Security … Continue reading

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How much can I get in SSI benefits in 2009?

If you are on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or applying for SSI, you should know that Social Security’s SSI benefits have increased.  For 2008, the Federal Benefit Rate (the maximum you can receive in SSI) is $674 for individuals and … Continue reading

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