Thursday, January 24, 2008

Understanding Social Security Disability

Here's a link to an article on that is titled "Understanding Social Security's disability program" and which explains a bit about how the social security disability and SSI programs work.

Like most articles appearing in newspapers and their online adjuncts (I don't know if this site is related to a paper), this article is fairly general. However, it actually does a better job than most articles by pointing out the following:

1. The medical disability approval criteria for social security disability and SSI disability is the same.

2. SSI is based on need, whereas social security disability is based on insured status.

3. The time needed to reach a decision on a disability claim varies and is greatly dependent on how long it takes to get the medical records in place.

4. Social security disability and SSI do not utilize concepts such as temporary disability or partial disability.

Understanding how social security disability works

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