October 19, 2021

Disabled And Senior Citizens Continue To Suffer During Minnesota Shut Down

The state of Minnesota has been going through some very difficult times since the start of the 2011 Fiscal year on July 1st. Many programs that provided aid to disabled and senior citizens have been completely cut off from government funding, leaving countless citizens empty handed and without any of the aid previously deemed necessary to living.

Currently, Democratic and Republican politicians have been having ongoing discussions and court hearings in an attempt to determine what services will begin working once again. Services that are provided by medicaid have been deemed necessary to life by a judge and are still accepted in Minnesota’s health department, but many other services that did not service medicaid customers have been entirely shut down with no notice of expected return.

The toll-free hotlines that previously serviced the disabled, elderly, blind, and otherwise handicapped members of society no longer have the funding to keep employees working, and recorded messages are played for anyone who attempts to speak with a representative about their situation. While police, fire, and hunting regulation officers will continue to perform their active duties, services that provide care to elderly in their homes will no longer be available until further notice.

Among a few of the important programs that will no longer be available for the extent of the shutdown will include services that provide help to senior and disabled citizens with finding housing, tax courts, social security child care subsidies, holds on social security checks, and a number of other services and programs. Governor Mark Dayton has been steadily working the state’s officials and representatives in both political parties to reach a plan that will return necessary funding to the health department, the education department, and a number of other funds that have been entirely cut off for over two weeks.

Many of the departments that accept new applicants to receive senior or disabled aid will not be accepting new registrants as long as the budget cuts remain, and making changes to your existing case with the SSA or any other government office in Minnesota is nearly impossible. A new proposal issued by Governor Mark Dayton plans to return the cities of Minnesota to their normal funding levels through “tobacco bonds” and other bonding bills within the next year.

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Social Security Disability Stops Because of Death Mistakes

The “Death Master File” document of the Social Security department has been receiving a lot of flack recently as an 87 year old Washington native, Joyce Simpson, had her social security number and account closed after wrongfully being reported dead. The woman claimed that she was “scared to death” when she realized that she had stopped receiving all of her Social Security and pension checks outright, and was completely appalled after realizing that she had been declared dead in 1997.

The same list in question is regularly used by Medicare and Social Security to verify deserved benefits, and is also referred to when determining the eligibility of a bank loan or any line of credit, so it’s no wonder quite a few heads have been turned at the statement given by Social Security spokesman Mark Hinkle, admitting that one in every 200 entries into their death master files are false due to “inadvertent keying errors.”

Joyce Simpson claims that the error did not take place through an unknown computing office at some distant location, but rather at her local bank branch. Simpson’s husband had just passed away, and she was visiting the bank to have his name removed from her accounts. Instead, the employee removed Joyce Simpson from the account, eventually landing her name in the Death Master File list a few years later.

Joyce Simpson claims that fixing this calamity has been an ongoing struggle that has lasted a number of years, and she’s certainly not alone. A reported 32,000 wrongfully added names were removed from the death list after similar cases brought light to this travesty of a mix-up.

Some of the troubles that victims of similar mistakes had to face were the cancellation of pensions, home mortgage issues, applying for student and credit loans, trouble finding employment, and plenty of other small or large problems that took years to fix.

“We make it clear that our death records are not perfect and may be incomplete or, rarely, include information about individuals who are alive” is the defense that Social Security spokesman gave in a conference, but quite a few citizens are still having trouble coping with the fact that they were pronounced dead wrongfully.

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How to Get Social Security Disability

There are many ways to be disabled and unable to earn an income, short- or long-term. Social Security Disability is just one option available to help ensure you have a financial cushion when you are unable to work yourself. But it is not intended to serve as a primary source of income if you become disabled.

First, it’s up to the federal government to decide if you meet the definition of “disabled” and the application review process can take months to complete.

Many people have disability benefits through their employer’s insurance program as well as Worker’s Compensation benefits, and eligibility requirements for both can differ. If you’re disabled, how do you qualify to receive Social Security Disability, as well?

Qualifications for Social Security Disability

To earn disability income through the Social Security Disability program you are required to provide detailed information on your physical and mental capacities as they relate to your job and the ability to perform it, as well as submit to a comprehensive evaluation of your eligibility to receive disability income. You must have or be able to provide:

  • History of employment that entitles you to collect Social Security benefits
  • Disability that keeps you from your job for a year or more
  • Disability with sufficient severity or debilitation
  • Under $1,000 a month income
  • Clear evidence that your disability and/or medical condition significantly impacted your work, duties, and on-the-job responsibilities—physical, mental, cognitive, etc.
  • Age and education information. What if you had additional training and could perform another job closely related to the one you had? Your ability to be prepared to perform another job adequately, depends on your age, says the government. Age becomes a useful metric for narrowing down your eligibility for disability: Under 50 and you adjust more swiftly; but past your early 50s and your ability to adapt to new jobs and situations diminishes, which means you may or may not qualify.

The government determines your eligibility for Social Security Disability using the following tools:

  • A list of disabilities and conditions that pre-qualify you. Serious medical conditions that will likely lead to death and severe impairment are included.
  • A series of questions that can help them determine if you qualify based on many of the requirements listed above.
  • Rigorous application process that distills your actual abilities, which can help determine if you are prepared to perform a job at all.

Case Reviews

If you are eligible to receive Social Security Disability, the government will review your continued eligibility anywhere from every six months to three years depending on your initial assessment and expectations that your disability has the potential to improve, remain unchanged, or get worse.

Remember to supply only the most accurate information. To offer incorrect or misleading information for purposes of defrauding the federal government is a serious offense.

For detailed information on Social Security Disability and how to apply, visit the Social Security Administration website (http://www.ssa.gov/pgm/disability.htm ).

Social Security Disability List Of Impairments

The Social Security Disability List of Impairments is intended to discuss in detail the conditions under which Social Security Disability will be paid and the percentage of full disability that is determined. The list of includes both general categories and specific details. By referring to the list you may get an idea of whether or not the condition is covered, but even if it is not, you may not necessarily be denied benefits under the Social Security Act.

Social Security Disability List Of Impairments

The first question is whether or not the applicant is working. If the person is unable to work, the next question is whether income and resource guidelines are met. The level of impairment is the next assessment. The specific impairment then is matched or compared with the list of medical conditions. These might be mental issues or physical issues. A determination will be made regarding whether you can perform jobs that you have done in the past. If not, the assessment will look at whether there are other types of work that you can do.

The general categories of the impairments cover both physical and mental issues. You can even be approved if you have a combination of conditions that individually would not qualify to receive benefits, but the combined effect makes qualification possible. It’s important to remember that each application is viewed individually in the light of the provided documentation and medical records.

The process of determining eligibility is not difficult, in one aspect, but the problem is that most applicants are denied benefits on the first try. In fact, most applicants expect that the request will proceed to the next step which is the appeal. There are additional levels of appeal that can be followed.

Disability findings affect every part of the body and every major physical system. The findings can also be mental impairment. A third possibility is damage to multiple systems. Finally, you can receive benefits for illnesses. In some instances, injuries to the various cause the disability. In adults, the effects of disease will sometimes cause the inability to perform gainful employment.

The categories in the list are as follows: Musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, genitourinary, hematology, skin, endocrine, special senses and speech, neurological, mental, malignant diseases, and immune system issues. Finally, there are multiple system impairments.

In each of these instances, you should consult with medical personnel to discuss whether the medical findings are consistent with disability claims. Not only the expected duration of the condition causing the impairment, but the level must be discussed. Every shred of information about the condition is important in getting benefits granted. The other professional that you should involve in your application is an attorney who is an authority on this type of legal matter.

You can check the Social Security Disability List of impairments to see if you might fit in one of the categories, but ultimately the decision will be made by the administrators of the Social Security disability system. More than likely the appeal process will result in the ultimate decision in favor of benefits awarded to you.

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How To File Social Security Disability Claims

Social Security Disability claims are intended to provide income and support for individuals who are no longer able to be gainfully employed. The claimant will have injuries, illnesses or mental issues that make it impossible to continue in the type of employment that has been done previously. Further, the claimant will be unable to perform other types of work that might allow for financial support. The condition is expected to last at least two years.

Social Security Disability Claims

The monies for Social Security Disability benefits come from the Social Security funds that are withheld from employee pay checks and matched by a payroll tax on the employer. The payments are determined according to a formula. And are adjusted when appropriate annually when the cost of living increases support it.

The process of making a claim legally can be done by any individual on their own behalf. However, statistically success in being granted benefits is more likely to occur if the claimant is represented by a qualified expert in the field. There are legal firms that are able to help with the preparation and documentation of the claims so that the decision in favor of the claimant is positive. The claimant might be referred to a second medical professional to get additional support for the level of disability.

The initial step of applying for disability is relatively simple. The claim is presented at the local Social Security office where a disability examiner sends for the medical records and performs the initial review. An interview is required, but it can be handled over the phone if need be. Most people are encouraged by this part of the process, thinking that the rumors about waiting times are overstated.

That being said, the process of getting the claim approved has been made so difficult and complex that the majority of people simply give up after one or two or even more attempts. These are people that have legitimate disabilities. The waiting period is so long that there may be no way to survive financially during the time spent awaiting the decision. Statistics show that almost two-thirds of claimants are denied on the first claim.

Claimants may spend two or three years awaiting a decision, particularly if there is an appeal in the works. Waiting times are usually three or four months at a minimum for each stage of the process. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done to speed up the process. Even though having representation improves the likelihood of getting the claim approved, it may not happen much faster. You might be able to cut back one appeal, but it is not guaranteed.

The original application is handed to the local office of the Social Security Administration. Appeals proceed upward through various levels, including judicial reviews. Although it is not recommended. Some claimants don’t appeal, they simply file a different claim.

Social Security Disability claims are continuing to increase. This may be due in part to the difficulty in finding jobs for those who are disabled. When healthy and young people are being laid off, it is difficult to justify hiring someone who is able to perform at a limited level. Because more people are making claims for benefits, disability examiners are falling even further behind.

For more information, visit http://www.ssa.gov/pgm/disability.htm

How To Apply For Social Security Disability

Should you become unable to work to due to an injury or illness, you may be eligible to collect Social Security disability benefits. In order to do so, you must meet certain criteria and be approved through the Federal Government’s application process.

Do you qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

According to the Federal Government, in order to meet Social Security disability requirements, one must:

  • Be unable to perform the work that they did prior to their medical disability;
  • Be unable to adapt to other working conditions due to their medical disability; and
  • Have suffered from their medical disability at least one year or have a medical condition(s) that will result in death.

If you are unsure about whether or not you qualify to receive benefits, you may wish to access BEST, the Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool. This service, offered by the Social Security Administration, will help you better determine if you are entitled to receive Social Security benefits.  Please visit BEST at: http://www.benefits.gov/ssa/

How do you begin the Social Security disability benefits application process?

Once you have established that you do qualify for Social Security disability benefits, it is best to begin the application process as soon as possible as the process to file a single claim can take several months. Additionally, should your initial claim not be approved, you may choose to enter into the appeals process.

There are two options when applying for Social Security benefits. The first is to apply online and the second is to apply in person at your local Social Security office. While you may prefer to apply in person, we recommend applying online for the following reasons:

  • There is no need to wait for an appointment;
  • You can submit your application from the comfort of your own home; and
  • You will save time and money by avoiding trips to the Social Security office.

This online option is available to you if:

  • You are 18 or older;
  • You have worked and paid Social Security taxes long enough to qualify*;
  • You have met the above criteria for being a disabled persons; and
  • You are a resident of the United States or one of its territories/commonwealths.

* If you are a younger worker applying for Social Security disability benefits, you may be unsure if you have worked and paid Social Security taxes long enough to qualify. For more information on how younger workers may qualify with fewer credits, click here:


How do you apply online for Social Security disability benefits?

The online application process is broken down into four main steps:

Step 1. Review the Adult Disability Checklist. This will explain to you in detail what you will need before starting the online process. The checklist can be found at: http://www.ssa.gov/hlp/radr/10/ovw001-checklist.htm

Step 2. Fill out the online Disability Benefit Application. This provides information regarding your eligibility for benefits. This form is located at: https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/iClaim/dib

Step 3. Fill out the online Adult Disability Report. This will provide the Social Security Administration with your medical and work history. This form is located at: https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/radr/radr-fe

Step 4. Fill out, sign and mail or take the Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration to your local Social Security office. This document may be found at: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ssa-827.pdf

To search online for an office near you, please visit: https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp

How do you apply for Social Security disability benefits in person?

If you do not wish to apply online, you can make an appointment to apply in person at your local Social Security office. The following toll-free number is accessible from 7a.m. to 7p.m., Monday through Friday and will assist you in making an appointment: 1-800-772-1213

Should you be deaf or hard of hearing, you can schedule an appointment by calling TTY 1-800-325-0778; or by visiting your local Social Security office.

To search online for an office near you, please visit: https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp

How can you appeal a claim that was denied?

It is often the case that your initial claim for Social Security disability benefits will be rejected. Despite this initial rejection, you do have the option to appeal the decision. If your application has been denied, you will find directions on how to file an Internet Appeal at the following location: https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/iAppeals/ap001.jsp

If you applied for Social Security disability benefits in person or do not wish to file an appeal online, visit https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/iAppeals/msg046.jsp for information and instructions.

Questions about getting Social Security disability benefits?

Should you have questions regarding the application or appeals process, you may call 1-800-772-1213 toll-free. Should you be deaf or hard of hearing, you may call TTY 1-800-325-0778. These lines are available from 7a.m. to 7p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/

How To Get Social Security Disability

Social security disability benefits are a lifeline to those of us that cannot work due to a physical impairment. Understanding how to apply and be given these benefits is essential as the task can often be a long and complicated procedure. There is a strict and detailed process that needs to be followed to ensure you get the maximum dues. By taking a moment to explore the following advice and tips you should be able to reduce the time and effort involved considerably.

At the outset you will need to take part in an interview given by the administration office in your town or district. You will be required to take with you the correct SSA form which would be examined by the official who takes on your claim. Also have at hand your personal details such as your place and date of birth, current residential address, social security number, and banking information.

It would also be necessary to provide the officer with documents that indicate your earnings in the last twelve months as well as the name and address of your previous employer. If you have done active military service in your life the details should also be provided along with an up to date social security statement.

Sometimes it feels like you need to give information on every aspect of your life before you can successfully start to receive your disability payments. Alongside the above discussed documents you will also have to give details of your martial status that would include your spouses full name, date of birth, any children or dependants, and social security number.

It is also important to have on hand a copy of your medical records as well as details of your illness, exact disability, and whether or not the condition was caused by your past employment. If you are undertaking legal proceedings in the case of a workplace related injury, this information should also be made clear to the official assessing your eligibility.

You should note that to be successful in claiming disability benefits the condition that prohibits you from working must be expected to last for at least another twelve months. If the injury or sickness is only temporary you will not be successful.

To achieve a positive outcome it is essential that you keep all your records up to date and do not miss any important appointments with the social security office. It is better to have too many documents than not have the correct number. Before applying for any government benefits contact your current and past doctors and request any information that would help you bring about the outcome you desire. This can include laboratory reports, prescriptions, and the dates at which you have attended clinics or hospitals.

If you want to reduce the effort involved there is always the option of contacting the citizen’s advice bureau or hiring a social security disability attorney. By speaking to the experts you will increase the chances of having a positive outcome in the shortest amount of time.

For more information, visit http://www.ssa.gov/disability/