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Social Security For Dummies

Author : Jonathan Peterson
ISBN : 9781119375777
Genre : Business & Economics
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Get the benefits you’ve earned Social Security For Dummies is the one guide you need to navigate the often-complex world of Social Security retirement benefits. This updated edition offers clear guidance on when to claim benefits, how much you can expect to receive, where to find Social Security calculators, and so much more. Since its inception in the 1930s, workers across the United States have set aside a portion of their wages to fund the Social Security Administration. For many, Social Security forms the foundation for their retirement funds. Social Security For Dummies provides you with all the information you need to take charge of your retirement, maximize your financial well-being, and successfully navigate the U.S. Social Security Administration. You’ll get up-to-date information to: Make your way around the Social Security website Know your Social Security options—including retirement, survivor, spousal, and disability benefits Find resources when you’re stumped Get answers to common questions Retirement is meant to be enjoyed, and Social Security For Dummies makes it easier.

Nolo S Guide To Social Security Disability

Author : David Morton
ISBN : 9781413322231
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 90. 43 MB
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A complete guide to Social Security disability benefits—everything you need to know, from qualifying and applying for your benefits to appealing the denial of a claim. Written by a former Social Security Administrative & doctor, this book provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at how, the SSA decides who is disabled and deserves benefits.

Cardiovascular Disability

Author : Committee on Social Security Cardiovascular Disability Criteria
ISBN : 9780309156981
Genre : Medical
File Size : 76. 81 MB
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The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a screening tool called the Listing of Impairments to identify claimants who are so severely impaired that they cannot work at all and thus immediately qualify for benefits. In this report, the IOM makes several recommendations for improving SSA's capacity to determine disability benefits more quickly and efficiently using the Listings.

Hearing Loss

Author : Committee on Disability Determination for Individuals with Hearing Impairments
ISBN : 9780309092968
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 28. 67 MB
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Millions of Americans experience some degree of hearing loss. The Social Security Administration (SSA) operates programs that provide cash disability benefits to people with permanent impairments like hearing loss, if they can show that their impairments meet stringent SSA criteria and their earnings are below an SSA threshold. The National Research Council convened an expert committee at the request of the SSA to study the issues related to disability determination for people with hearing loss. This volume is the product of that study. Hearing Loss: Determining Eligibility for Social Security Benefits reviews current knowledge about hearing loss and its measurement and treatment, and provides an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the current processes and criteria. It recommends changes to strengthen the disability determination process and ensure its reliability and fairness. The book addresses criteria for selection of pure tone and speech tests, guidelines for test administration, testing of hearing in noise, special issues related to testing children, and the difficulty of predicting work capacity from clinical hearing test results. It should be useful to audiologists, otolaryngologists, disability advocates, and others who are concerned with people who have hearing loss.

Get What S Yours

Author : Laurence J. Kotlikoff
ISBN : 9781476772295
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 31. 15 MB
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Helps those nearing retirement make the best decisions about their Social Security benefits by detailing techniques and options like “file and suspend” and “start stop start” to maximize their benefit income for a variety of different life situations.

Mental Retardation

Author : Committee on Disability Determination for Mental Retardation
ISBN : 9780309083232
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 64. 17 MB
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Current estimates suggest that between one and three percent of people living in the United States will receive a diagnosis of mental retardation. Mental retardation, a condition characterized by deficits in intellectual capabilities and adaptive behavior, can be particularly hard to diagnose in the mild range of the disability. The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) provides income support and medical benefits to individuals with cognitive limitations who experience significant problems in their ability to perform work and may therefore be in need of governmental support. Addressing the concern that SSA's current procedures are consistent with current scientific and professional practices, this book evaluates the process used by SSA to determine eligibility for these benefits. It examines the adequacy of the SSA definition of mental retardation and its current procedures for assessing intellectual capabilities, discusses adaptive behavior and its assessment, advises on ways to combine intellectual and adaptive assessment to provide a complete profile of an individual's capabilities, and clarifies ways to differentiate mental retardation from other conditions.

Win Your Benefits

Author : Angela Allen
ISBN : 146111389X
Genre : Self-Help
File Size : 54. 1 MB
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New for 2015! WIN YOUR BENEFITS 2.0 is packed with TONS of helpful Social Security and SSI information!Forms, deadlines, appeals for the elderly disabled adults, the elderly as well as disabled children. Plus NEW sections feature creative claiming strategies for retirement benefits, how to solve Medicare Extra Help issues, how to represent someone before Social Security with a claim, appeal or other case matter AND info about the new "ABLE" Act of 2014!This book is levels the playing field and puts knowledge in your hands. "Win Your Benefits 2.0: How to Win and Hang ON To Your Social Security and SSI!" gives you an edge!Get the help you need to prepare for your interview - file your own appeals (for overpayments, disability, continuing disability reviews, etc.).WYB 2.0 also explains what's going on in the often-baffling process of filing for benefits (AND in the aftermath)! Who can file for disability? Retirement? SSI? How long will it take? What about payments for my kids? What about retirement? What is this thing called file and suspend? What are delayed retirement credits? Written by veteran broadcaster and former SSA claims representative Angela Allen, WIN YOUR BENEFITS 2.0 clears a path through the maze!Demystify it all! Give yourself clarity, knowledge, and power! Get the big picture - and WIN YOUR BENEFITS!

Disability Evaluation

Author : Stephen L. Demeter
ISBN : UOM:39015056227674
Genre : Medical
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This volume, which covers both physical and psychiatric disabilities, presents step-by-step procedures for assessing the degree to which impairments affect performance for specific jobs--and determining whether disability is present. It includes over 255 illustrations that demonstrate specific injuries and evaluation processes, and provides detailed discussions of topics such as interpreting radiographic studies, cumulative trauma disorders, fitness for duty, functional capacity evaluation, and disability ratings. It also delivers an expanded focus on international disability evaluation testing procedures and delivery systems.

Visual Impairments

Author : National Research Council
ISBN : 9780309083485
Genre : Social Science
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When children and adults apply for disability benefits and claim that a visual impairment has limited their ability to function, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to determine their eligibility. To ensure that these determinations are made fairly and consistently, SSA has developed criteria for eligibility and a process for assessing each claimant against the criteria. Visual Impairments: Determining Eligibility for Social Security Benefits examines SSA's methods of determining disability for people with visual impairments, recommends changes that could be made now to improve the process and the outcomes, and identifies research needed to develop improved methods for the future. The report assesses tests of visual function, including visual acuity and visual fields whether visual impairments could be measured directly through visual task performance or other means of assessing disability. These other means include job analysis databases, which include information on the importance of vision to job tasks or skills, and measures of health-related quality of life, which take a person-centered approach to assessing visual function testing of infants and children, which differs in important ways from standard adult tests.

Social Security Disability Practice

Author : Thomas E. Bush
ISBN : 9781945421402
Genre : Law
File Size : 67. 74 MB
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What to Do and How to Do It Detailed guidance is important when navigating the hidden rules, obscure interpretations, and frequent delays common to Social Security disability cases. Turn to Tom Bush's Social Security Disability Practice when challenges or questions arise. This 1000-page masterwork covers the waterfront of social security disability practice: • Selecting good cases. • Determining the basis for denial, and common erroneous reasons for denial. • Comparison of Social Security disability and SSI. • Obtaining and dealing with medical and vocational opinion evidence. • Impairment-specific RFC questionnaires. • Issues commonly arising in hearings. • Preparing claimants and witnesses to testify, including questionnaires and letters. • Specific and detailed hearing questions for claimants, witnesses, and experts. • Proving inability to do unskilled sedentary work, including cross-examination questions. • Using the Medical-Vocational Guidelines as framework for decision-making, with charts, questions for the vocational expert, and court decisions. • Res judicata and reopening applications. • Index of key rulings. • Calculating back benefits, with worksheet. • Payment issues and solutions, with directory of contact information. • Developing a legal theory for appeal, with checklist and sample briefs. • Attorney fee issues and solutions. • And much, much more. Considered by many to be the most practical work in the field, Social Security Disability Practice is chock-full of practice-proven forms. Developed by author Tom Bush for his own office, these forms will save you hours and improve your advocacy. Just a few of the tips found in the helpful charts, appendices and forms include: • Use "Maximum RFC Permitted for Disability Finding" to quickly determine what exertional limitations a claimant must have in order to win a disability case. • "Social Security Disability and SSI Compared" summarizes differences between the two programs. • "Physical Limitations and Their Effects on Ranges of Work" will help you understand specific medical restrictions. • Author Tom Bush keeps a copy of "Different Standards of Transferability for Different Ages" in his briefcase for questioning vocational experts at hearings. • Begin your research on disability issues with "Guide to Important Social Security Rulings and Acquiescence Rulings." • Prepare for cross-examination with "Medical Expert Handbook," "Vocational Expert Self-study Guide" and "Vocational Expert Handbook" excerpts from manuals given by SSA to medical and vocational experts. • Vocational experts frequently testify with questionable validity that they know from "experience" of unlisted jobs that qualify as Unskilled Sedentary Occupations. Use this Dictionary of Occupation Titles list together with Tom Bush's recommended cross-examination questions to shoot them down. • "The Advocates' Conflicting Obligations Vis-a-vis Adverse Medical Evidence in Social Security Proceedings" tackles the ethical issue that haunts all practitioners—must you submit an adverse medical report? • "Sources of Information" provides summaries, critiques, and ordering information for dozens of other helpful resources. • The telephone intake form helps screen out frivolous cases, and the claimant questionnaire, while lengthy, is a real attorney timesaver. Accompanying client letters and memos reduce the number of common client questions you have to answer. • Overcome low back pain denials with maximum detail and explanations from the treating physician using the "Lumbar Spine RFC Questionnaire." • "Activities Questionnaire," sent a few days before the hearing, can help claimants think about how their impairments have changed their lives. • With these model questions, show that the vocational expert's testimony about the number of unskilled sedentary jobs within the claimant's RFC is hogwash. • Detailed hearing questions for the claimant on work experience, medical history and treatment, physical and mental symptoms, RFC, and daily activities. Minimize the frustrations in dealing with the SSA, the author, a veteran disability representative, clarifies issues such as: developing the theory of the case, establishing and proving pain, dealing with vocational and medical experts and using the fee agreement process. Useful forms, questionnaires, and checklists help you streamline cases. The two volume book now includes access to Jamesforms.com, containing more than 120 forms.

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