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  • The Social Security Administration has announced there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment in 2016 for the nearly 65 million Americans drawing Social Security disability, retirement or SSI benefits.  This is because there was no inflation between the third quarter of 2014 and 2015 as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage…

    a year+ ago
  • Institute of Health Committee Calls for Validity Tests in Psychological Disability cases

    If you have a psychological disability, the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance can be difficult. Now a committee from the Institute of Medicine is calling for more testing, which could make it even harder. In 2014, the Social Security Administration paid benefits to nearly 11 million disabled workers and their dependents. Of those,…

    a year+ ago

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  • Spring-Summer 2015 Newsletter SSDI Insolvency Looms We’ve known it’s been coming for some time and now it’s on our doorstep. Unless Congress acts the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund (DI Trust Fund) will become insolvent late next year and unable to pay full benefits any longer. Millions of Americans who rely on their disability checks for most, if not all,…

    2+ years ago
  • Fall 2014 Newsletter OBAMACARE UPDATE On October 1st it will have been a year since enrollment began in the Affordable Care Act national health insurance program known as Obamacare. The difficulties in the early weeks and months have been well documented. But where are we a year later… Read the Newsletter in PDF format.   Read the Newsletter in PDF…

    2+ years ago

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about Michigan Social Security Disability Insurance SSDI

Provided by William Crawforth, Michigan Social Security Attorney & Lawyer

The following is a list of frequently asked questions that Attorney William Crawforth is often requested to explain to his contacts and clients. You may wish to read the entire page of questions and answers or just select your specific questions by clicking the links below.

 

Difference between SSI and SSDI?

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the welfare part of Social Security. It is a “needs based” benefit based on the assets and income in your household. Generally, the less assets and income your household possess, the more your monthly SSI will be. SSI for 2014 is $721 for an individual per month, and for a couple it is $1028 per month.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is based on the money you paid into the system during your working years and has nothing to do with current assets or income. Generally, the more you paid into the system during your working or career years, the more you will get from SSDI.

 

What can I do to get my Social Security benefits raised?

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit is up to a maximum of $721 for an individual for 2014.  A couple receives $1,028 for 2014. Social Security Income (SSI) benefits are fixed for everybody and not based on what you actually need to live.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefit is based on what you paid into the system during your working / career years and can vary between approximately $200 to $2000 per month or more.

 

Do my spouse or children get benefits?

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) = No.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) = Yes. Your spouse and children share 50% of what you receive. For example, if you receive $2000/month, your spouse and children will receive $1000, if you have minor children. If there are no minor children, the spouse gets nothing unless he or she is also disabled and meets the non-disability criteria.

 

Do I receive Medicare when I receive SSI or SSDI?

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) = No.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) = Yes, but only after you have been on the benefits for 24 months.

 

Do any other benefits I receive reduce my SSDI benefits?

Yes, but only Worker’s Compensation.

If you have questions about the Michigan Social Security Law Services provided by William Crawforth, call Toll-Free 800-864-1244, local (734) 622-0143 or click here to contact us.

Call today if you have questions about the Michigan Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer Services provided by William Crawforth.

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