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April 2018 Archives

Can one get SSD benefits if they have HIV or AIDS?

While treatments for HIV and AIDS have improved to the point that New Jersey residents suffering from it are often able to function relatively normally, that is not the case for everyone. For those whose medical issues stemming from HIV or AIDS, it is possible to get Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. There are certain requirements to get SSD benefits. It is important to know them before applying. The applicant cannot have the ability to work. The condition must be expected to last for at least one year or end in the person's death. It must be severe enough so the person is not able to do substantial gainful work.

New law will raise oversight on disability representative payees

In many New Jersey cases, a Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits recipient is in a vulnerable state and unable to handle many aspects of their lives alone. In these cases, they might have a person who handles their payments and helps to oversee their finances. While this is for the benefit of the person getting SSD benefits, it is also a system that is ripe for abuse. People who are getting or seeking Social Security Disability benefits and have someone who will handle or does handle their payments should know about a new law that is going into effect.

How is work activity assessed for SSD benefits?

When a New Jersey resident has a medical issue that prevents him or her from working a regular job, there are certain requirements that must be met before getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits. A key factor is whether the claimant can perform substantial gainful activity (SGA). The Social Security Administration will examine certain aspects of the work before a decision is made.

Understanding SSD benefits for veterans and expedited claims

For New Jersey veterans that have suffered an injury or illness and are seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the continuing and problematic backlog of cases can be cause for concern. SSD benefits can be crucial to a person's survival not just for everyday living with paying for a residence and purchasing essentials, but also for receiving the medical care for their issues. Many might not know that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has an expedited processing program for veterans who meet the requirements.