The Social Security Secrets Episode 10: I’ve been approved! Now what?

Most of my posts have focused on what happens when you are denied for SSI or SSDI benefits, but even people whose claims have been approved sometimes run into questions that need answers. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions. Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Episode 10: I’ve been approved! Now what?”

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The Social Security Secrets Episode 9: What Happens at the Appeals Council?

Applicants for SSI and SSDI benefits who have been denied three times – once at the initial level a second time at the reconsideration level, and a third time at the ALJ/OHO level – can file an appeal to the Social Security Appeals Council (AC). This time, however, the types of issues you can raise are dramatically different than what you could raise before. Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Episode 9: What Happens at the Appeals Council?”

The Social Security Secrets Episode 8: What Happens at an ALJ Hearing?

Most people get nervous when they have to go to court, and for good reason: no one goes to court because everything is going perfectly in their life. Fortunately, going to your Social Security disability hearing does not have to be a scary event if you know what to expect.   Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Episode 8: What Happens at an ALJ Hearing?”

The Social Security Secrets Episode 7: What do I do if I am denied for SSI or SSDI?

Only about 25% of applicants for Social Security disability benefits, SSI and SSDI, are approved the first time they apply. For the 75% of applicants who are denied, there are four levels of appeal: Reconsideration, Administrative Law Judge hearing, Appeals Council review, and filing a civil suit in Federal Court. This post will focus on the first appeal: the reconsideration. Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Episode 7: What do I do if I am denied for SSI or SSDI?”

The Social Security Secrets Episode 6: What is a Denial Letter, and How Can it Help Me?

After waiting months for a decision, you finally get a letter from Disability Determination Services (DDS), but like 75% of all applicants, you were denied. Your first thought was probably not G-rated. But if your second thought was “what in the world does this letter even mean?” you’re not alone. Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Episode 6: What is a Denial Letter, and How Can it Help Me?”

Social Security Secrets Episode 4: Getting Approved for Social Security – What are the Listings?

We’ve talked a lot about the application and approval process for Social Security disability benefits: what happens when and by whom.

But here’s what you really want to know: How sick do I have to be to get approved for SSI and SSDI?

Continue reading “Social Security Secrets Episode 4: Getting Approved for Social Security – What are the Listings?”

The Social Security Secrets Series Episode 3: Getting Approved for Social Security – Who Makes the Decision and How?

In the last two episodes of The Social Security Secrets Series, we talked about the first two steps in the SSI/SSDI application process: financial eligibility and the basic application process. Now that you have submitted your application to the Social Security Administration (SSA), what happens? Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Series Episode 3: Getting Approved for Social Security – Who Makes the Decision and How?”