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Funding may reduce Social Security Disability hearing backlog

The application process to be approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be challenging, and so can the Social Security Disability appeals process. The Social Security Disability appeals process has several levels, or stages, and following a request for reconsideration a hearing before an administrative law judge can be requested by an applicant whose application for SSD benefits has been denied. Unfortunately, there has been a significant backlog for hearing requests in recent years.

What is a COLA?

Our readers who are familiar with Social Security and benefits including Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income may have heard of a "COLA" and a "COLA increase." But, some may wonder what COLA refers to. So, what is COLA?

What are the primary differences between disability benefits?

The importance of understanding that there are different types of disability benefits and different ways of qualifying through the Social Security Administration cannot be overstated. There are two primary types of disability benefits offered by the Social Security Administration to protect disabled individuals and their families: Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income. Although each program provides assistance to disabled individuals, different groups of disabled individuals may qualify for one set of benefits over another.

Understanding eligibility for Social Security Disability

Understanding how to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits can be complicated. It is important to know how to provide evidence of eligibility, and it can also be helpful to understand how eligibility for benefits is determined. It is also useful to be familiar with the different options that may be available, including SSD benefits, which are based on work history, or Supplemental Security Income, which does not require work history to qualify, but instead considers need.

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