June 2019 Archives

Supplemental Security Income can boost your benefits

Most people understand that it's difficult to live on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits alone. It's also hard to live on retirement if you only have Social Security to rely on. That's why Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is so beneficial. It provides a boost to your income so that you can afford the necessities.

How do you get railroad employee benefits?

You are entitled to railroad employee retirement benefits if you qualify for them yourself or through your spouse. The Railroad Retirement program is similar to the Social Security system, but it's not the same. It's administered by the Railroad Retirement Board, which is independent from the federal government.

June brings a new benefit for California SSI recipients

Beginning June 1, it will be easier for Californians who rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to purchase the food they need. They will be eligible for our state's version of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that's called CalFresh.

Why multiple assessments are needed to determine disability

The amount of Social Security Disability benefits a person is eligible to receive depends in part on how much their ability to function has been impacted by their injury or illness There are a number of tests that can be used to assess people's work-related functions (both physical and mental).

Can you get disability benefits if you don't even have a doctor?

One of the frequent dilemmas faced by people who have little-to-no income is that they also lack the resources to obtain appropriate medical care for their treatment. Even if they can afford a doctor's visit or manage to see a doctor through a community-funded clinic, they may not be able to afford the therapy or medication that the doctor prescribes.

Study: Contingent workers less likely to seek disability benefits

Contingent workers make up an ever-increasing portion of the American workforce. These include independent contractors with advanced degrees who work for a variety of clients over their career rather than as an employee with one company. They also include people who make their living in the "gig" economy -- driving for Uber and Lyft, delivering for GrubHub and DoorDash or doing odd jobs through TaskRabbit and Takl.

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