Find Out Your Potential SSDI BenefitsYou could earn up to $3,148/month.
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  • Advance Designation - Making an advance designation allows someone of your choosing to manage your benefits on your behalf in the event that you are no longer capable of managing your benefits on your own.
  • Appeal - In the event you disagree with a decision, you can appeal it. Appeals are common after the initial and reconsideration levels.
  • Appeal (Appeal Rights) - In the event you disagree with a decision, you can appeal it. Appeals are common after the initial and reconsideration levels.
  • Application for Benefits - You must apply for Social Security benefits in order to receive them, thus the initial application is the first step in the disability process.
  • Application for Benefits - You must apply for Social Security benefits in order to receive them, thus the initial application is the first step in the disability process.
  • Average Monthly Earnings - The average monthly earnings in the highest grossing 35 years of the applicant’s lifetime.
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  • Base Years - In computing Social Security Benefits, these are the years after 1950 up to the year before entitlement to retirement or disability. For a survivior’s claim, the base years include the year of the worker’s death.
  • Benefits - Reduced - The Following benefits are reduced depending on when you began receiving them: Retirement benefits at age 62 and before full retirement age. Spouse benefits at age 62 before full retirement age. Widow’s or widower’s benefits beginning at any time from age 60, or age 50 if you are disabled until the month before you reach […]
  • Birth Certificate (original) - The official record of your birth kept by the state, county, parish, or city.
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  • Child - The term “child” would be a child that can inherit your personal property under state law. Including adopted child, equitable child, stepchild, dependent grandchild or step-grandchild in your care.
  • Computation Years - The highest earning years from 1950 and up.
  • CPI-W (Consumer Price Index) - The measure of the average change over time in the prices paid for goods and services to determine cost of living adjustments.
  • Credits (Social Security Credits) - As you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn credits that count toward your eligibility for future Social Security benefits. You can earn a maximum of four credits each year. Most people need 40 credits to qualify for benefits. Younger people need fewer credits to qualify for disability or survivors benefits.
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  • Full Retirement Age - When you work, you pay into Social Security and earn credits, if you have earned enough credits you will be insured and eligible for Social Security Disability. There is not a insured requirement for disability through Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
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  • Insured Status - When you work, you pay into Social Security and earn credits, if you have earned enough credits you will be insured and eligible for Social Security Disability. There is not a insured requirement for disability through Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
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  • Lifetime Earnings “Earnings Record” - A chronological history of the amount of money you earned each year during your working lifetime. You can view your lifetime earnings with a personal my Social Security account.
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  • Medicaid - A joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for people with low incomes and limited resources. Medicaid programs vary from state to state. For more information, see Medicaid.gov
  • Medicare - Generally, the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older or those that have been found disabled by Social Security for 24 months or longer.
  • Month of Election - Once electing for retirement, this is the month you choose for benefits to start.
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  • Normal Retirement Age - You are eligible for reduced retirement benefits from age 62 until full retirement age at 67.
  • Number Holder - A person who earns Social Security credits while working for wages or self-employment income. Sometimes referred to as the “Number Holder” or “Worker.”
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  • PIA (Primary Insurance Amount) - The monthly amount payable if found disabled or the monthly amount payable to someone reaching full retirement age.
  • Proofs - All documents you submit to Social Security to support your case for disability, retirement benefits or payment amount.
  • Protective Filing Date - The date you file for benefits.
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  • QC (Quarter of Coverage) - As you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn credits that count toward your eligibility for future Social Security benefits. You can earn a maximum of four credits each year. Most people need 40 credits to qualify for benefits. Younger people need fewer credits to qualify for disability or survivors benefits.
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  • Reduction Months - If you start receiving benefits early, your benefits are reduced a small percent for each month before your full retirement age.
  • Retirement Age - Full Benefits - The Age you become eligible for unreduced benefits. Anyone born before 1960 is at full retirement age. The full retirement age is 66 if you were born from 1943 to 1954. The full retirement age increases gradually if you were born from 1955 to 1960, until it reaches 67. For anyone born 1960 or later, […]
  • Retirement Earnings Test - If you receive monthly Social Security benefits before your full retirement age and work, your earnings from wages and/or self-employment cannot exceed a certain amount without reducing your monthly benefits. See https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/retirement/planner/whileworking.html
  • Retroactive Benefits (Back Pay) - Monthly benefits that you may be entitled to before the month you actually apply. Generally, for SSD the maximum is one year before the filing date.
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  • Social Security Number - The nine digit number given to you by the Social Security Administration.
  • Social Security Office - The office that handles all Social Security matters in your area. Please see the link for a local Social Security office near you. https://www.ssa.gov/locator/?URL=%2Fapps6z%2FFOLO%2Ffo001.jsp
  • Spouse - You are the spouse of the worker if: – You and the worker were married at the time you filed for benefits. – You would have the status of a husband or a wife for that person’s personal property if they had no will. – You went through a marriage ceremony in good faith, which […]
  • SS-5 - Application for a Social Security Card.
  • SS-5 FS - Application for a Social Security Card outside the United States.