What is Social Security Disability?

This is the first in a series of posts about Social Security Disability. However, there is so much information that one post couldn’t in anyway cover SSD.

During the Great Depression, it became obvious that a good number of people needed financial or other assistance to meet expenses because people lived longer, or were underemployed or couldn’t work for health reasons.

In 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed what is today known as the Social Security Act. This act provided for people who qualified to receive a money check from the government to help meet expenses. That money was to be partially funded by payroll deductions.

To be eligible to receive benefits, you must be a citizen of the United States. The Social Security Administration says that you are eligible to begin receiving receive benefits at age 62. However, exceptions are granted for people below that age if they can show proof of disability.

The Social Security Administration, however, makes the final determination that one is disabled and they Administration (SSA) does NOT grant benefits  for a partial disability or for a short-term disability. The Social Security Administration requires:

*that THEY make the determination that you cannot do or learn other work because your medical condition prevents it

*that you not be able to do the work that you’ve done before

*your disability is expected to last at least 12 months or death

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