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Social Security FAQs

How much would my Social Security Disability payments be each month?
Your monthly benefits are based upon the amount of money you’ve paid employment taxes (i.e. FICA) on.  The Social Security Administration uses a formula and will freely provide an estimate of disability benefits; call the Social Security Administration at 877-456-4251.

I was just awarded SSD cash benefits. When do my medical benefits begin?
Medical benefits, in the form of Medicare, begin two years after your cash benefits begin. 

I’ve been denied disability benefits, what do I do now?
Act quickly; you must appeal the denial of benefits within 60 days or your case is closed.  It is likely in your best interests to be represented by a Social Security Disability attorney who will collect the evidence needed to prove your case and represent you before the administrative court. 

I have panic attacks and general anxiety disorder. Am I disabled?
If the panic attacks and anxiety keep you from working, you may be disabled; your Social Security Disability attorney can provide guidance regarding your particular situation.  If it seems as though you will be unable to work for at least a year due to mental disorders, chronic illnesses, and/or physical handicaps, the Social Security Administration may deem that you are disabled and entitled to benefits.

I think I’m disabled.  Is Social Security Disability the only program for me?
Social Security Disability (SSD) is the main program for disabled persons.  However, there are two other relevant programs as well:  Widows' or Widowers' Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
If your deceased spouse worked and paid employment taxes (i.e. FICA) and you are disabled and between the ages of 50 and 60, then you may be eligible for Widows' or Widowers' Disability payments.
If you don’t qualify for SSD or the Widows' or Widowers' Disability payments and your income is very low, then you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI.)

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