A Definition And Review Of An American Safety Net: Social Security Disability (SSD)
The Social Security Act as signed into law by President Roosevelt in 1935 was designed to provide retired workers age 65 or older with ongoing support after retirement. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program was put into effect in 1956, providing benefits to older disabled workers. The scope of Social Security Disability later expanded to include disabled workers of any age and their dependents through a law signed by President Eisenhower in 1960.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI), providing payments to needy aged, blind and disabled individuals regardless of work history, was added during President Nixon’s administration, between 1969 and 1970.
Under President Clinton in 1994, the Social Security Administration, SSA, was removed from under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services and established as a separate, autonomous agency administering these social safety net programs for the disabled.
For Workers With Disabilities: What The SSA May Do For You
Today, the SSA continues to administer programs for retired, needy and disabled Americans, including Social Security Disability (SSD), also referred to as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Qualifications include work history and proof of defined disabilities. SSD functions as a public insurance program by which:
- Employers withhold payroll taxes to fund the program
- Self-employed people also pay into Social Security when they file income tax
- Americans with sufficient work history (generally 10 years or more) and with qualifying disabilities may apply for disability benefits online, by phone and in person at SSA offices
- Applicants whose claims are denied can appeal by way of:
- Requests for reconsideration
- Administrative law judge (ALJ) hearings
- Appeals councils
- U.S. district courts
When an application has been approved or an appeal has been won, the recipient may receive benefits monthly until retirement age, at which time he or she will transition to retirement benefits.
Discuss Your Unique Circumstances With Our Dedicated Team
This summary is general by nature, not intended to be comprehensive or customized to individual cases. To discuss your unique circumstances with a well-coordinated team of professionals, contact USA Disability Team, LLC. We are eager to explain how we can help you improve your chances of an approval or appeal a denial for disability benefits through SSD.
From offices in Maricopa County, we serve clients throughout Arizona and in other states. Our professionals collaborate with attorneys and experts such as doctors to ensure that each disabled worker’s quest for rightful benefits receives full consideration by the SSA. You may reach us by phone at 800-248-5120 or through our intake form.