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Disability Workbook cover Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants

Helps gather facts to fill out SSA disability report forms and improves chances of accessing SSA's new fast disability decision


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Explains the Social Security disability program with pictures. Shows what to do and not do.

Authored by a novel three person team: a disability lawyer, graphic artist, and comic book writer, who have created an accessible, user-friendly introductory guide for folks new to the disability application process or folks who are just

baffled by papers and forms. Attorney Doug Smith says, "Helping Hand is a concise illustration of how to get started, or how to help a friend or spouse document important details that will secure Social Security Disability Benefits sooner rather than later."

Ten large-type pages of words and pictures, plus six useful "Factsheets" that help you organize your case.

Download this e-book for $5, and win benefits more easily.

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Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants, 8th Edition, 2012 e-book. Adobe Acrobat ® (pdf) format.

Highlights new SSA rules promoting quicker disability decisions. Outlines the fundamentals of SSDI, the application process, how to prove a claim for disability benefits, and how to appeal an unfavorable SSA decision. Analyzes SSA's Internet SSDI claim process and compares it with personal services available through a local Social Security office.

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Disability Evaluation in a Nutshell. Three Minute Guide to Effective Medical Reports

Identifies questions to be addressed by doctors in reports to Social Security about patients with disabilities. June 2005. (16 pages)
Available only as an e-book.
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Disability Evaluation in a Nutshell: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Shows how to apply the principles of Social Security Ruling 99-2p to writing persuasive medical reports that satisfy Social Security disability standards. Winter 2004-2005. (24 pages)
Available as an e-book. Click here to order

Disability Evaluation in a Nutshell: Interstitial Cystitis.

Shows how to apply the principles of Social Security Ruling, SSR 02-2p to writing persuasive medical reports that satisfy Social Security disability standards. Winter 2004-2005. (24 pages)
Available as an e-book.
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Preparing for Your Disability Review
Explains the main types of disability reviews and how beneficiaries can respond to them effectively. Fall 2003. (32 pages)

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When SSA Asks Repayment
Explains how to respond to Social Security when they ask for money back. Winter 1999 (12 pages)

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A Helping Hand -- with Social Security Disability (Illustrated)
Explains the Social Security disability program with pictures. Winter 2004 (16 pages)

Available as an e-book. Click here to order

Recipe for Winning DI Benefits from SSA
Compares proving disability with following a recipe to bake a cake.Summer-Fall 2004 (24 pages)

Available as e-book.
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Proving Disability to SSA: Overcoming Challenges in the Disability Claim Process

Shows how disabled applicants can win quickly by thoroughly documenting Fall 2003. (24 pages). People who have the Disability Workbook do not need this booklet.
Available as e-book.
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Moderate Work: Congress Encourages SSDI Beneficiaries to Work, Within Limits
This special issue shows how Social Security “work incentive” rules may enable Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries to earn moderate amounts of money without losing benefits. March 2007 (8 pages).
Available as e-book.
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Winning SSDI While Working
Describes how SSA may award benefits despite coninuation of work. Winter 2005 (16 pages)

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Antique SSDI Poster

2013 Updates to Disability Workbook

8th Edition

Wounded Warriors & Other Veterans May Get Fast Processing of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Claims

The Social Security Administration (SSA) wants wounded warriors and other veterans with disabilities to know that they may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits as well as VA benefits, and also may get faster decisions on their claims. http://www.ssa.gov/veterans/#ht=1

Twenty Five Medical Conditions Added to SSA's "CAL" List in January, to Receive Fast Claim Decisions

Medical conditions authorized to receive expedited decision in the Compassionate Allowance (CAL) process now total 225. For details go to:


SSA Announces a 1.5 % Benefit Increase in 2014

The Social Security Administration says monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans will increase 1.5 percent in 2014, the Social Security Administration announced October 30, 2013.

The 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 57 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2014. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2013.

Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $117,000 from $113,700. Of the estimated 165 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2014, about 10 million will pay higher taxes as a result of the increase in the taxable maximum.

To compare 2013 and 2014 figures, see our article, Annual Adjustments Affecting Benefits in 2014 Compared with 2013

Information about Medicare changes for 2014 is available at www.Medicare.gov.

The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.





Get a Head Start with Free Social Security Disability Report Forms
Filling out disability report forms properly is important. Reviewing the printed SSA  forms in advance can help you fill out disability reports accurately. This is especially important if you will be filling out disability reports online. (The online disability report format doesn't allow you to see the whole form at once.) The following official disability report forms may be downloaded free as Adobe Acrobat ® files by clicking on the report form number below. Do us a favor, and please let us know if you come across later versions.

Form SSA 3368 BK Disability Report (12-2012)

Form SSA 3373 BK Function Report (01-2013)

Form SSA 3369 BK Work History Report

Form SSA-454-BK Disability Review Report (7-2010)

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