New Social Security Administration Resource: The Disability Planner

June 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has changed their website content and there is something new: the disability planner. Through a series of links, you can very clearly see how many quarters a person needs at age increments, the amount of money earned that constitutes a quarter, and who is eligible for benefits. I think this will be especially helpful with young adult patients who have dependents and who are not always certain if they have paid enough FICA to receive Social Security Disability Income (SSDI).

Historically, many oncology social workers helped patients sort this out by asking if they get Social Security Administration (SSA) annual benefit statements each year before their birthday. Most patients were able to remember if they got this statement and generally had it filed at their home or office. It was just an estimate, but having that confirmation of their eligibility was enough to help prioritize the SSA application process when a young adult was suddenly diagnosed and worried about income in addition to everything else. SSA is no longer mailing these annual benefit estimates nor printing estimate statements either. You can now find them online with the SSA benefits estimate calculator.

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