When can disabled individuals start receiving Medicare benefits?

People in Indiana who receive Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits should know they are also entitled to Medicare benefits. This is important, especially if the medical condition of the SSDI beneficiary worsened with time.

Generally, the Social Security Administration (SSA) informs disability beneficiaries they are eligible for Medicare benefits after receiving SSDI benefits for two years. The Medicare Trust Fund was created to provide beneficiaries access to medical facility services and procedures. In Indiana, when Medicare beneficiaries are determined to have an extremely low income, the additional costs surrounding their Medicare benefits could be waived as well.

The lawyers at the Hankey Law Office provide legal assistance to Indiana SSDI beneficiaries to help them fully understand their benefits. If you have concerns about your benefits, or if you have decided to apply for or appeal your benefits, call us today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

What SSDI beneficiaries should know upon changing marital status

Individuals who are receiving Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits should understand the payments they receive could be affected once they decide to change their marital status. Below are the things that could happen to disability benefits when a person changes his or her marital status:

  • SSDI beneficiaries who got their payments from their spouse can no longer receive benefits if they got divorced before reaching 62 years of age.
  • Individuals who have been receiving SSDI benefits from their deceased spouse may have their benefits stopped if they remarry before reaching 50 years of age.
  • Individuals who are receiving other kinds of benefits could stop receiving those benefits if they get married.

Those who have changed their marital status could continue receiving benefits upon divorcing a spouse if they are over 62. If you want to know more about your SSDI benefits in Indiana, consult with an Indiana attorney of the Hankey Law Office. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your disability benefit options.

What SSDI beneficiaries should know about disability review

The Social Security Administration (SSA) conducts a review of every person who receives disability benefits (SSDI), so they can know if the beneficiaries still deserve to get financial assistance.

Usually, the SSA notifies beneficiaries by mail that a review will take place. SSDI recipients should know they will be guided by local SSA officials regarding the review process and their rights. During this time, beneficiaries are expected to provide copies of their updated medical records that may include medical procedures they had. Beneficiaries will then be reviewed by a doctor and a disability examiner. At some point, additional medical exams at the expense of the SSA are requested from the beneficiaries. If the SSA decides an individual is still disabled, he or she is still entitled to benefits. However, benefits could stop if the SSA learns the person’s disability is improving. SSDI beneficiaries who believe their benefits were wrongfully stopped may consider appealing for their benefits.

If you want to learn more about how the SSA reviews your condition as an SSDI recipient, working with a skilled attorney is beneficial, especially if you heavily rely on your benefits to sustain your medications. Consult with an Indiana attorney of the Hankey Law Office today by calling (800) 520-3633.

SSDI benefits given to eligible children

People who have contributed to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) should know that their children with disabilities may also receive benefits. This fact is important for families who are struggling with their finances because they are given financial assistance for their loved ones. Below are the qualifications of children who may be eligible for extended SSDI benefits:

  • Disabled children whose age is no older than 18
  • Children who have reached the age of 19 but are not enrolled past the twelfth grade
  • Disabled children who are already adults but whose disabling condition started before they turned 22

It is important to note that children who are entitled to receive monthly SSDI benefits usually receive half of the amount received by the beneficiary every month. Children may have their benefits stopped when their condition improves or upon reaching 18 years old.

If you want to know more about how your loved one could receive SSDI benefits, working with a skilled lawyer is critical, especially if you are unaware of the application process. Call the Indiana attorneys of the Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may work for you.

SSDI beneficiaries right to appeal

It is good to know that the Social Security Administration has a disability program (SSDI) to help individuals who can no longer earn a living due to a disabling condition. Unfortunately, there are some situations when beneficiaries do not agree with SS decisions. Individuals who are unsatisfied with their SSDI should know that they have the right to appeal it by the doing the following:

  • Write an appeal request letter to the Social Security office
  • The appeal request should be submitted no later than 60 days after beneficiary gets the decision
  • Beneficiaries could request for Publication No. 05-10058 or the “Your Right to Question the Decision Made on Your Claim” if still unsatisfied with the new decision

SSDI beneficiaries should note that the SS allow them to seek legal help from an experienced attorney if they have disagreements in the benefits they receive, or if they have any concerns regarding disability benefits. If you are in Indiana, the Hankey Law Office attorneys may represent you. Call us today at (317) 634-8565 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

Social Security ceased disability benefits to a woman with epilepsy

A woman in Knoxville receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits due to her debilitating epilepsy had her monthly benefits stopped recently due to the impression that her condition does not affect her daily activities anymore, a September 21 article published on wate.com stated.

Epileptic patient Amy Schnelle was advised last May that she would no longer get benefits from Social Security (SS) as her condition was believed to be improving. Schnelle, who cannot work due to her severe seizure attacks, heavily relies on her SSDI benefits to sustain her daily medicines needed for the disorder. SS told her that her disorder can be treated with proper medication and therefore she could go back to work. Aside from the $1,200 monthly SSDI benefits, which she is appealing to continue, Schnelle’s Medicare assistance has also ceased. Schnelle believed that the SS is giving her a dilemma as she needs the benefits to be able to buy the medicines.

Filing for SSDI appeal could be a stressful procedure if you are not aware of the process and that your benefits were erroneously taken away from you. However, if you are in such situation in Indiana, the Hankey Law Office lawyers may offer you legal assistance in the appeals process. Call us today at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

How does the SSA decide if a person is disabled?

Disabled people who decide to file for their benefits should know how the Social Security Administration (SSA) will determine if they are eligible to receive disability payments. The decision process is strict and usually based on the following applicant information gathered from medical professionals.

  • When did the patient start to suffer from a disabling condition?
  • What are the serious illnesses or disabilities of the patient?
  • Is the patient’s lifestyle negatively affected by their disability?
  • What are the treatment or medical procedures the patient has undergone to address their disability?
  • What are the test results of the patient regarding their disability?

The SSA may also ask doctors about basic information regarding the SSDI applicants to determine if they can still do any work that could earn them income. The SSA may also request other supporting documents to fully determine if an applicant is indeed disabled.

If you can no longer work due to your disability, enlisting an attorney’s help is critical, especially because the SSA is strict about screening SSDI applicants. Speak with an attorney at the Hankey Law Office in Indiana today by calling (800) 520-3633 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

The right to appeal SSDI benefits

Disabled individuals in Indiana who have applied for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may find themselves frustrated if their claim is rejected. However, those who are denied their benefits have the right to file an appeal if they believe that they deserve to receive benefits. Individuals who have decided to appeal for their benefits should note that the appeals process can have up to four stages:

  • Reconsideration stage
  • Hearing stage
  • Appeals Council review stage
  • Federal court stage

Disabled individuals who are notified that their SSDI claims were denied are given 60 days to request an appeal. Failing to do so will result in the conclusion of their case. However, the Social Security Administration may allow people to appeal their claims if they have valid reasons for not filing an appeal immediately.

If you are denied of your SSDI benefits, seeking legal help is important, especially if you decide to fight for your disability benefits through the complicated appeals process. Speak with an Indiana attorney at the Hankey Law Office today by calling (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.

Understanding Social Security video teleconferencing

Disabled individuals in Indiana who are summoned by a Social Security judge may consider video teleconferencing (VTC), especially if it is highly inconvenient for them to appear in court due to their condition.

Like typical hearings, VTC enables individuals to clearly see and hear other participants through colored screen monitors. Individuals using VTC can actually see and interact with the judge and other hearing participants. VTC is a convenient way for individuals to present themselves in a hearing without going to a physical court. Individuals should note that VTC is highly secured and the Social Security Administration (SSA) only records conversations, not video footage. 

If you want more information regarding Social Security benefits, including how to file for disability benefits in Indiana, get in touch with an attorney at the Hankey Law Office. Find out how we may legally assist you in your application or appeal today by calling (800) 520-3633.

New York man nearly loses his home after SSDI delay

A delay on a man’s Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in Port Washington, New York almost resulted in his family losing their home to foreclosure.

Mitch Cohen, once a successful electrical engineer, was his family’s primary breadwinner when he became unable to work after a serious heart attack. Cohen applied for his disability benefits after losing his job and began receiving monthly payments in January of this year. After a favorable hearing stating that his benefits are deserved, Cohen was still owed over $60,000 worth of back-benefits from the years he received no monthly payments. Social Security finally deposited Cohen’s back-benefits six years after he lost his job. Cohen stated he will use the money he received to get out of debt.

The lawyers at the Hankey Law Office understand that many people in Indiana experience similar difficulties when their SSDI payments are delayed. If you or someone you know has an issue receiving benefits, we may be able to assist you in obtaining them. Call our office at 317-634-8565 to learn more about your options.