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Social Security Disability Revealed – Why It’s So Hard to Access Benefits and What You Can Do About It with Spencer Bishins

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Social Security Disability Revealed – Why It’s So Hard to Access Benefits and What You Can Do About It with Spencer Bishins

November 3, 2022

Social Security Disability Revealed – Why It’s So Hard to Access Benefits and What You Can Do About It with Spencer Bishins

ONCE UPON A GENE – EPISODE 159

Social Security Disability Revealed – Why It’s So Hard to Access Benefits and What You Can Do About It with Spencer Bishins

Spencer Bishins has a Master’s degree in economics and a law degree, but after working for SSA for more than 10 years, he shifted his expertise to demystifying the complicated disability system. His first book, Social Security Disability Revealed: Why It’s So Hard to Access Benefits and What You Can Do About It, explores the obstacles disability claimants face as they navigate the benefits system. 

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

Can you tell us about your career and what motivated you to write your book?

After law school, I accepted a job with the Social Security Administration. The SSA system sometimes feels like a computer is deciding a person’s case. That’s partly because the rules can be very strict and partly because they’re monitoring how many cases are being paid to over a million people that file for social security disability benefits every year. Feeling like a claimant is a statistic, moving through an in-personal process where their story is lost can be frustrating. The purpose of the book is to help people understand the process better and know how to deal with situations that may arise during the process. 

What is the difference between SSI and SSDI?

There are two social security disability programs. Social security tax paid through payroll funds the retirement program, but it also funds the SSDI program. SSDI is only for adults, but adults can also apply for the SSI program if they don’t qualify for SSDI benefits. SSI payout is a lot lower payout and a lot stricter. Kids can also receive SSI based on the standard of impairment and functioning, as referenced in the ruling SSR 09-2P to SSR 09-8P. If a child has been approved for SSI, as they approach adulthood, you’ll be notified that the child will undergo an evaluation to determine if they’re able to work and they may lose their benefits. If a parent has worked and earned SSDI benefits, their adult child can file a claim on their parent’s earning record through a program called Disabled Adult Child (DAC) claim. The wage-earner has to be deceased, retired or disabled and in some way a social security recipient themselves. 

For parents who care for their children full time and can no longer work, how can they benefit from social security disability?

If you’ve worked long enough to earn social security credits, you may have SSDI coverage. Filing a disability claim if you’ve paid into the system is called an entitlement and you’re entitled to receive benefits if you qualify. You can talk to a social security representative if you’re considering filing a claim for yourself as a parent. If you’re approved for SSDI, you can also get access to Medicare.

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LINKS & RESOURCES MENTIONED

Determining Childhood Disability – Documenting a Child’s Impairment-Related Limitations

https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/rulings/ssi/02/SSR2009-02-ssi-02.html

Bishins Publishing

https://www.bishinspublishing.com/

Social Security Disability Revealed: Why It’s So Hard to Access Benefits and What You Can Do About It

https://www.amazon.com/Social-Security…/dp/B0B5PQ6ZYD

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