Medicare and Social Security Benefits: Do You Automatically Qualify?


Medicare and Social Security are federal agencies that provide financial assistance to millions of qualifying Americans every year. Fortunately, they are also linked, so if you are collecting Social Security Disability benefits (SSD), you may automatically be eligible for Medicare depending on your age, disability, and period in which you’ve been a beneficiary. Determining Eligibility […]

Are My Social Security Benefits Taxable?


When you’re initially approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you will likely feel a sense of relief – the application process is over, and you’re finally receiving the financial assistance you need. However, questions will eventually begin to arise. For instance, are social security benefits taxed? This is a commonly asked question, and the […]

VA vs. SSD Benefits: Which One is Right for You?


As a military veteran, you may have more options for disability benefits than you realize. For example, you may be eligible to receive both Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits and Social Security Disability (SSD) simultaneously. Ultimately, whether or not you qualify for either federal agency depends on your unique situation. Here’s what you should […]

February 28th is Rare Disease Day


Typically occurring on the last day of February every year, Rare Disease Day helps raise awareness of rare diseases and advocate for better access to treatment, resources, and medical representation worldwide. A Brief Background Rare Disease Day was first organized by The European Organisation for Rare Diseases on February 29th, 2008. The organization selected the […]

Could An “Invisible” Disability Qualify For SSD?


The answer is yes. Typically, when you mention the word “disability” to somebody, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is a wheelchair – a universal symbol of disability in many places. However, numerous other disabilities and chronic health issues may not be obvious at first glance and are overlooked by many, but […]

The SSA vs. Social Media: Don’t Jeopardize Your Claim [infographic]


A majority of Americans have at least one social media account. Have you ever considered how your online activity could affect your Social Security Disability claim? Learn more with our infographic.

What Is SSA’s Definition of Disability?

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If you are or have recently become disabled, you may wonder if you are eligible for assistance through the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA has a specific list of qualifying conditions for disability benefits through its Blue Book. In the Blue Book, there are several different categories of disabilities that warrant SSDI benefits, including […]

Your Guide to Accessibility in Portland, Oregon


Our hometown of Portland, Oregon is a hub of one-of-a-kind personality, charm, and dedication to caring for the environment and its inhabitants. Visitors from near and far love exploring the organic and homegrown way of life that our close-knit community provides, and those who use wheelchairs would be pleased with its accessibility. As one of […]

Getting Disability: Can You Do the Type of Work You Have Done in the Past? Does it Matter?


The short answer is “maybe.” A lot depends on your age. If you are under age 50, the answer is probably no. All the Judge has to do is show that there are 20,000 or more full-time jobs that you can do, regardless of whether you could ever find that job anywhere near where you […]

Hearings During the COVID-19 Pandemic


By now, most people have adapted to a world in which COVID-19 exists. Businesses, schools, and other agencies are re-opening their doors everyday in an effort to return to normalcy. One agency that remains adamant in its closure is none other than the Social Security Administration. Despite the importance of having these offices open to […]

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