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Social Security offers tips for your disability interview

The Social Security Administration continues to reach out to Americans through their email list and blog, Social Security Matters, addressing common questions and concerns people may have regarding the Administration, thee benefits it administers and its procedures. In a recent post, it offered advice and tips on filing a disability application. For instance, it reminded New Jersey residents that that can apply for disability benefits online, over the phone, or by visiting one of the local Social Security Administration offices in person.

The website also offers various online resources including a starter kit with a fact sheet, checklist of documents and information that you will need during your application and a worksheet to help you collect all the necessary information.

Included among the things you will need are your marital information, the dates of your last employment; full contact information for each of your doctors including names, telephone numbers, addresses, dates of visits and all medical tests and a medication list including all prescriptions.

If you are submitting information for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will also need to meet additional criteria. You will need to answer questions regarding your living situation including who you reside with and your current living expenses, income for both you and your spouse and additional financial information including your bank balance, motor vehicles owned and other investments such as retirement accounts and stocks and bonds.

The extra information is required because Supplemental Security Income is only for Americans who have not paid into the Social Security Disability Insurance program through employment taxes and who fall below minimum income thresholds. The program is also available for disabled children and the blind.

Source: Social Security Matters, "Prepare for your disability interview: tips from Social Security," By Jim Borland, Feb. 23, 2017

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