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May 2016 Archives

What is the maximum SSI payment a New Jersey resident may get?

This blog has discussed quite a few of the basic differences between the two main federal disability benefits programs. New Jersey readers may remember that these two programs are Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Of the two, SSI is more restrictive and difficult to receive, and is meant generally for those with limited or no assets who have not paid enough into the social security system prior to becoming disabled. For people who have an inability to work due to some kind of physical or psychological disability, however, the SSI program may be the difference between being completely dependent upon others and being at least partially financially autonomous.

What is a 'somatoform' disorder in mental illness disability?

This blog has previously talked about the fact that, because of their tendency to have somewhat subjective symptoms and effects, mental and psychological disabilities may be more difficult to deal with for those who make determinations about Social Security Disability Insurance at the Social Security Administration. The frustration that some New Jersey applicants may feel when having to prove their mental illness can be multiplied when that illness is some form of 'somatoform disorder.'

What is the physical component of 'RFC' in New Jersey disability?

About a month ago, this space discussed the concept of 'Residual Functional Capacity' as it relates to the way the Social Security Administration evaluates applications for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. At that time, we presented a general overview of what RFC is and how the SSA utilizes it in the context of determining whether an applicant has an inability to work. This week we will take a closer look at one of the specific components that may affect RFC, and that is an applicant's ability to meet the physical requirements of work.

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