Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Helping Patients Get Social Security Disability

There are a lot of people in the country that rely on Social Security Disability (SSD). These benefits give individuals a way to provide for themselves, especially when they are unable to seek employment. If you manage a network of healthcare providers and want to help your patients receive SSD, here are some ways you can help them apply.

Calculate How Much They Can Receive

Your patients are probably wondering how much they can get from disability benefits. That really depends on their work history. Using a specialized formula, Social Security takes into account their average earnings and inflation.

If your patients are disabled, their spouse can receive these benefits as well if they are reaching the age of 62. Your patients’ receivable amount can also be adjusted if they provide for a child under the age of 16.

Determine if They are Eligible

Another thing to consider is their eligibility for Social Security Disability. This is based on the severity of their injury and work history. An individual has to work a minimum amount of time to qualify for these benefits, which is calculated using work credits that are based on their yearly wages. A total of four work credits can be received in a calendar year.

By understanding how Social Security Disability works, you can assist your patients in preparing their application correctly, and you can know what to expect. This will save you time and worry, so you can focus on providing them the care they need.

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