Cochran Firm's Helping Hands Blog

fireplace‘Tis the Season for Warmth

As families across the country sit down together to enjoy holiday festivities some people will be worrying how they are going to pay the heating bill. Fortunately there is a program called Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that is available in all states and has been providing financial assistance for heating bills since 1981. Funding amounts vary by area, but some assistance packages will pay as much as $1,000 to needy families.

LIHEAP is funded through the Federal Government’s The Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Energy Assistance. Funds that began being released in October to groups contracted for disbursement will total over $3 billion this winter.

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box with with red xDisqualifications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits

Many people apply for Social Security disability benefits, but not everyone qualifies. Over 60% of applicants are not granted benefits on their initial application. Here are some of the reasons applications are not approved.

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med-braceletCompassionate Allowances

Certain medical conditions are so severe that the Social Security Administration automatically assumes anyone suffering with them is unable to work gainfully and thus qualifies for disability benefits. People who can show they have these conditions usually are accepted on initial application therefore it is important to know what medical conditions comprise the compassionate allowances list to include them on your application if possible.

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SSA-LogoSocial Security Disability Statistics for September 2015

Number of people receiving Social Security disability benefits who are disabled, under age 65-     14,244,000 (includes children receiving SSI)
Receiving SSI only-        5,588,000.

The average monthly benefit amount for a disabled worker was $1,164.94.  

 

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United States CapitolA Non-Partisan Look at How the Budget Affects Your SSDI

The new budget was passed by the House and Senate and then signed by President Obama this week. Depending on what news organization you heard what from the bill is either a disaster or the next best thing for Social Security disability recipients. This article will take a simple look at the facts contained in the bill.

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