The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers two programs that provide benefits based on disability: the Social Security disability insurance program (title II of the Social Security Act (the Act) and the supplemental security income (SSI) program (title XVI of the Act). Because there is no direct involvement of medical professionals in the disability decisions made by administrative law judges in the Office of Hearings and Appeals, administrative law judges sometimes request expert testimony on complex medical issues.
These resources can help you better appreciate the process, especially if you are determined to fight for your benefits alone. NOTE: SSA has begun testing different application processes in different parts of the nation. The Social Security Administration must read each letter forwarded to ensure that it contains nothing that could prove embarrassing to the missing person if read by a third party.
The truly important ramification of the WEP and GPO on Social Security retirement benefits comes into play during divorce proceedings. The Social Security Administration is headquartered in Woodlawn, Maryland, the federal government created the only office that has its headquarters outside Washington, the state capital.
One must also inform the banks, credit card companies and other financial agencies and let them know you are in the process of getting a replacement. Have a look at the eligibility criteria for social security benefits for widows. Social Security Numbers are usually not visible on Death Master File record indices if the person for which the SSN is concerned has died in the last decade.
The alternative method is called the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and was created to close a loophole that enabled worker’s who earned benefits in covered and non-covered employment from being labeled a low-earning worker and receiving a disproportionately large Social Security benefit.