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Can I get a part-time job and still receive disability benefits?

You receive Social Security disability benefits, but money is tight. Your friend tells you about a job opportunity that you think you could do -- despite your disability -- to make a little extra cash.

But if you apply and get the job, how will that impact your disability benefits? Is it even OK to take a part-time job while receiving benefits?

What you need to know about hearing loss and disability benefits

If your hearing loss is severe and you no longer can do your job because of it, it would be in your best interest to apply for Social Security Disability benefits to help you pay your living expenses.

The Social Security Administration uses its medical guide, called the Blue Book, when it reviews an applicant's eligibility criteria. The Blue Book outlines when a person with hearing loss can become eligible for benefits.

Social Security Administration seeking public input about pain

Americans have until Friday, February 15 to give the Social Security Administration input about how pain should be measured when it comes to being eligible for disability benefits.

The agency wants feedback that will help to determine if it should change its policy about pain evaluation.

Mental disorders that can qualify for SSD

Living with a disability can make even everyday activities a real challenge. Working with a disability is usually out of the question entirely, leaving many people asking how they will make their ends meet. Fortunately, Social Security Disability (SSD) is available to help individuals in need. Better yet, mental disorders are also covered by SSD.

Truly debilitating mental disorders like dementia and severe cognitive issues are not the only things covered by SSD. As we discussed in an earlier blog entry, issues that are becoming more understood, such as anxiety, are also covered in certain situations. Below is a list of other mental disorders that are most likely covered by SSD.

How a dementia diagnosis affects Social Security Disability

Older workers in Indiana, and elsewhere, could be facing the onset of dementia, making tasks they did every day on the job for years seem more daunting.

Employers must have difficult conversations with those valued employees. In turn, the employees likely will have a difficult time coming to terms with cognitive changes that are occurring.

Trouble with Social Security Disability? Seek an attorney's help

We recently heard the story of a young woman from another state who has cystic fibrosis, which is a disease that leads to lung damage. Just 22, she was receiving Social Security benefits for her disability and had access to Medicaid, which covered her health care costs that come to about $100,000 a year.

Working outside the home isn't possible for her. She told CBS News that giving herself her medication and her therapy takes about six hours out of each day. She also is susceptible to infections and a variety of complications.

Why do I need another medical test when applying for disability?

You filled out all the paperwork you needed to in order to file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. You went back to your doctor's office again, and again, for the records you needed. You think you made your case.

Then, you hear from Indiana's Disability Determination Bureau, which renews the claim on behalf of the Social Security Administration (SSA). What you hoped was a letter notifying you that your benefits were approved instead is a request.

The government shutdown and Social Security Disability claims

How is the government shutdown affecting the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims process? Well, there's good news and bad news.

The good news is that existing benefits will be paid and Social Security Administration (SSA) offices will remain open -- although you can generally expect longer lines and as well as longer wait times on the phone.

Veterans, Social Security benefits can complement each other

As an Indiana residents and a disabled veteran, you could be receiving Veterans Administration disability benefits.

But what if the injury you suffered as part of your active-duty military service also left you unable to work at all, post-service?

How does the Social Security Administration handle claims?

Social Security is more than a safety net for aging Americans. The fund can also be the source of necessary financial help if someone is disabled or otherwise unable to work. The benefits can help people keep their homes and livelihoods, but the process of getting them can be long and confusing. Fortunately, the beginning of the process is relatively simple, and there are sources of help when applicants run into delays or problems.

Where do most applications for Social Security benefits begin?

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