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Social Security by Jan Yager, Fred Yager

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CHAPTER9

Applying for Disability Benefits

In This Chapter

  • The two types of disability benefits
  • How the SSA determines your eligibility
  • How to apply for disability benefits
  • What happens if you return to work?

What is the Social Security Disability program? It’s a government-run plan that offers financial help to people who are unable to work for at least a year because of severe mental or physical impairments or disabilities.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), in December 2013 there were a total of almost 9 million disabled American workers—4,600,000 males and 4,300,000 females—with an average monthly benefit of $1,146.43. ...

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