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How moving could affect Social Security benefits

California residents who become disabled may choose to file for Social Security benefits. Some of these disability recipients wonder what would happen to their benefits if they move to another state with a lower cost of living. Because Social Security disability payments are governed by federal law, moving to another state won't affect the amount of benefits received. However, some states offer supplements to disability payments that may be affected when a recipient moves.

Appeal period for SSD

People in California who have applied for Social Security Disability benefits and been denied typically have 60 days from the date of their decision notice to file an appeal. While the appeal period is 60 days, the Social Security Administration adds an extra five days to allow for the decision notice to be mailed, giving applicants have a total of 65 days to make sure that their appeal is filed with their local SSA office.

An overview of disability benefit criteria

California residents do not need to have a permanent disability to receive Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits. However, an individual seeking such assistance must have a total disability. To qualify as being totally disabled, an applicant must not be able to reach the substantially gainful income threshold in a given year. Those who receive benefits may be allowed to continue working as long as their income is below that amount.

Multiple factors must be met to receive SSD for depression

When people in California develop depression, the condition could last for days, weeks, months or a lifetime. Social Security Disability benefits could be available to people with depression when its severity and persistence can be documented. The first requirement that all applicants must satisfy involves an inability to work, which the Social Security Administration defines as sustained gainful activity. A person must lack the mental focus and fortitude to perform paid labor for at least 12 months.

The Social Security definition of disability

In California and throughout the nation, Social Security provides benefits to people who cannot work due to disability. To be approved for benefits, applicants must follow the proper application procedures, and their condition must qualify as a disability under the Social Security Administration's definition.

Wait time for payment after disability benefits approval

When residents of California are awarded Social Security benefits, they may wonder when they can expect to start receiving payments. The amount of time between approval of a claim and the first payment varies by case, but is usually longer if the case went to hearing before approval.

Enrollment for SSDI down but number of pending cases up

In California, 4.4 percent of the population between the ages of 18 and 64 receive payments from Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income or both programs. According to the Social Security Administration, enrollment numbers appear to have peaked and started to decline, but the amount of pending cases has reached an all-time high of 1.14 million. In 2010, pending cases only totaled about 300,000.

Qualifications for social security disability

California workers who are employees have payroll taxes automatically deducted from each paycheck. There are several types of taxes that all workers pay, including social security tax. This is often compared to insurance because if someone becomes disabled, they might be eligible for benefits from the government since they have paid taxes into the system. However, not everyone is eligible just because they've paid in and then become disabled.

SSD can be expedited under special circumstances

When people in California apply to the Social Security Administration for disability benefits, they usually expect a long wait. The agency, however, does have systems in place to process applications quickly if applicants meet certain criteria.

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