What do I need to apply?
You or your representative must provide proof of identity to include:
- Proof of age
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency, if foreign born
- DD Form 214, if discharged from the military service
- W-2 Form or income tax return from the previous year
- Military or worker’s compensation to include proof of payment
- Social Security numbers of your spouse and minor children
- Checking or saving account number, if you have one
- Name, address and phone number of a contact person, in case you are unavailable
- Medical records that you may have and/or that you can easily obtain from all military and civilian sources.
Important: File your application for disability benefits as soon as possible with available documentation. Do not delay your filing because you do not have all of your documentation.
How does Social Security make a decision to pay a claim?
Your claim is handled by the state Disability Determination Services (DDS) office that makes disability decisions. Medical and vocational experts from the DDS will contact your physicians where you receive treatment, in order to retrieve your medical records. The DDS may ask you to have an examination or medical test. You will not have to pay for these exams or tests.
How long does it take for a decision?
The length of time to receive a decision on your disability claim could vary. It depends on:
- The nature of your disability
- How quickly the DDS office obtains medical evidence from your doctor or medical sources
- Whether it is necessary to send you for a medical examination in order to obtain evidence to support your claim.
25 New Conditions Added to CA List
The Social Security Administration has announced 25 new Compassionate Allowances (CA) conditions. The CA program reduces the time it takes to make decisions on disability applications filed by Americans with the most serious disabilities, so they receive decisions on their claims within days, instead of months or years. The new conditions include a dozen cancers and disorders that affect the digestive, neurological, immune and multiple body systems.
Click here to see 25 new conditions.
Click here to see how to expedite your claim.
Click here to see Supplemental Social Security Program.
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Old Age, Survivors, Disability, and Health Insurance Programs (OASDHI)
If you have worked and paid into the Social Security system, you can receive a cash benefit to help you meet your needs due to retirement, disability, or death.
If you are a spouse, former spouse, or widow/widower of a Social Security beneficiary, you can collect retirement benefits based on your spouse’s work record. Note that if you, your spouse, or ex-spouse draws on the Social Security benefit before full retirement age, you will receive a lower monthly benefit amount. You may be able to collect benefits if you are:
- a spouse of the beneficiary and are age 62 or older
- a divorced spouse of the beneficiary, age 62 or older, currently unmarried, and your marriage lasted at least 10 years
- a widow or widower of the beneficiary and are age 60 or older (or age 50 or older, if you are disabled)