One year after the presidential election, immigration rhetoric and policies have upended the lives of millions of people. There have been ramped-up deportations, travel bans and refugee resettlement cut in half, as well as new rules in a plethora of visa classes and threats to sanctuary cities. Not only are the undocumented affected but also children of immigrants, U.S.-born spouses, workers, international students and many more as well as the employers, teachers, police and health care workers who support them.
Social Security disability programs continue to be a major source of cash and health benefits for individuals with disabilities. However, dealing with a large federal agency can be daunting and overwhelming, especially for an unrepresented claimant.
The program begins with an overview of the two disability-based cash benefits programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), with emphasis on eligibility requirements and procedures, including basic disability eligibility standards and non-disability issues such as income, resources, and non-citizen criteria.