The Sleepy Girl SSA Policy Library

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Art: Robin Mead

Things you can read that will help you feel smarter and less confused:

How to Understand the Difference Between SSI and SSDI

🌺 This may make your life less confusing.

Complete Step by Step Disability Application Timeline

🌺 Figure out what happens when and what happens next

How Will My Love Life Affect My Disability Check?

🌺 Marriage, divorce, children, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc.

Am I Seeing Mr. Right?

🌺 Is your doctor an Acceptable Medical Source?

Who Makes the Decision? What is DDS?

🌺 Learn about the people who make decisions for new applications and reconsiderations

How To Check Your Date Last Insured

🌺 If you are applying for SSDI, and have not worked recently, you may wish to check your Date Last Insured. (SSDI only. For SSI this does not matter).

How Do Work Credits Work?

🌺 How work credits affect your check, and what to do if you don’t have enough of them.

How to Reopen an Earlier Claim

🌺 If you applied in the past and never appealed the denial.

What To Do If You Miss a Social Security Deadline

🌺 Should this happen to happen

Holding Out As a Married Couple (SSI Regulations)

🌺 Living with a boyfriend, girlfriend or partner can sometimes impact SSI

How to Navigate Disabled Adult Child Benefits

🌺 If you were first disabled before age 22 (Doesn’t matter your age now). 

How to Use the Social Security Blue Book and Rulings

🌺 Learn about Social Security’s Listing of Impairments

Lilac Gets Approved for Dependent Benefits

🌺 If you have kids, they might get dependent benefits (SSDI only)

The Social Security Five Step Process

🌺 Learn how Social Security decides if someone is disabled

What Will I Qualify For? SSI? SSDI?

🌺 Find out!

Can I Get Both SSI and SSDI?

🌺 If your SSDI check is very low, you be eligible for both.

Am I On SSI or SSDI?

🌺 If you don’t know what you’re on, don’t worry, you are not alone.

Am I Applying For SSI?

🌺 If you are applying for both SSI and SSDI, the SSI part may not matter.

How to Handle an SSI Interview (PERC)

🌺 Social Security will ask you about finances and living arrangements

How to Stay Out of Hot Water with SSI

🌺 A lot lot lot more than you ever wanted to know about SSI financial regs.

What’s the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?

🌺 Can I get both?

What’s SGA?

🌺 This is the amount you are allowed to earn from working and still be eligible for disability. Sounds like a simple number, but it’s not!

The Sleepy Girl Guide to Social Security Disability 

🌺 The Whole Shabang

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