Securing disability benefits from the Social Security Administration can be a difficult process. As our readers know from previous posts here, the process begins when a person files an application for benefits and submits evidence of their disability condition or illness. That information is reviewed and, based upon what is determined, the individual may or may not be approved for disability benefits support.
A previous post here shared a story about a proposed plan by the federal government to monitor disability benefits recipients' social media accounts. The proposed monitoring would give the government the opportunity to use information that it found on sites like Facebook, Instagram and others to revoke disability benefits claims to those who count on them to survive. If this proposal goes through it could be devastating to millions of men, women and children, and perhaps particularly to those whose disabilities are not easily seen.
It's not just a headache, but you are past trying to explain to others why your migraines keep you from doing things you want or need to do. This may include going to your job. It is a difficult decision to quit working because of a medical condition, and one as mysterious and complex as chronic migraines is not always easy to justify.
What a person chooses to share on social media is personal, but it may quickly become public if they do not use specific sharing protocols to limit who may view their information. For example, a stranger could find out a lot about a North Carolina resident just by scrolling through their pictures and shares on Facebook if that person maintained a public profile. For recipients of disability benefits, the government may soon be watching social media, too, as they search for cases of benefits fraud.
Supplemental Security Income is a form of Social Security benefits that provides low income individuals with financial support. In order to qualify for SSI benefits, a person must either be blind, disabled or of an advanced age. Not every application for SSI benefits is approved, and it is important to understand some of the reasons that denials may be issued. North Carolina residents who have had their requests for SSI benefits rejected may have legal options.