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Social Security Administration

Social Security Administration – Overview

The Social Security Administration, or SSA, is a federal organization charged with awarding and disbursing monetary benefits to US citizens and legal aliens who have retired disabled or are survivors of deceased workers. The Social Security Administration was created in 1935, and the first local SSA office opened one year later.

Whenever you apply for Social Security disability payments, the SSA will assess your application. You may apply for one of three types of benefits:

Benefits upon reaching the age of 62 or older
Benefits for disabled individuals
Survivor benefits in the event of the death of a spouse or parent

Medicare and Medicaid are both federal programs

If you receive Social Security disability benefits, you will automatically qualify for Medicare two years from the commencement of your condition. In most jurisdictions, those receiving Supplemental Security Income are automatically enrolled in Medicaid; however, a few states have their own eligibility standards for SSI benefits, necessitating the submission of a separate application.

Getting Started with the SSA’s Application Process

Not only does the SSA handle all claims, but it also recognizes advocates and attorneys for Social Security as resources available to assist claimants. The Social Security Administration has restrictions on how much an attorney or advocate may make from a settlement, so there is no harm in discussing with an attorney or advocate about your claim now.