Financial Independence: Directing the Management of One’s Social Security Benefits

Social Security Disability Benefit Determination

I was born with one eye & am life-long HOH with no success with hearing aids. As I grew older, my hearing loss worsened. However, my one eye did the work of both my vision & hearing through reading lips as a lifelong disability. I obtained employment & worked steadily until mid-30’s; most of my SS contributions occurred during this time. I’m highly educated with paralegal background, but was unable to sustain lengthy ...more »

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Financial Independence: Directing the Management of One’s Social Security Benefits

My plan for improving the process for payeeship

How should SSA assess a beneficiary’s ability to direct the management of his or her benefits? In order to make a clear decision on whether or not a person is capable of being their own payee I would suggest asking the person first. Allow them an opportunity to explain why they are capable of being their own payee. Allow them to provide documentation to support why they should be their own payee. Next create a consent ...more »

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