What Do I Do While I Wait for SSDI or SSI?

The processing time for a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim can vary widely depending on several factors such as the complexity of the case, the availability of medical records, and the workload of the Social Security Administration (SSA) office handling the claim. However, according to the SSA’s most recent data, the average processing time for an initial SSDI claim is approximately 100-120 days.

It is important to note that this is only an average and that some claims may take much longer to process, especially if there are complications or additional information is needed. In some cases, the SSA may request a consultative exam or additional medical records, which can further extend the processing time. It is also important to know that if the initial claim is denied and the claimant decides to appeal the decision, the processing time for an appeal can be much longer, often taking several months or even years to complete.

However, there are several types of assistance available for individuals with disabilities while they wait for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim to be processed. Some of these include:

1. Medicaid: Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides health insurance to individuals with low incomes, including those with disabilities. Medicaid can help cover medical expenses, prescription drugs, and other healthcare services.

2. Non-profit organizations: There are many non-profit organizations that provide assistance to individuals with disabilities, including financial assistance, housing, and other support services. For community resources in Northeast Ohio, see our guide.

3. State Disability Insurance (SDI): Some states have their own disability insurance programs that provide short-term financial assistance to individuals with disabilities who are unable to work. State SDI benefits can help cover expenses such as rent, utilities, and groceries. Unfortunately, Ohio does not offer SDI, but does offer support in finding employment for people with disabilities.

4. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): The WIOA provides vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities, including job training, job placement assistance, and other support services.

It is important to note that eligibility requirements for these programs vary, and some may have waiting periods or other restrictions. Individuals with disabilities who are waiting for their SSDI claims to be processed should contact their local Social Security Administration office or a disability advocacy organization for more information about available assistance programs.

The Roose & Ressler Team is located in Lorain, Toledo, and Wooster, Ohio. You can count on us as your local disability specialist to analyze your case thoroughly to determine what is necessary for you to receive benefits. We assess the best methods on how to prove the crucial facts of your case and gather the necessary evidence. Having 40+ years of experience serving Northern Ohioans, we know the ins and outs of the local disability process.

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We know our way around the process. We know what works and what doesn’t. We know specifically how to handle cases in northern Ohio and have four locations to serve you.

Hiring Roose & Ressler can alleviate the feeling of being alone throughout the process. We act as your point person and will be here to answer all your questions. We’ll make sure you meet the necessary deadlines and requirements for the appeals process.

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