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New rule threatens to hinder access to Social Security disability

Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits are important for people who are hurt and who cannot work. Those who seek SSDI typically have put in time at their jobs and receive disability based on their work history.

The rules for seeking disability are always changing, though, and the Trump Administration just passed a rule that will limit the ability of nonEnglish speakers to seek Social Security disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the rule, which will get rid of English-speaking assessments as a way of knowing if an applicant can find work outside their disability or medical condition.

Implementing the new decision by the SSA will make it more difficult for those who do not speak English to get the aid that they need. It's believed that around 10,000 people will have the aid they need limited as a result of the change.

Unlike some benefit systems in the United States, Social Security disability is earned. People who seek it have usually put in time and effort into their jobs. Many people who seek aid are over the age of 50 with decades of work behind them.

What should you do if you could be negatively affected by this new rule?

If you believe that you could be negatively affected by this change in how you apply for Social Security disability, you may want to reach out to your attorney. They can talk to you more about the impact this change will have, if any, on your application and what you can do to improve your chances of an approval moving forward.

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