social security

Antitransfer Laws

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryLaws that penalize people who, in order to become eligible for means-tested benefits such as SSI and Medicaid, have transferred their assets to others for less than fair market value.

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Conditional SSI Payments

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryTemporary SSI payments made on the condition that the recipient get rid of certain assets in an appropriate manner. They are made if an applicant for SSI has too many assets to qualify for that program....

Countable Resource

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryProperty that the SSI and Medicaid programs consider available to an applicant or recipient when determining that persons eligibility for benefits.

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Dependents Benefits

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA type of Social Security benefit available to spouses and minor or disabled children of retired or disabled workers who qualify for either retirement or disability benefits under the program's rigorous...

Disability Benefits

Disability benefits refers to money available from the government for disabled persons. These benefits are available under Title II of the Social Security Act as Social Security, and under Title XVI as Supplemental Security Income. Additionally,...

Disability Law

Overview

Disability law refers to laws related to individuals with disabilities; largely, these laws protect disabled individuals from certain kinds of discrimination, particularly regarding employment, housing, education, and access to public services...

Earnings Record

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe record of a person's earnings over his or her lifetime that is maintained by the Social Security Administration for purposes of calculating the amount of benefits to which one may be entitled --...

Federal Benefit Rate

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe share of the SSI grant paid by the federal government. Many states add a supplementary grant to the federal benefit rate.

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FICA Tax

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryShort for Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax, it is a payroll tax that incorporates the Social Security tax and Medicare tax. The FICA tax is 15.3% of an individual's earned income up to a certain...

noncountable resource

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryProperty that is not considered to be a resource by the SSI and Medicaid programs for purposes of determining the owner's program eligibility.

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