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Social Security Disability Backlog Tops 1 Million

There are currently more than 1 million Americans waiting for a disability insurance determination from the Social Security Administration.

About 10.5 million people get disability benefits from Social Security. An additional 8 million get disability benefits from Supplemental Security Income, the disability program for low-income people who don't qualify for Social Security.

Using a Reverse Mortgage to Increase Social Security Benefits

Delaying initiation of Social Security retirement benefits can substantially increase your monthly benefit.

One way to delay your benefits is to borrow against the equity in your home though a reverse mortgage.

This can be a risky strategy, but it may be worth examining if you don't have savings, but you have substantial equity in your home.

Quick Answers to Several Social Security Questions

This post has very good answers to the following questions :

Q. I am 61 but want to work until age 70. What happens to my wife if I die before I start retirement benefits?

A. The wife will receive survivor benefits equal to your retirement benefit, less any benefit she may be receiving.

Q. Why wasn't I offered retroactive benefits?

A. Retroactive benefits can't be paid prior to age 66.

Q. I am raising a grandchild who has a father in prison and an irresponsible mother. Can the child get benefits on my record?

Do Not Click on Links in Emails from "Equifax"

If you receive an email from "Equifax", be very careful about clicking any links in the email. It could be a phishing attack.

As a result of the recent Equifax leak of 143 million Social Security numbers, criminals see the leak as an excuse to tempt people into clicking on "helpful" links from Equifax.

Be very careful about clicking links in emails that you receive.

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