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Social Security & Unemployment Benefits – How to Receive Both

Can You Collect Unemployment and Social Security?

While the Social Security Administration does not consider unemployment protection advantages as profit, your unemployment amount might be decreased on the off chance that you get money from Social Security. In this article, we will talk about getting unemployment while on social security. Nonetheless, the rules for diminishing unemployment advantages shift by state. The state in which you live chooses if accepting extra salary will diminish your weekly amount or every other week unemployment installments.

Why It Matters

Since numerous people who get a month to month, Social Security retirement advantages they need to backtrack to work subsequently resigning, losing your employment implies overseeing on less salary. Unemployment pay advantages fill the crevice. While numerous seasoned laborers qualify to gather both government and state advantages, whether you are qualified to get unemployment advantages relies upon the laws of your state. On the off chance that you fit the bill for advantages from both Social Security and your state unemployment office, you have to tell every office the amount of pay you get from the other.

Balanced Policies

Albeit singular states can set their own terms with respect to a person’s qualification for gathering unemployment protection advantages, most states permit you to gather full Social Security and unemployment advantages all the while. Just a couple states still have a counterbalanced principle set up, which decreases unemployment pay by 50 percent of your Social Security advantages. Before most states canceled the balance law, some required a 100 percent balance, which implied that you got no unemployment advantages in the event that you got wages from Social Security. As of lately, the laws in many states have changed permitting resigned laborers to get the full retirement and full unemployment protection advantages to which they are entitled.

The Origins Of Social Security Act

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act. A major part of its original design is still in effect today, which is to pay retired workers, age 65 or older a retirement income. I say in part because Social Security has vastly improved its benefits. Today, Social Security offers the following benefits:

Unemployment Benefits

The Social Security Unemployment Insurance (“SSU”) began in 1935 as part of its Title III and Title IX Act. Each state is responsible for their own program based on certain federal guidelines established by The Department of Labor. SSU pays workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own. Many people have SSU questions that look like the following:

How long does SSU Last: depending on where you live, normal SSU is a 26 weeks benefit. Some states allow an extension of 13 weeks based on certain circumstances.

How Can I Reapply If My Benefits Expire: if you still qualify, you can immediately re-apply for SSU benefits. A reapplication is really called an extension.

Can I Pay For Food With Social Security Unemployment Benefits: SSU benefits allows individuals to apply for and receive food stamps (SNAP). To apply, visit your local State social services office and fill out a form.

Does Social Security Unemployment Help Pay For Bills: The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is another local State-sponsored program to help individuals with job training, food, housing, home energy bills, and child care. Contact your local State social service office to receive an application.

How Long Is The Application Process For Unemployment Benefits: If all the information supplied to Social Security is accurate your first unemployment check will arrive between 2 – 3 weeks. The application process can be done online or in person at an office. It only takes around 45 minutes because Uncle Sam asks a lot of questions requiring proof.


Have you gotten your new Medicare card? Medicare is a Social Security health insurance program that is managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for seniors age 65+. In certain cases, others can qualify for Medicare if they are disabled. Certain people younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare, too, including those with certain disabilities and those who have End State Renal Disease. Medicare carries different medical service benefits:

i. Medicare Part A: this is hospitalization and skilled nursing insurance. There are no premiums to be paid. Beneficiaries can use this insurance after they are met certain requirements.

ii. Medicare Part B: this covers doctor services and outpatient care. Part B requires a small monthly premium which you can get help with through Social Security.

iii. Medicare Part D: this covers prescription costs. This is provided to users through a qualified Medicare plan. There is a premium cost for Part D.

You can spend 30 minutes at a local Social Security office for any Medicare-related questions. If not, you can now sign-up for an account online and in 10 minutes you are approved. Medicare will mail you a decision letter.

Working Past Retirement

As indicated by Social Security Administration rules, you may keep on working while you get Social Security retirement advantages. On the off chance that you take early retirement, Social Security will deduct $1 from your month to month benefit installment for each $2 you gain over the maximum amount, which was $14,640 for 2015. Acquiring beneath that sum won’t make you lose any of your Social Security retirement advantages. This arrangement applies just in the event that you are under your full retirement age. When you achieve your full retirement age, there is no restriction on the amount you can acquire. Your income will no more lessen your advantage sum. The government managed savings decides your full retirement age by your year of birth.

Lay-Offs Near Retirement Age

At this point when more established specialists get laid off when they are close to retirement age, it can bring about perplexity about whether they will meet all requirements for unemployment advantages. In situations where you also achieve full retirement age while gathering unemployment advantages, you can apply for your Social Security retirement advantages. Then again, a few laborers apply for their Social Security advantages early on, based on the grounds that they’ve been laid off and keep on finding themselves jobless in light of their age. Meanwhile, most state laws permit them to keep on collecting state unemployment advantages until they run out.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) / Social Security Disability

SSI provides monetary assistance to individuals who barely have any income or other resources. Applicants must be 65 and older, blind or disabled. Children are eligible to receive SSI if they too are disabled. Social Security benefits correlate with past income history. SSI does not.
People who don’t have much of the following resources and who need a helping hand include those that are limited in:

  • Anything that can be converted to cash and used for food or shelter
  • Life insurance
  • Personal property
  • Vehicles
  • Land
  • Bank accounts, stocks, U.S. savings bonds
  • Cash

When Your Condition Improves

If a person’s monetary or health condition improves and they can return to work, then their SSI benefits will cease. Other than that SSI or SSD will continue with reviews scheduled for every 2 to 5 years. Disability benefits are paid for through both SSI and SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance). SSDI Social Security pays benefits to people who can’t work due to a severe medical disability that will last for one year or which its diagnosis is death. A person can apply either online or through a toll-free number. For disabilities, you should apply as soon as you become disabled. The application process takes between 3 to 5 months due to the in-depth information that the Social Security Administration requires. Family members can also benefit:

  • Spouse age 62 or older
  • A spouse who is caring for a disabled child
  • Adopted, stepchild, grandchild under 18 and who are disabled
  • Child, age 18 who is disabled

Survivor Benefits

Survivors of a Social Security benefit carrier is eligible. The beneficiaries include spouses that were married to the decedent or divorced widows/widowers, children, and parents. In most states, the funeral home will report the person’s death to the Social Security Department. Survivors do not need to contact the SSA, upon death, paperwork is done automatically. If anything, survivors will receive a letter detailing your benefits. However, if a survivor is already receiving retirement pay or disability of their own, then they must go to the Social Security office and apply for the specific survivors’ benefits that are applicable to you:

  • Child’s Benefits
  • Lump Sum Death Payment
  • Mother or Father Benefit
  • Parent’s Benefits (from a child who died)
  • Surviving Divorced Spouse’s Benefits
  • Widows/Widowers

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