Elizabeth Dickey

Leigh Dickey holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. Between 1998 and 2012, she worked as a legal aid lawyer in Virginia, Oregon, and Alaska. She assisted low-income clients with a variety of problems, including problems with Medicaid and other public benefits.

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Articles By Elizabeth Dickey

How Does SSI Disability Work When You Live in a Nursing Home?
Your SSI benefit may be terminated or lowered if you move to a nursing home where Medicaid pays for part of your stay.
Negotiating a Repayment Plan for a Social Security Disability or SSI Overpayment
In general, Social Security will negotiate a payment plan with you so you can pay back an overpayment of disability benefits.
What Will Happen If Social Security Says I Transferred Assets to Qualify for SSI?
Giving away or selling assets cheaply to qualify for disability can make you ineligible for SSI.
Will I Still Be Eligible for Medicaid if I Start Getting Social Security Disability?
Social Security disability payments may give you too much income for Medicaid, but most states have buy-in and spend-down programs to help you qualify.
Will I Lose My SSI Benefits If I'm Working Over the SGA Limit?
The SGA limit does not apply to those already receiving SSI disability, but the SSI income limit does.
How Can I Get a Disability Lawyer for Free?
Even at legal aid offices, most disability attorneys and nonattorney advocates work on contingency.
How to Find a Lawyer to Help You Fight a Social Security Overpayment
If you are looking for an attorney to represent you in your Social Security overpayment case, you will find that many disability attorneys do not take overpayment cases. The reason has to do with Social Security’s rules about how attorneys get paid.
Getting Disability for a Child With Intellectual Disorder or Low IQ
Children with intellectual disorder, low IQ, or mental retardation can qualify for SSI disability benefits if their intellectual functioning is so limited that it severely affects their life.
Evidence Social Security Requires for Mental Disabilities
What you need to submit to Social Security to get disability for a psychiatric or psychological illness.
California's Cash Assistance Program (CAPI): Disability Benefits for Immigrants
Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants, known as “CAPI,” is a California program that provides monthly cash benefits to disabled (or elderly) people who would be eligible for SSI except for their immigration status.