December 1st is World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time […]

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When to Get Legal Help on Your Claim

People ask just when they should consult an attorney on a disability claim. Whether someone has already filed a claim or just wants to know about Social Security disability law, it is best to get legal advice right away. Filing delays can reduce benefits in some cases, because retroactive benefits are paid based on the […]

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Even Longer Waits for Disability Hearings

The news on the wait for an administrative law judge hearing just keeps getting worse! Many claimants wait well over a year, and this is after initial appeals are finished. Each step can add 3-6 months to the process, and then there is the unconscionable wait for a hearing before and Administrative Law Judge. Part […]

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Veterans’ Medical Records Go Electronically To Social Security

On Veteran’s Day, November 11, the new eHealth Exchange will go live, nationally, to all Social Security disability case processing sites. This enables all Social Security disability case processing sites to receive medical records electronically from all VA facilities. Veterans will receive a faster decision on their Social Security disability claim, speeding them and their […]

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Quick Facts about Social Security Disability

56 million Americans, one in five, live with disabilities. Thirty-eight million disabled Americans, one in ten, live with severe disabilities. Disability is something many Americans, especially younger people, think can only affect the lives of other people. Tragically, thousands of young people are seriously injured or killed, often as the result of traumatic events. Many […]

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Real Story on Social Security Deficits

This article identifies the misinformation out there about Social Security deficits: …Just like the benefits themselves, administrative expenses are fully funded. Social Security has no borrowing authority. Indeed, Social Security has a $2.8 trillion accumulated surplus. In 2015 alone, it ran a surplus of $23 billion. There is plenty of money for administration. Congress does […]

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Government Benefit Tips for Disabled Folks

Here are some tips for saving money, and reminders of benefit eligibility for free services if you are disabled: Social Security payments to dependents Who’s eligible: Widows and widowers, children, and other dependents of a social security recipient What you get: Monthly payments based on the social security recipient’s work history How it works: After […]

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COLA for Disability and Retirement Checks for 2017

Checks for 66 million beneficiaries will rise between 0.2% to 0.5% in 2017. That works out to between $2.61 and $6.53 a month more for the typical retiree, according to the American Institute for Economic Research, a nonpartisan think tank. Medicare wil also rsise, so many will actually see a reduction in thier monthly amounts. […]

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Social Security Revises Criteria for Mental Disorders

On September 26, 2016, the Social Security Administration published a final rule, “Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders.” This regulation reflects the most comprehensive revision in over 30 years to the criteria used to evaluate disability claims involving mental disorders. With the publication of this final rule, standards for evaluating claims involving mental disorders […]

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Funding Woes Impact Social Security’s Efficiency

The funding Social Security receives to administer its programs and serve the public has been strained in recent years. Social Security’s core operating budget has shrunk by 10 percent since 2010, after adjusting for inflation. While Social Security’s budget fell by 10 percent, the number of Social Security beneficiaries has increased by 12 percent during […]

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