Archive | January, 2011

How to Prepare for a Hearing: Ask for Help

Social Security Disability Insurance claimants can wait over a a year before a hearing is scheduled with a judge. AND this is after a year of waiting through one or two earlier denials of benefits. If you are in this spot, please consider improving your position by having a representative from our firm to help […]

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No COLA for 2011

The Social Security Administration has announced that no cost-of-living adjustments will be made to Social Security benefits in 2011 because the national measure of inflation hasn’t risen since 2008 when the last increase occurred. Like recipients of Social Security and other federal benefits, veterans, their families and survivors will also not see a cost-of-living adjustment […]

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Social Security Overhaul Needed?

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, if you can believe the federal government, Social Security needs an overhaul but it’s future is far from dire. “The fact that the costs for the program will likely exceed tax revenue this year is not a cause for panic but it does send a strong message that it’s […]

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Data Overload Threatens Social Security

Compromised timing for a new data center transition and a slowdown in application modernization are among the top IT management challenges facing the Social Security Administration (SSA), according to a recent report by the agency’s inspector general (IG). A report by SSA IG Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr., examining the top management challenges the agency will […]

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How is Benefit Amount Calculated?

Q: I’m 59 years old. I worked from 1968 to 1992. My highest earnings year ($35,570) was in 1991. My projected Social Security benefit at age 62 is $863 a month. If I go back to work now, what would I have to earn, and for how long, to significantly increase my monthly benefit? You […]

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