Archive | September, 2013

SSA Plans for Government Shutdown

If government does shut down within the next few days, Social Security has a detailed contingency plan set fort at this link.  Hearings will go forward, as will applications for benefits and many other routine services. Let’s hope none of this comes to pass! http://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/shutdown2013.pdf

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Disability Can Strike at Any Age

A disability can cripple a person’s ability to work and earn a living. It also can maim a family’s financial plan more than a death of a bread-winner, because the disabled person still has living expenses to pay, plus the medical bills necessary for his or her care. One way to counteract this is through […]

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“Mental Retardation” Terminology Banished by SSA

The Social Security Administration has announced a final rule, which adopts, without change, the notice of proposed rule making it published in the Federal Register on January 28, 2013 (78 Fed. Reg. 5755). The agency is replacing the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in its Listing of Impairments that it uses to evaluate claims involving mental disorders in […]

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Seasonal Work and Its Effect on SSI

People currently receiving benefits are often curious about occasional work and its effect on eligibility.  Here is a Q+A response to that question from a a Social Security office in Bloomington IN. Q: If I receive Supplemental Security Income disability, what is the effect on my benefits when I take seasonal work? A: Even a small amount […]

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