Archive | October, 2016

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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Long Waits for Hearing Persist

Social Security (SSA) has experienced a chronic and growing hearing backlog, and increased case processing times in recent years. This causes people to wait longer for decisions. SSA’s pending hearing backlog grew from about 694,000 cases at the end of June 2010 to approximately 1 million at the end of June 2015 – the latest […]

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