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Taxes and Your Disability Payment

Social Security is generally considered a tax-free benefit, but that is not always the case. Depending on the amount of alternate income that you have in retirement and your filing status, you could owe taxes on up to 85% of your Social Security benefits. If you receive Social Security or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) […]

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April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Disease awareness month. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people. Most people’s symptoms take years to develop, and they live for many years with the disease. It appears to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. In short, a person’s brain slowly […]

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New Rules on Acceptable Medical Evidence

Here are a few Social Security disability rule changes set to go into effect in the next few weeks. • Acceptable medical sources. Under the new medical evidence rules, the list of acceptable medical sources has been expanded to include: advance practice registered nurses (APRNs), licensed audiologists, licensed optometrists and physician assistants (PAs). While this […]

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What’s Up With These Waiting Periods?

Often we hear from people who believe they need to wait a certain amount of time before applying for disability benefits. Nothing could be further from the truth. Time frames are both extremely important and very confusing in Social Security claims. Anyone with a disabling condition which is expected to last for at least a […]

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Combined Impairments Must be Considered

The law requires the Social Security Administration to consider the ccombined effects of impairments— physical and mental or emotional —when making a decision about disability. The combined effects of such impairments may be disabling, even though each illness or condition individually may not be. That is why it is important for medical care providers to […]

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Respond Fast to Any Notice of Continuing Disability Review

Social Security periodically reviews cases of people receiving disability benefits to be sure they are still eligible to receive them. Social Security says it conducts a continuing disability review (CDR) approximately every three years on each person receiving disability benefits whose disability we expect to improve but in practice it is less often. Social Security […]

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Hiring Freeze May Worsen 526-Day Disability Case Backlog

The new federal hiring freeze may exacerbate a backlog of appeals for Social Security Disability Insurance that has grown so big that an average case takes more than a year to be heard. “These are people who are desperate,” Judge Marilyn Zahm, president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges union, said. “There may be […]

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Wear Red for Heart Disease Friday February 3!

National Wear Red Day For Women is a massive national public awareness day the first Friday each February, urging women, people from all walks of life, businesses, towns, schools, the media, buildings and landmarks to “go red” and “glow red” to bring attention to the leading killers of women – heart disease and stroke. On […]

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