99.8% of Social Security Disability Payments Were Proper

The AP new service actually decided it was REALLY BIG NEWS that Social Security’s inspector general found evidence that 0.2 percent of payments were improper. The news service devoted a major article to reporting that $2 billion in benefit payments over the last seven years appear to have been given to people who did not […]

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World Diabetes Day Today: See How Social Security Evaluates This Illness

Earlier this year, Social Security (SSA) updated its regulations on determining disability based on diabetes. This can be a devastating disability in its advanced stages. SSA promised more specific guidance, and issued the new ruling, 14-2p. Essentially, Social Security always looks at a diagnosis, and then even MORE closely at functional impairment. As always, causation […]

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Veterans’ Day Salute from Social Security

Every day – but particularly on Veterans Day – Social Security salutes those who have put their lives on the line for our freedom. Members of the United States armed forces receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability applications. The expedited process is available for any military service member who alleges he or she […]

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SSA Pilot Program to Identify Criminals Expanding

The Social Security Administration is expanding a Philadelphia-area pilot program nationally to help bar criminals from controlling benefits on behalf of the disabled and elderly. Under the pilot program, potential “representative payees” who collect disability benefits for those unable to handle their own finances were rejected if they had committed one of 12 crimes: human […]

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Social Security Announces COLA Increase for 2015

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015. Over than 58 million Social Security disability recipients, retirees, dependents, and survivors will receive the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) beginning with benefits payable in January, while more than 8 million Supplemental Security Income recipients […]

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Same Sex Marriage: How Does it Impact Social Security Benefits?

As the Federal courts rapidly shift policies on gay marriage, it’s important to note that these unions also create impact on Social Security eligibility. Here’s a valuable link to the Social Security site, with some FAQ’s on same sex marriage and civil unions. https://faq.ssa.gov/link/portal/34011/34019/ArticleFolder/452/Same-Sex-Couples

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Keep Disability Safety Net, Allow Work

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi has written a thoughtful article calling for the reform of the disability system to all benefit recipient to work part time and keep their benefits. As many would agree, the current system has disincentives to working. She is the president of www.RespectAbilityUSA.org ..”In keeping a solid safety net for those who need […]

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Quandary of Unemployment Benefit and Disability Claims

There is a quandary in applying for federal Social Security disability benefits while also signing up for state unemployment insurance. On the one hand, a Social Security disability applicant, to be eligible, is claiming that any kind of work is impossible. On the other hand, asking for unemployment insurance means swearing that the applicant is […]

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Dozen Biggest Mistakes Claimants Make!

We call this the THE DIRTY DOZEN! It’s a list of a dozen of the most ccommon mistakes made in applying for benefits: 1. Not applying soon enough. 2. Taking ‘no’ for an answer – not appealing a denial. 3. Taking ‘yes’ for an answer – accepting a late onset date and thus reducing the […]

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Social Security Claimants and Private Disability Insurance

People with disabling conditions are often overwhelmed by dealing with multiple insurance programs, including applications for Social Security disability. Anyone who has recent work experience may also be applying for long or short-term disability payments through employers. In recent years, disability insurance companies have become more cost-conscious, and more adversarial in their dealings with people […]

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