The Slippery Slope of Consultative Exams

As part of an initial application or of a continuing disability review, a claimant may be scheduled for a consultative medical examination. If you know someone being sent to a “consultative examination” by the Social Security Administration (SSA), there are several important to know. The law requires that SSA gives preference to a report from […]

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Fight in the House Over Social Security Fund

The White House has weighed in publicly for the first time today on a House Republican move that could precipitate a fight over Social Security in the next two years. The House voted last week to block a routine transfer of tax revenue between Social Security’s retirement and disability funds; the latter is projected to […]

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Chart of Where Social Security Benefits Are Going

In the past year, awards to disability recipients are trending downward while our aging demographics have pushed up the number of retirees collecting benefits.

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Tips for filing an Application for Disability Benefits

The decision to file an application for disability benefits is always difficult. Aside from the many complex tasks involved and forms to complete, there is the emotional aspect of acknowledging that outside help is necessary. Anyone who has dealt with insurance companies knows it can be a less-than-supportive experience. When you have your appointment, with […]

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Taking a Look at 2014 in Disability Law

As we close out 2014, there are still many challenges for folks applying for Social Security disability. Studies show higher denial rates last year, the highest since 1979, which was the beginning of the Reagan era! There are still rampant delays, and the Social Security Administration has not full recovered from the effect of the […]

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Frustration Over Growing Backlogs on Hearings

A Nevada TV station has been tracking the human cost of statistics like these: The average time between a hearing request and a decision was 422 days in fiscal year 2014, said regional communications director Patricia Raymond in an email. At the end of the fiscal year, there were roughly 970,000 cases pending nationwide, she […]

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Look Who’s Putting the Social in Social Security!

Even Uncle Sam is getting social. The Social Security Administration has rolled out several social media platforms to stay in touch with its constituency. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and even Pinterest. There are downloadable webinars too. You can download the regulations that Social Security employees follow. See it all at http://www.ssa.gov/socialmedia/

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Mailing of Paper Earnings Record Statements Resumed by Social Security

Beginning in late 2014, workers attaining ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 who are not receiving Social Security benefits, will receive a Statement in the mail about 3 months before their birthday. After age 60, people will receive a Statement every year. The agency expects to send nearly 48 million Statements […]

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World AIDS Day

SO much has been accomplished against this disease, and still so much to do. Keep supporting your local AIDS organizations. It’s not over till it’s over.

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Tips for filing an Application for Disability Benefits

The decision to file an application for disability benefits is always difficult. Aside from the many complex tasks involved and forms to complete, there is the emotional aspect of acknowledging that outside help is necessary. Anyone who has dealt with insurance companies knows it can be a less-than-supportive experience. When you have your appointment, with […]

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