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  • As regular readers of SS&Y are aware, the Social Security Administration administers 2 trust funds. The Old Age Survivors Insurance (OAS’) fund pays retirement benefits. The Disability Insurance fund (DI) pays disability benefits. When Congress passed and President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act in November of 2015 to reallocate current contributions between the OASI…

    7+ months ago
  • The Social Security Administration has announced there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment in 2016 for the nearly 65 million Americans drawing Social Security disability, retirement or SSI benefits.  This is because there was no inflation between the third quarter of 2014 and 2015 as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage…

    2+ years ago

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  • Spring-Summer 2015 Newsletter SSDI Insolvency Looms We’ve known it’s been coming for some time and now it’s on our doorstep. Unless Congress acts the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund (DI Trust Fund) will become insolvent late next year and unable to pay full benefits any longer. Millions of Americans who rely on their disability checks for most, if not all,…

    2+ years ago
  • Fall 2014 Newsletter OBAMACARE UPDATE On October 1st it will have been a year since enrollment began in the Affordable Care Act national health insurance program known as Obamacare. The difficulties in the early weeks and months have been well documented. But where are we a year later… Read the Newsletter in PDF format.   Read the Newsletter in PDF…

    2+ years ago

WELCOME TO MY BLOG!

Welcome to my blog! I’ve published my written newsletter, Social Security & You, since 1993. Sometimes quarterly, sometimes semi-annually, SS&Y was designed to keep interested persons up to date on changes at the Social Security Administration. This could include changes in benefits, changes in procedures at the Office of Disability Adjudication & Review, and political changes.

I’ve also focused on medical & health issues, topics of interest to persons on fixed incomes, such as the disabled and retired, and features such as identification and fraud. The front page of SS&Y contains my column, A Message From Attorney Crawforth. Written in the first person, this column has given me a chance to address many topics and express my opinion. On a few occasions others have written an opinion piece of their own.

This blog is a logical extension of the column. Shorter, more topical and more frequent is the goal. I’ve got a list of topics and will be looking for more. Look forward to reading about healthcare fraud, the attempt to repeal Obamacare, medical marijuana, and more on the column topic in my spring 2011 edition, the lack of political will to make the changes needed to preserve Social Security and Medicare.

And I’ll end each blog with the most popular part of my newsletter: a medical study that is interesting but may be either intuitive, counter-intuitive, head scratching or just down-right crazy. For instance…

The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study focusing on the largely southeastern U.S. states that make up the “diabetes belt”. 12% of the population of these states have diabetes, as opposed to 8% in the rest of the country. The residents of these states are more likely to be obese and inactive. The populations are holder and have more African-Americans, who have higher rates of diabetes than the population at large. There are cultural, food and healthcare factors too, according to the CDCP.

The states with are rates of diabetes are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas Virginia, West Virginia & Mississippi.

Call today if you have questions about the Michigan Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer Services provided by William Crawforth.

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