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  • Ebola

    In 1995 a mediocre movie starring Dustin Hoffman, Renee Russo & Morgan Freeman named Outbreak told the story of a highly contagious airborne illness that spread like wildfire across the United States. Fortunately, ebola, the flu-like illness which has infected thousands in Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone and other countries in West Africa is not…

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  • Social Security Teleconference

    The Social Security Administration has changed its policy on Video Teleconference Hearings (VTC).  In VTC hearings the claimant and attorney are either in a local Social Security Field Office or local Office of Disability Adjudication (ODAR) and the judge is either in another ODAR or a National Hearing Center (NHC).  The parties to the hearing…

    2+ weeks ago

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  • Message From Attorney Crawforth  DON’T LIKE OBAMACARE? WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE SNYDERCARE! As many know, in addition to representing disabled people before the Social Security Administration, I represent those injured at work before the Board of Magistrates of the Worker’s Compensation Agency. This practice area has become much tougher since Governor Rick Snyder took office.  …

    7+ months ago
  • Message From Attorney Crawforth OBAMACARE SET TO TAKE EFFECT The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, takes effect January 1, 2014. Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013. Plans and prices will be available then. Open enrollment closes March 31, 2014. A visit to www.healthcare.gov/ will give you information regarding the Healthcare…

    a year+ ago

WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?

In the face of dire forecasts over the future of the Social Security Retirement, Survivor and Disability trust funds the Congress passed in early February and President Obama signed legislation that will extend through the end of 2012 the “temporary” Social Security payroll tax deduction designed to help the nation get out of recession.

The 2% reduction in the employee’s portion of the 6.4% Social Security payroll tax to 4.4% on income up to $110,100 is continued from 2011. Above that amount only the Medicare payroll tax is deducted from earned income. The employer’s portion is still the full 6.4%.

The Disability Insurance Trust Fund is now estimated to be insolvent by 2017. The Old Age, Survivor’s and Disability Trust Fund will be insolvent, without changes, in 2018. The estimates on the exhaustion of the two Trust Funds vary but full benefits are expected to be paid through 2027 & 2028, respectively.

So it especially ironic that in the name of fiscal responsibility the solvency of the Social Security system is being sabotaged by our elected leaders of both parties, especially when politics seems to have trumped bi-partisanship in virtually every other area.

Election year politics over rules common sense.

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

To schedule an appointment call 1-888-890-1244 or fill out the contact form at the top of this page.

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