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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

SECRET JUDGE PROGRAM TO END?

I announced on my website (www.misocialsecuritylawyer.com) several weeks ago that a reliable source had told me that the “secret judge” policy, instituted by the Social Security Administration in December 2011 would end shortly: perhaps as soon as a few weeks.

The program was created after perceived abuses by a couple of national law firms, which appeared to be dropping cases assigned to conservative judges.

Under attack from advocacy groups, including the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR), SSA may be throwing in the towel.  Law suites filed in the United States District Court under the Freedom of Information Act have proven successful.  Earlier this year SSA started supplying the identity of the ALJ in response to these actions.

Well the secret judge program hasn’t ended yet.

The fate of the program will, no doubt, lie with the new Social Security Commissioner, once one is appointed.  The term of the former Commissioner, Kenneth Astrue ended in January.

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