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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…

    2+ weeks ago
  • 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…

    3+ 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

HOW WILL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AFFECT SSA?

Just as occurred in 1996 when Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) GA and Bill Clinton faced off, President Obama & the Republican led House of Representatives have partially shut-down the federal government. The Congress has not passed a budget or continuing financing resolution over the issue of funding (or at least delaying) implementation of the Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare”.

How is this shut-down affecting Social Security? Quite a bit.

It’s pretty quiet behind the scenes at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Other than 1 employee at the reception desk the only employees at work are the Administrative Law Judges. They have a union and they are protected so long as they show up for work. They will receive retroactive pay when the shutdown ends.

The scheduled hearings will be held. The hearing monitors and vocational experts are contract employees and they will be paid. But all other employees of the ODARs are off work.

So although the cases will be heard and decisions made by the ALJs, decisions won’t be written, hearings won’t be scheduled, electronic files won’t be prepared for access, cases won’t be exhibited for hearing, the phone won’t be answered and cases won’t be screened for “on-the-record” decisions.

In other words, the ODARs are effectively dead in the water.

 

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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