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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

MERS THE LATEST INVADER FROM OVERSEAS

Michigan Social Security recipients, as well as those from other states, have dealt with a series of flu-like respiratory illnesses over the past few years. There was the bird flu, the swine flu, & SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

 

The latest is MERS, an acronym for Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome. MERS belongs to the same family of illnesses as SARS.

 

So-called because of its origins in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the middle-east, MERS is a respiratory illness that begins with a flu-like fever & cough but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia & death.

 

The MERS virus has been found in camels. Officials do not know how it has spread to humans. Not everybody exposed gets sick but it has been especially deadly in the middle-east.

 

The first U.S. case was diagnosed in earlier in May 2014 in a man who had traveled to Indiana from Saudi Arabia. The second case involves a Florida man.

Given the large concentration of persons from the middle-east in south-eastern Michigan, it would not be surprising to see MERS appear here.

 

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

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