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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

OBAMA WEIGHS IN ON POT VS ALCOHOL DEBATE

In an interview published in the New Yorker magazine on January 19, 2014 President Obama stated that, in his opinion, while “not very healthy”, marijuana isn’t more dangerous than alcohol. He also said he thinks marijuana is less harmful than alcohol on the consumer.

 

Though still a Schedule 1 substance under Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) guidelines & in Michigan, along with heroin, cocaine and LSD, the Obama Administration has backed off its previously aggressive stance in view of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington. The DEA has been instructed not to prosecute users in those states under federal law.

 

It should be noted that although medical marijuana is legal in Michigan the Social Security Administration is a federal agency. Claimants seeking Social Security Disability or SSI benefits should keep this in mind. There are some judges here in the Michigan ODARs hearing Social Security disability & SSI cases who don’t care about Claimant’s use of medical marijuana but there are many who do and will not award benefits to those who have references to use in their medical records.

 

Anything a patient tells a doctor is likely to wind up in their medical records and can come back to haunt them if they seek Social Security Disability or SSI benefits in front of a Administrative Law Judge in Michigan.

 

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

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