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    • During the COVID-19 pandemic Social Security temporarily accepted faxed applications as valid signed applications. But no more. Since the Public Emergency ended 5-11-23 Social Security is no longer accepting faxed applications as valid. A valid application must by on an agency-prescribed form, signed beneath the penalty clause by a proper applicant and filed with the…

      4+ weeks ago
    • On July 26, 2023 President Joseph Biden announced his intent to nominate former Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley as Commissioner of Social Security. Mr. O’Malley must be confirmed by the Senate beforetaking office.

      a month+ ago

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    • Summer 2021 Newsletter STILL STANDING…AND PRACTICING I published the first issue of Social Security & You in Spring of 1993.  Some years I’ve published more issues than others.  The most recent issue was dated Spring 2019: over 2 years ago.  The world was a much different place then.  Especially for me.  Read the full newsletter…

      2+ years ago
    • Spring 2019 Newsletter An Opioid Story I’ve changed his name. Let’s call him Gerald. He was a laborer. And by that I don’t mean that he just did physical work. He was a card-carrying member the Labor’s Union local. And that meant a lot to him. I represented him for Social Security disability and Michigan…

      4+ years ago

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    • During the COVID-19 pandemic Social Security temporarily accepted faxed applications as valid signed applications. But no more. Since the Public Emergency ended 5-11-23 Social Security is no longer accepting faxed applications as valid. A valid application must by on an agency-prescribed form, signed beneath the penalty clause by a proper applicant and filed with the…

      4+ weeks ago

    • On July 26, 2023 President Joseph Biden announced his intent to nominate former Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley as Commissioner of Social Security. Mr. O’Malley must be confirmed by the Senate beforetaking office.

      a month+ ago

    • Social Security recipients saw a boost of 8.7% in their checks this year because of the high inflation we all have experienced. And since inflation is coming down, a lower cost of living adjustment (COLA) is anticipated for 2024.The Senior Citizens League, an advocacy group for seniors, estimates the COLA for next year will be…

      2+ months ago

    • Claimants for Social Security disability and SSI benefits may not be aware that the evaluation of their claim is not made by the Social Security Administration but rather by a state agency which contracts with SSA; the Disability Determination Service (DDS). The Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB) recently issued a report evaluating the effectiveness of…

      4+ months ago

    • The annual Social Security & Medicare Trustee Report was released at the end of March and the news was mixed.The Social Security retirement trust fund will be unable to pay full retirement benefits, unless something is done to shore it up, in 2033. However, the Social Security disability trust fund is in much better shape.…

      5+ months ago

    • Thursday, March 9th, is National Slam the Scam Day. This is a day designated by the Social Security Administration to heighten awareness on scams perpetrated by fraudsters pretending to be employees of the Social Security Administration. Scammers mention a problem or a prize. They may ask for your Social Security number or other information to…

      6+ months ago

    • After his re-election in 2004, President George W. Bush made reforming Social Security his #1 domestic agenda.   He proposed phasing out Social Security in favor of individual retirement accounts that could be invested in the stock market. Despite a strong push by lobbyists for the investment industry, the support both publicly and in Congress…

      7+ months ago

    • The January/February issue of the AARP Bulletin contained information regarding the long wait times for disability hearings at various Office of Hearing Operations locations, nationwide.  Portland, OR is 22 months, San Francisco, CA 20 months and Dallas, TX 21 months, for example. The wait times in Michigan are much lower, at present.  In the OHOs…

      8+ months ago

    • After months of speculation and estimates due to the inflation experienced by the US economy, we now know that 70 million Americans will receive an average increase of 0 per month in their Social Security benefits. Based upon the increase in the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W), benefits will rise 8.7%. This good…

      11+ months ago

    • A bottleneck at the Disability Determination Service level is being addressed by the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) by transferring “a significant number” of Attorney Advisors to the DDS for one year stint. The OHO also reports 56 new Administrative Law Judges have been hired and will start their training this month.

      11+ months ago

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